The Engaged Anthropology Grant allows WGF grantees an exciting opprotunity to contribute to engaged, equitable scholarship. In today’s guest blog post, we welcome Kristina Lyons, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Santa Cruz who originally received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant in 2007 to aid research on ‘Science, Storytelling, and the Politics of Collaboration: Advocacy against Aerial Fumigation in Colombia’ and returned to her fieldsite in 2013.
A recording of last week's New York Academy of Sciences event, Kuru Sorcery Revisited, is now available. Listen now!
Joshua Samuels earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant in 2010. This year, he was awarded the Engaged Anthropology Grant to enable him to return to his field site in Western Sicily, where he explored how Sicilian farmers negotiated Fascist land reforms and building programs of the 1930s and early 1940s, to share his research results with the community that hosted him.
Cruz-Torres was originally awarded funding in 2008 to aid research on her project ‘The Shrimp Ladies: A Political Ecology of Gender, Fisheries and Grassroots Movements in Northwestern Mexico.’ Last year, she received the EAG to return to Sinaloa to write a book with her collaborators' help.
Another grantee returns from their Engaged Anthropology Grant, with a report from Jessica Robbins of the University of Michigan on her project on aging in Poland.
Another installment of blog reports from our Engaged Anthropology Program, this time from St. Andrew's primatologist Catherine Hobaiter, who returned to her Ugandan field site in 2012 to share her research on chimpanzee communication with schoolchildren, researchers and local guides.
The latest Engaged Anthropology Grant final report is in, with Dr. Manthi of the National Museum of Kenya telling us all about his journey back to the infamous Turkana Basin to share his research with the local population. Click through to the blog to learn about his experience and the current state of anthropology education in Kenya.
The department of social anthropology at Addis Ababa University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is the latest recipient of the Wenner-Gren Foundation’s Institutional Development Grant program. This renewable grant will support the continued development of an undergraduate and graduate program in anthropology. To learn more about AAU, anthropology in Ethiopia, and the award, we spoke to Dr. Adugna Tufa Fekadu.
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Dr. Frederick Manthi is senior research scientist and head of the paleontology division of the Department of Earth Sciences at the National Museums of Kenya. He has been involved with the Wenner-Gren foundation since 2006, completing several post-PhD research grants aiding investigation of Pleistocene-era Kenya. Beginning in 2007, Dr. Manthi has conducted a series of Human Evolution Workshops in his country with the intent of arming high school teachers with the proper tools to teach human evolution effectively in their schools.