NYAS @ Wenner-Gren 1/28 – Audio Now Available!

The first NYAS Anthropology Section lecture of 2013 took place Monday evening with Syracuse University Professor of Anthropology Douglas V. Armstrong, who was on hand to discuss his archaeological work in the early modern English Caribbean. Download an MP3 of Archaeology of an Emerging Landscape of Power and Enslavement in Early 17th-century Barbados now, followed by a Questions & Answers session.

Wenner-Gren Year in Review: A Few Media Mentions in 2012

Every year, our grantees see their hard work recognized both within the academic world and in more popular channels. To commemorate a very successful year for the Wenner-Gren Foundation and our mission to advance anthropological research, we thought to list some of these achievements.

Of course, these are just some of the grantees and former grantees that saw their work in print in 2012. The below represents a selection of some of the more visual and visible mentions that Wenner-Gren-sponsored scholars received in the past year. Congratulations to all published grantees regardless, and if you would like to tell us about a media mention of your own, please don’t hesitate to do so!


In March, Notre Dame professor of anthropology and longtime Wenner-Gren associate (as well as the author of the Psychology Today blog “Busting Myths About Human Nature”) Agustin Fuentes appeared on New Zealand’s TV One to discuss what primate behavior can teach us about human sexuality.

In August, George Washington University postdoctoral researcher Erin Marie Williams was one of five scholars awarded the L’Oreal For Women in Science Fellowship for 2012. Williams, who received a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to aid her Ph.D. dissertation while studying at GWU, works on the biomechanics of stone tool production and will receive up to $60,000 to aid her postdoctoral research. In the Fall we interviewed Erin to learn more about her research and this tremendous honor.

In September, Notre Dame anthropologist and former Wenner-Gren grantee Lee Gettler received press in the Huffington Post for his study investigating the effects on male physiology in the context of paternal care.

In December, Post-Ph.D. Grant recipient and professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mahir Saul was named one of 12 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World in 2012” by UTNE Reader. Dr. Saul, whose research has covered many facets of African anthropology, was recognized for his work promoting African cinema outside of the continent.


Engaged Anthropology Grant: Deadline February 1st

As the February 1st application deadline approaches we’d like to remind you of the Foundation’s newest grant program: the Engaged Anthropology Grant.

This program is designed to enable past Wenner-Gren grantees to return to their research locale to share their research results with the community in which the research was conducted, and/or the academic/anthropological community in the region or country of research.  There are two application deadlines per year, February 1 and August 1, and the grant will provide up to $5,000 for expenses directly related to these activities.

To be eligible to apply for the Engaged Anthropology Grant, you must have already received a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork or Post-Ph.D. Research Grant, and the proposed engagement activities must be a direct outgrowth of this research.   Applications for each deadline are only accepted within five years of the approval date of the original Wenner-Gren Grant.  Applicants also must have completed their Dissertation Fieldwork or Post-Ph.D. Research Grant and fulfilled all final reporting requirements before being eligible to apply.  Former Dissertation Fieldwork grantees must also have received their Ph.D. before the grant is awarded. Applicants who were awarded an Engaged Anthropology Grant last season will not be eligible to apply for a different engagement project tied to the same Dissertation Fieldwork or Post-Ph.D. Research Grant.

Everyone at Wenner-Gren is excited about this new program and its potential to facilitate continued engagement of our grantees in their research area and to ensure that the results of the research are shared locally in the most appropriate manner.

We hope that you will be equally excited about the Engaged Anthropology Grant. For more information about this program and how to apply, please visit this page.

NYAS @ Wenner-Gren: 1/28

2012 has given way to 2013, and we continue on with our lecture series this month with a talk from Syracuse University Professor of Anthropology Douglas V. Armstrong. Dr. Armstrong has spent the last two decades writing on cultural transformation and the emergence of African-Caribbean communities in the early modern Atlantic world, and on January 28th we welcome him to discuss his recent work on the continuities linking historical slave-economy sugar production on Barbados and the modern-day late capitalist global order.

Archaeological and historical research in Barbados is exploring the transition from smaller scale farming to the capital and labor intensive agro-industrial complex that emerged by the end of the seventeenth-century.  The system of slavery that emerged on agro-industrial sugar plantations in Barbados in the mid-17th century set in motion the large scale exploitive system of plantation slavery in the British Caribbean and dramatically impacted social systems on a global scale, with particular impacts throughout the Americas and Africa.  This paper focuses on a combination of material and spatial data, including plantation maps and material culture recovered from early plantations in Barbados, to explore an emerging landscape of power, indenture, enslavement, colonialism, and capitalism.

Dr. Armstrong’s talk will be followed by a discussion headed by Christopher Matthews of Montclair State University.

The 7:00 PM lecture will be held at the Wenner-Gren office on Park Avenue and will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided. It is free to attend this and all other events in this series, but registration is required in advance; please visit the NYAS website or call 212-298-8600.