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Wenner-Gren Seminars: Call for Proposals

The Wenner-Gren Foundation seeks proposals for its new Seminar program.  Growing out of our longstanding Symposium program, Wenner-Gren Seminars are small three-day workshops that bring together scholars at different stages of their career for conversations addressing one or more of the Foundation’s strategic goals: advancing anthropological knowledge, increasing the impact of anthropology, addressing the precarity of anthropologists, and promoting an inclusive vision of the field.  Held in conjunction with major international conferences, they provide advanced graduate students, recent doctorates, and established anthropologists with an opportunity to expand their networks and gain an in-depth understanding of each other’s work, while collaborating on issues of shared concern. Proposals must focus on a theme, a problem, or a research area likely to foster productive engagement across generational lines.  The Foundation will act as host for these meetings, help design the format and plan for recruiting participants, and cover all costs.

Please send a letter of intent with a brief description of your proposed theme to lobbink@wennergren.orgThe due date for letters of intent is October 1, 2019.  We will request full proposals for a selection of these in early 2020.  If you have questions, please contact lobbink@wennergren.org.
 

Selection Criteria for Letters of Intent

  • How well does the proposed seminar address one or more of the Foundation’s strategic goals?
  • To what degree will the proposed seminar change the conversation within anthropology? 
  • How effective will this theme be in sparking an intergenerational engagement?  How will an intergenerational engagement move forward thinking on this theme?
  • To what degree will the proposed seminar bring together scholars who otherwise might not be in conversation?
     

Additional Selection Criteria for Full Proposals

  • Have the proposers come up with an effective and appropriate plan for selecting participants and structuring the meeting?
  • What impact will this seminar make on the discipline?  Have the proposers come up with an effective and appropriate plan for ensuring that the seminar has an afterlife?

Seminars Eligibility