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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.
The 4th supplementary issue of the Wenner-Gren Symposia Series in Current Anthropology, "The Origins of Agricutlure: New Data, New Ideas" -- edited by: T. Douglas Price (Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin–Madison) and Ofer Bar-Yosef (Harvard University) -- brings together a diverse international group of archaeological scientists to consider a topic of common interest and substantial anthropological import—the origins of agriculture.
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.
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