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March 1, 2010

Dr. Kimberly Theidon (Harvard) was awarded a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (1998), a Post-Phd Research Grant (2004), and a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006) to support her research projects on trauma, sexual violence, memory, and transitional justice and reconciliation in Peru.

The 2010 Oscar contender for Best Foreign Film, The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada), directed by Claudia Llosa, is inspired by the ethnographic research and testimonials contained in Dr. Theidon's first book documenting women and their experience of sexual violence in the Andean highlands in the 1980s. The book, Entre Prójimos: El conflicto armado interno y la política de la reconciliación en el Perú (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2004) draws upon extensive qualitative research on political violence, trauma, religious movements and transitional justice in post-war Peru. Entre Prójimos was awarded the 2006 Premio Iberoamericano Book Award Honorable Mention for outstanding book in the social sciences by the Latin American Studies Association.

Dr. Kimberly Theidon is a medical anthropologist focusing on Latin America. Her research interests include critical theory applied to medicine, psychology and anthropology; gender studies; domestic, structural and political violence; theories and forms of subjectivity; human rights and international humanitarian law; truth commissions, transitional justice and reconciliation; the politics of post-war reparations; comparative peace processes; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programs for ex-combatants; anthropology of development; and US counter-narcotics policy.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation sends all of our best wishes for Claudia Llhosa and Dr. Theidon and hopes that the film continues its success on Oscar night, the 7th of March. The Foundation is delighted to see the various (and sometimes unexpected!) innovative ways that anthropology can contribute to public debates.

For more on the film and the Oscars please click here

For an interview with Dr. Theidon on her work and the film click here  

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