Wenner-Gren Proposal Writing Webinar: Funding Anthropological Research in the Age of Covid-19

Join Danilyn Rutherford, the President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, along with other Wenner-Gren staff members, for a discussion of how to seek funding for your research in these tumultuous times. Danilyn will discuss everything from changes to the application questions to the meaning and ethics of research at a moment when anthropologists and those affected by their work are facing enormous challenges. She will also describe some of the new programs Wenner-Gren is launching to advance anthropological knowledge, amplify the impact of anthropology, address the precarity of anthropology and anthropologists, and promote an inclusive vision of the field. There will be lots of time for questions.

To register click on one of the following links:

Wednesday, September 23 at 8:00 AM (Pacific)https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RiyCMtY3SQSCq84RjcckJg 

CART captioning for this event by Gay Cordova.

Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 PM (Pacific)https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ga0H7fWDSOyLjJWlVBXHhA

CART captioning for this event by Lori Yeager Stavropoulos.

A livestream of this webinar will be available on the Foundation’s Vimeo page.

Webinar: Reclaiming the Ancestors: Indigenous and Black Perspectives on Repatriation, Human Rights, and Justice

On Wednesday, September 2nd the Wenner-Gren Foundation co-sponsored the webinar, “Reclaiming the Ancestors: Indigenous and Black Perspectives on Repatriation, Human Rights, and Justice”.

Over the last several centuries, Indigenous, Black, and other colonized peoples’ remains have been turned into objects of study for archaeologists, anthropologists, and other scientists. This can be seen most clearly in the collection of their ancestors, often excavated from cemeteries and burial grounds and taken to museums around the world. Today, more than 100,000 Native American ancestral remains are still held in U.S. public museums alone, while an unknown number of remains of people of African descent are stored in museum collections.

What does it mean to turn human beings into artifacts? What happens to the living communities who lose control and ownership over their own ancestors and heritage? In exploring these questions, this panel will discuss how repatriation–the process of reclaiming and returning ancestral and human remains–can address inequality. The discussion will further ask how repatriation might encourage a reckoning with the colonial violence experienced by Native and Black Americans in the past, which still reverberates in the injustice their descendants face today. Bringing together Indigenous and Black voices, this panel discussion finds common ground in the struggle for repatriation and assertion of sovereignty and human rights.


Michael Blakey, PhD, NEH Professor, College of William and Mary

Dorothy Lippert (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), PhD, Tribal Liaison, National Museum of Natural History

Shannon Martin (Gun Lake Pottawatomi/Ojibwe), Director, Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways

Rachel Watkins, PhD, Associate Professor, American University

Moderated by Sonya Atalay (Anishinabe-Ojibwe), PhD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

CART captioning by Lori Yeager Stavropoulos

Sponsored by the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Peabody Institute of Archaeology, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS

Webinar: The Case for Letting Anthropology Burn? Race, Racism, and Its Reckoning in American Anthropology

Join us on September 23rd at 2:00 PM PST/5:00 PM EST for “The Case for Letting Anthropology Burn? Race, Racism, and Its Reckoning in American Anthropology”, a webinar sponsored by the UCLA Department of Anthropology Race, Racism, Policing and State Violence Committee and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

To register for this event click here.

Moderators: Kamari M. Clarke & Deborah Thomas

Introduction by Danilyn Rutherford, President, Wenner-Gren Foundation

Lucia Cantero, Assistant Professor of International Studies, University of San Francisco

Ryan Jobson, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Chris Loperena, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center

Jonathan Rosa, Associate Professor of Education, Stanford University

Savannah Shange, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Zoe Todd, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Carleton University

Save the Date! New Webinar Series: Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment

Starting in September the Wenner-Gren Foundation will be sponsoring a new webinar series entitled, “Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Co-Production, Policy Change, and Empowerment“, co-sponsored by UCLA Asia Pacific Center, the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, The University of New England through the First Peoples Rights and Law Centre, and the National Cheng-chi University through the Center for Taiwan-Philippines Indigenous Knowledge, Local Knowledge, and Sustainable Studies (CTPILS).

For more information about the series and how to register click here.

About the Series:

How do scholars approach community-engaged research? Why is there a need to involve community stakeholders in research? What happens when communities engage the scholars and invest in the research process? An increasing number of scholars have actively strived for the involvement of communities, not just as mere contributors, but as active and involved participants in the research process. This recent shift in research practice is a product of the realization that collaboration among local, indigenous, and other stakeholders provides a venue for inclusive co-production of knowledge. In this webinar series, we showcase examples of successful scholarship in the Asia Pacific where local stakeholders and local communities are actively involved.  Panel members are researchers who actively engage with the communities that they work with.  The webinar series emphasizes that collaborative methodology is a venue where indigenous/local knowledge systems and Western science intersects. The goal is to utilize the knowledge co-production to argue for policy recommendations that has space for co-administration. More importantly, we highlight the importance of collaboration to empowering communities.

The webinar is co-hosted by UCLA Department of Anthropology, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMo), Ifugao State University, and the Partido State University.

September Events

Panel 1: Defining the terms: Heritage, Landscapes, Indigenous Empowerment

Wednesday September 16, 8:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs September 17, 11:00 AM (TWN)

Panel 2: Wisdom of the Landscapes 1.0

Wednesday September 23, 8:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs September 24, 11:00 AM (TWN)

Panel 3: Wisdom of the Landscapes 2.0

Wednesday September 30, 8:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs September 31, 11:00 AM (TWN)

October Events

Panel 4: Weaving and Empowerment

Wednesday October 7, 8:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 8, 11:00 AM (TWN)

Panel 5: History and Heritage

Wednesday October 14, 8:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 15, 11:00 AM (TWN)

Panel 6: Pacific Histories

Wednesday October 21, 8:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 22, 11:00 AM (TWN)

Panel 7: Indigeneity, Identity, and Empowerment

Wednesday October 28, 8:00 PM (PDT) / Thurs October 29, 11:00 AM (TWN)

November Events

Panel 8. Indigenous Rights and Heritage Laws

November 4, 2020, 6:00 PM (PDT) / November 5, 2020, 10:00 AM (TWN)

Panel 9. Preserving Textiles: Indigenous Knowledge and Methods

November 11, 2020, 6:00 PM (PST) / November 12, 2020, 10:00 AM (TWN)

Panel 10. Tying Ends Together: Translating Engagement and Empowerment

November 18, 2020, 6:00 PM (PST) / November 19, 2020, 10:00 AM (TWN)