Webinar – June 7th: Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: Applying for an Engaged Research Grant

On June 7th, 6PM SAST | 12PM EST | 4PM GMT | 7PM EAT, the Foundation will host “Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: Applying for an Engaged Research Grant”.

To register for this event click here.

The past two years have forced anthropologists to reckon with their discipline’s history and the nature of the relationships they forge through their research. They are finding themselves asking themselves hard questions about the ethical implications of the work they do.

The best way to advance knowledge in anthropology is to draw on new sources of insight. The best way to ensure anthropological research has an impact is to make sure projects are meaningful for everyone involved. By supporting projects that are collaborative from the get-go, the Wenner-Gren Foundation hopes to demonstrate the value of this new approach to research for the field more generally.

Join the Foundation’s president, Danilyn Rutherford, for a discussion of the Engaged Research Grant program. Danilyn will describe the program’s objectives, go over the criteria of evaluation, and offer tips on writing a winning proposal. There will be lots of time for questions.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa with CART captioning.

Webinar – June 6th: Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: Applying for an Engaged Research Grant

Wenner-Gren’s Engaged Research Grant writing workshops continue on June 6th starting at 11:00 AM Tiempo del Centro and 12:00 PM EST.

To register for this event click here.

The past two years have forced anthropologists to reckon with their discipline’s history and the nature of the relationships they forge through their research. They are finding themselves asking themselves hard questions about the ethical implications of the work they do.

The best way to advance knowledge in anthropology is to draw on new sources of insight. The best way to ensure anthropological research has an impact is to make sure projects are meaningful for everyone involved. By supporting projects that are collaborative from the get-go, the Wenner-Gren Foundation hopes to demonstrate the value of this new approach to research for the field more generally.

Join the Foundation’s president, Danilyn Rutherford, for a discussion of the Engaged Research Grant program. Danilyn will describe the program’s objectives, go over the criteria of evaluation, and offer tips on writing a winning proposal. There will be lots of time for questions.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Lerma, Mexico with CART captioning and Spanish translation.

NYAS Lecture May 16th: Silence and Sacrifice: Narrative, Emergent Care, and Community in Context

On May 16th, 6:30 PM EST, the New York Academy of Sciences will host, “Silence and Sacrifice: Narrative, Emergent Care, and Community in Context”, presented by Dr. Merav Shohet.

To register for this event click here. This event will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

What are the contours and meanings of sacrifice and care in troubled times? In this talk, I explore both the affordances and violence involved in acts of care and sacrifice among multi-generational families who survived war, illness, and massive political and economic upheavals in Vietnam. Highlighting the role of silence in experiences of suffering in everyday and troubled lives, I examine how family members narratively navigate conflicting commitments to those whom they are expected to love while affirming or contesting local versions of justice. Through a close analysis of stories and video-recorded interactions of care for the dying, I challenge the prevailing anthropological idea that sacrifice is solely a blood-filled religious ritual or patriotic act. Women’s and children’s routine sacrifices, I show, precariously knit kin together by silencing their suffering and reifying cross-cutting gender, age, class, and political hierarchies. These invite us to reflect on how the ordinary ethic of sacrifice help family members forge a sense of continuity in the face of trauma and decades of turbulence and change.

Featured Speaker

Merav Shohet is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. Her work integrates psychological-medical and linguistic anthropology to examine care, affect, ethics, and gender in relation to kinship, narrative, eating disorders, and the end of life in Vietnam and North America. She is the author of Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam (University of California Press 2021), and she has published articles on related topics in American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Ethos, Transcultural Psychiatry, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, among others. Two of her current projects include an SSRC-funded study of stigma syndemics and end-stage kidney disease in disenfranchised Boston area communities fighting Covid-19 and a longitudinal study of practices of elder-care and inequality in Israel’s transforming kibbutzim.

Discussant

In his ethnographic and historical work, João Biehl explores how people’s plasticity and environmental attunements disrupt and exceed dominant ways of knowing and acting, thus opening new vistas for storytelling and critical theory. As he dissects past and current regimes of power/knowledge, Biehl considers the array of human-nonhuman alignments, affects, ideas, technologies, and forces that shape survival in contexts of stark inequality and living together in frontier zones. In attending to insurgent archivings and advancing an anthropology of becomings, Biehl’s work seeks to restore a sense of wonder and movement to ethical and political debates and to creative expression.

Webinar – June 2nd: Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: Applying for an Engaged Research Grant

 

On June 2nd at 10:00 AM EST, 5:00 PM al-Quds time, the Foundation will be hosting a second installment of, “Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: Applying for an Engaged Research Grant”.

To register for this event click here.

The past two years have forced anthropologists to reckon with their discipline’s history and the nature of the relationships they forge through their research. They are finding themselves asking themselves hard questions about the ethical implications of the work they do.

The best way to advance knowledge in anthropology is to draw on new sources of insight. The best way to ensure anthropological research has an impact is to make sure projects are meaningful for everyone involved. By supporting projects that are collaborative from the get-go, the Wenner-Gren Foundation hopes to demonstrate the value of this new approach to research for the field more generally.

Join the Foundation’s president, Danilyn Rutherford, for a discussion of the Engaged Research Grant program. Danilyn will describe the program’s objectives, go over the criteria of evaluation, and offer tips on writing a winning proposal. There will be lots of time for questions.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Insaniyyat, Palestine with CART captioning and Arabic translation.

This event will also be livestreamed on Vimeo.

Proposal Writing for the Wenner-Gren Foundation: Applying for an Engaged Research Grant from Wenner-Gren Foundation on Vimeo.

 

Spotlight on the Global Initiatives Grant Program: Open Anthropology Lab, Bogota, Colombia

In 2020 the Open Anthropology Lab, Bogota, Colombia received a Global Initiatives Grant to expand awareness of social issues among school children in Colombia through the creation of three open access books on (1) Ecologies, (2) Globalization, and (3) Race.

Anthropology Xñ is an editorial project of anthropology for children. It aims to enhance their questions and curiosity through the exploration of contemporary social issues. We aim to encourage in children a critical understanding of human relationships, cultural differences and processes of social change. This first series is made of three open-access didactic books about (1) Ecologies, (2) Globalization, and (3) Race. Each book is created collaboratively by a group of passionate anthropologists who transform ethnographic data into tales, games and outdoor activities.

With the support of the Global Initiatives Grant the Open Anthropology Lab’s team developed three books of this series:: Ecologies, Globalization, and Race.

Methodology

The Covid 19 pandemic led us to develop a very particular and innovative methodology for our Anthropology Xñ project. For the last two years, the Open Anthropology Lab team met virtually once a week to collaboratively create the contents of the three books we have prepared for this series. The following is the regular process we would follow for the development of each book:

In the first few weeks, we would discuss the timeline, the structure and the objectives of the book. We define the chapters, four sub-topics for each chapter and relevant anthropological literature for each sub-topic. The team of approximately 8 people would divide into four working groups, corresponding to each sub-topic of the chapter. Each member of the team was part of two groups. Within these groups, people distributed the readings corresponding to each sub-topic. Afterwards, we will devote three sessions to each chapter.

2) In the first session, we would create two simultaneous meetings on Zoom in which the members of each sub-topic discussed the readings and proposed an activity. At the end of the session, the groups would meet again and present their ideas to the rest of the team.

3) In the second session, each group would bring a refined version of their idea and present their proposals on a design at www.canva.com. After that, all members of the team make comments and suggestions.

4) In the third session, the team would discuss the last corrections and form new groups for the next chapter. The process starts all over again for the remaining chapters.

5) When finishing the chapters of the book, we would form groups again to work on the diaries, the glossary, and the proof reading of the book. This process usually took between three and four weeks.

7) Finally, the Canva files were shared to the illustrator who used them as a reference for her own designs.

The books…

Ecologies

In this book we explore the relationship between humans and the environment. It is called Ecologies because we believe that it is possible for the human species to find a balance for its actions to do not negatively impact the planet Earth and the non-human beings that inhabit it. This book is divided into four main chapters. In the first one, we examine the different ways in which societies have related to non-human beings. In the second, we explore how humans have adapted to the different environments in which they live: the countryside, the city, deserts, among many others. In the third, children will learn about the main conflicts that arise when there are disagreements about how people should relate to the environment and natural resources. The fourth chapter encourages children to critically assess the solutions that have been proposed to address the environmental crisis.

Globalization

This book encourages children to critically assess globalization as a phenomenon of connection and disconnection, of wealth and inequalities between and within countries. This contradiction is in part the result of the desire of powerful nations to conquer and exploit other territories. These unequal relationships are what makes it less expensive to bring things like clothes, backpacks and cell phones from far away places. In this book, children will also learn the life stories of those that make globalization possible: factory workers, miners, home workers, among many others. We hope that this book will provide some the tools to face the challenges of globalization and make this world a less unequal place.

Race

This book is divided into four major chapters. Each of them encourages children to explore from different angles how the concepts of race and ethnicity have been constructed and the consequences on racialized people. The contents have been carefully organized so that they can learn about struggles against racism and discrimination, how racist practices can be reproduced on our everyday lives, and the history of how the strange idea that there are different human races came about. The last chapter explores the idea of intersectionality by creating a relational game that enables synthesis and reflection about racism and race. Crucially, it also encourages students to construct an anti-racist manifesto.

Note: All three books encourage children to have a Diary in which they can write or draw their reflections and everyday actions to help them reinforce what they’ve learned in the books.

Conclusions

We developed a collaborative learning methodology that allowed us to move forward with the consolidation of the corresponding chapters based on two-hour virtual meetings. The methodology was designed to avoid a hierarchical structure that led everyone contribute equally to the creation of the contents.

Our challenge is to accomplish a distribution strategy for books in school contexts in Colombia and Latin America, which allows us to make them Open Access while keeping the copyright of the books. One potential challenge is that the distribution strategy could be accompanied by teacher training on each topic of the book. This would allow the carrying out of pedagogical work so the books can be used in the best possible way. We are currently developing these guides, which will explain to teachers key anthropological concepts and will give them some instructions on how to use the books.