Terra Edwards is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her project, entitled “'Language, Embodiment, and Sociality in a Tactile Life-world: Communication Practices in Everyday Life among Deaf-Blind People in Seattle, Washington,' supervised by Dr. William F. Hanks, received a Dissertation Fieldwork grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation in May 2010. Currently in the midst of conducting her research, the Wenner-Gren blog reached out to Ms. Edwards to answer some questions about her research and academic interests.
Wenner-Gren is at the 110th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal where over 6000 anthropologists are expected for five days of discussion and debate. Things start Wednesday, however the World Council of Anthropological Associations met Tuesday. This is a meta-association of 38 national anthropological associations worldwide devoted to establishing a means for networking and communication for international anthropology. Over 20 presidents of these associations attended to discuss plans for WCAA symposia at future national meetings (see www.wcaanet.org for more information) and two new and exciting initiatives.
Chelsey Kivland is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation project, entitled 'Of Bands and Soldiers: Performance, Sovereignty, and Violence in Contemporary Haiti,' is supervised by Dr. Stephan Palmie and received funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Recently the Wenner-Gren Blog reached out to Ms. Kivland to learn more about her work with Haitian ‘foot bands’ before and after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
It's that time again! The American Anthropological Association's annual meeting is upon us, and Wenner-Gren will of course be on site in Montreal to take part in the discipline's biggest event of the year. Peek below the cut for a full schedule of Wenner-Gren Foundation events and where to find us at the meeting.
The third volume of the Wenner-Gren Symposium series, published through Current Anthropology has been mailed alongside the regular April issue. It is also availabe as an open access issue on the CA website here. The special issue, edited by Damani J. Partridge (University of Michigan), Marina Welker (Cornell), and Rebecca Hardin (University of Michigan) is the result of a Wenner-Gren International Symposium held at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico August 21-27, 2008.
February marks the Wenner-Gren Foundation’s 70th anniversary. The Foundation (then known as The Viking Fund) was incorporated in 1941 at the behest of Axel Wenner-Gren with a donation of $2 million dollars. Today the Foundation provides over $5 million dollars each year in support of Anthropology worldwide.
The Wenner-Gren Foundation's "Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Statement for Reviewers"
The Foundation will be sponsoring several different events at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans, November 17-21, 2010.
We hope you will be able to join us!
The first Barbara Metzger Prize has been awarded to Jan Blommaert, professor of language, culture, and globalization at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, and professor in African linguistics and sociolinguistics at Ghent University in Belgium.
The second issue of the Wenner-Gren Symposium Series, published through Current Anthropology will be mailed alongside the regular October 2010 issue. Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas is edited by Setha Low (CUNY) and Sally Merry (NYU). The Foundation is now publishing the output of its symposia through the journal. This allows symposium articles to be available for worldwide distribution and access