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Monday night marked the second packed house in a row for the monthly meeting of the New York Academy of Sciences’ Anthropology section, hosted as always at the Wenner-Gren offices. This time, the hot topic (no pun intended) was Burning Man, the infamous counter-cultural event which metastasizes for months in the Nevadan desert before evaporating without a trace in the early autumn after a week of come-as-you-are celebrations of free expression.
Eric Plemons is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His project, “Making the Gendered Face” supervised by Dr. Cori Hayden, received a Dissertation Fieldwork grant in October 2010 and he is currently in the field. His research concerns the practice of Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) in the context of transgender medicine.
Linda Abarbanell is a Postdoctoral fellow in Education at Harvard. In 2010 she received a Post-PhD research grant to aid study of "Spatial Language and Reasoning in Tseltal Mayans".
Read more about Linda's work on the relationship between language, culture, and thought in the area of spatial language and cognition.
The Department of Anthropology, National University of Mongolia, is one of the first recipients of the Institutional Development Grant. It currently is in the last year of this five year grant. Read about the developments that have taken place in the Department.
"Terry Harrison’s Monday night talk on 'The Earliest Human Ancestors: Sorting the Contenders from the Pretenders' was one of the most successful Wenner-Gren/New York Academy of Sciences (Anthropology section) talks in recent years," reports Wenner-Gren President, Leslie C. Aiello.
The Anthropology Section of the prestigious New York Academy of the Sciences will be holding its monthly meeting at the Wenner-Gren Foundation offices on Monday, January 30 at 7:00 PM. For this session, NYAS and the Foundation welcome Dr. Terry Harrison to discusses the problems and caveats involved with identifying the earliest specimens of Homo sapiens' evolutionary lineage and making inferences about their relationships.
"The Earliest Human Ancestors: Sorting the Contenders from the Pretenders" will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 PM.
“The Anthropology of Potentiality” was held from October 28-November 4, 2011, near Teresópolis, Brazil. Organizers of the meeting were Karen-Sue Taussig (U. of Minnesota) and Klaus Hoeyer (U. of Copenhagen). Eighteen scholars from Denmark, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States explored how anthropology can develop our understandings of the medical practices where potentiality is articulated and how such articulations interact with moral notions of humanness.
Rayed Khedher is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Tunis, Khedher received the Wadsworth International Fellowship in 2008 to aid training in socio-cultural anthropology at UCLA supervised by Dr. Sondra Hale. We reached out to Rayed to learn more about his education, his research on undocumented migrants in the Mediterranean, and to get an anthropologist's perspective on recent happenings in his country.
Congratulations to the Department of Anthropology, National University of Vietnam-Hanoi, recipient of the 2011 Institutional Development Grant. This renewable grant -- providing $25,000 per year for up to five years -- will enable the development of a doctoral program in anthropology at the University, which currently has an active undergraduate and Masters level program. The Foundation is very excited to support this venture and the growth of anthropology in Vietnam.
Go to the Wenner-Gren Blog to read an interview with Professor Van Suu Nguyen on the department and the state of anthropology in his country.