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Kate Hennessy


January 3, 2012

Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology–Call for Applications

January 3, 2012 | By |

The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is inviting SVA members to consider applying to the program, which focuses on ethnographic objects in museums. According to SIMA director Candace Greene, “We would love to see more applications from students trained in visual anthropology. It would be exciting to see how methods developed for the analysis of film or photographs could be extended to the study of three-dimensional objects. Interested students who have questions about the program or aren’t sure just how to develop an object-based proposal should get in touch with me at I’d be glad to talk.”

The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is accepting applications for the summer 2012 program until March 1. SIMA is an intensive four-week training program that teaches graduate students in anthropology and related disciplines how to use museum collections in research, incorporating Smithsonian collections as an integral part of their training. It is based at the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology and includes both classroom training and guided work on individual collection-based research projects. Support from the Cultural Anthropology Program at NSF covers full tuition and living expenses for 12 students each summer. Full information, including application instructions, eligibility, and program dates, is available at:

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