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May 4, 2017

Announcing the 2017-2018 SVA/Robert Lemelson Fellows!

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Congratulations to our inaugural cohort of the SVA/Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellows! 

  • Donagh Coleman (UC Berkeley, joint UCSF program), “Tudam Death and the Tibetan Ontological Body”
  • Saudi Garcia (New York University), “Visualizing Dominican Blackness: Digital Media Infrastructure and Insurgent Black Consciousness in Santo Domingo”
  • Camilo Leon-Quijano (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), “Photographic Commitment: Exploring Rugby-women’s Empowerment Through Multimedia Approaches”
  • Page McClean (University of Colorado, Boulder), “Conectividades: The Social Life of Chile’s Southern Highway”
  • Steve Moog (University of Arkansas), “Behind the Scene(s): Collaborative Visual Ethnography in Indonesia’s Do-it-yourself Punk Rock Scene”
  • Reese Muntean (Simon Fraser Univesity), “Virtual Reality Documentation of Salak Yom: Crafting 3D & Virtual reality Applications to Communicate Traditional Knowledge & Cultural Values”
More information on the SVA/Robert Lemelson Foundation here: LINK
Aynur Kadir

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April 5, 2017

SVA/Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowship Program 2017-2018

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Fellowship Details and Application Instructions

The SVA/Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowships are designed to provide graduate students working in the field of visual and multimodal anthropology with funding to pursue exploratory research for planning their doctoral dissertation research and/or methods training to prepare for their doctoral dissertation research. Research projects supported by the funding should have the potential of advancing the field of visual anthropology. Normally, fellows receive their awards after their first or second year of graduate training as they begin to develop their dissertation research projects. We expect to award up to six fellowships in 2017 with each fellow up to an amount of $6,000 depending upon need. Of the total amount granted, up to $2,500 may be used for video/film equipment.

Eligibility:    

o   Fellowships are open to all graduate students without regard to citizenship or place of residence.

o   Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application and during the period of the fellowship.

o   Applicants’ proposed research must be in the field of visual anthropology, broadly defined, but they do not need to be students in departments of anthropology.

o   Applicants cannot have completed more than four years of graduate education, including all institutions that they have attended.

o   Applicants must be current members of the Society of Visual Anthropology (SVA), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) as of April 25, 2017.

Details on joining the AAA and the SVA can be found at www.Americananthro.org. (Note: If the applicant is not a current member, we suggest submitting the membership application well in advance to be sure that the membership is current by the deadline.)

The funding cannot be used to collect data for the fellow’s master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

Fellows are prohibited from accepting the Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowship in conjunction with any other summer or research funding for the same projector over the same time frame as the proposed research supported by the Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowship.

All fellows are required to attend the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. (November 29-December 3, 2017).

Permissible Uses of Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowship

Funding: Financial support can be requested to support all travel expenses, including airfare, ground transportation, and visa application fees; living expenses and housing; fieldwork expenses such as gifts for participants, translator and field assistant fees; and all other reasonable and justified expenses. Funds may not be used to pay for graduate school tuition. Budgets must include financial support up to a maximum of $600 to attend the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C.

Funding cannot be used to support language training in more commonly taught languages, such as Spanish, French, and Arabic. Some funding can be used to support language instruction for languages where formal instruction is limited, but the focus of the project should be on pursuing exploratory research rather than strictly language instruction. Funding can be used for methods training, but the methods in question must be tied directly to the larger research project and it will be this project that is the focus of the selection committee’s review. Proposals for general methods or statistical training, for example, are unlikely to be funded. We expect to fund proposals between $3,000 and $6,000. You may request a larger amount than the stated limit, but it is very unlikely that an award over $6,000 will be made.

Application  components:

(1)  Application form: Download the fellowship application form from the Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowship website,or from here.  complete the form using Adobe Acrobat or Reader, and save it with your last name in the title.

(2)  Project statement: In 750 -1,000 words (excluding references), please describe the specific research activities or training that you will carry out with support from the SVA/Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellowship. Explain in detail how you will use your time, including any preliminary data you will collect and analysis you are considering. Please specify the ways in which this preliminary research and/or methods training has the potential to make your dissertation research more successful. Please indicate whether you have ever spent time in the field site in question. If so, please indicate the length of time and experience you have there, and how this bout of research will be different from previous visits. Finally, your proposal should specifically address how your research program has the potential to advance the field of visual/multimodal anthropology. The statement should be single-spaced, and use a 12-point font and one-inch margins on all sides. Any references included should be narrowly focused, and should not exceed 300 words.

(3)  Brief curriculum vitae: In one single-spaced page, provide details on your education with dates of enrollment; any research funding, fellowships, and awards you may have received, including amounts and dates, and any academic publications and presentations you may have completed. Include details on prior employment, volunteer work, and other experience only if it is directly relevant to the proposed research. Other information, such as teaching experience, should not be included.  

(4)  Budget and budget justification: In one single-spaced page, provide a detailed and specific budget with justification for the items and amounts included. Justification should include mention of how costs were estimated. Your budget must include support up to $600 for attendance at the 2017 AAA meetings, and this amount can be listed as a single item in your budget.

(5)  Letter of recommendation: Applicants must obtain a letter written in support of their application from a faculty member familiar with their work and research aspirations. Normally, this will be the chair of the student’s graduate research advisory committee. Please provide the attached information sheet to the individual who is writing the letter. It is the applicant’s responsibility to be sure that the letter is received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Only one letter of recommendation will be accepted.

Deadline and submission details:

Deadline for application submission: 5 pm EST on Tuesday April 25, 2017

Your application should consist of only two files: (1) a PDF of the completed application form (section #1 above), and (2) a single PDF file that includes sections #2 (project statement and references), #3 (curriculum vitae), and #4 (budget and justification). Please include your last name in the name of both files. To submit your application, please email both files as an attachment to the SVA’s President, Stephanie Takaragawa (takaraga@chapman.edu) by the deadline. Applications received after this time and date will not be reviewed. We expect to contact awardees by the end of April, and hope to contact all applicants by May 1, 2017. Please contact Stephanie Takaragawa with any questions or if there are any changes to your application, such a receipt of other funding. 

2017-2018 SVA/RLF Fellowship Application Form

Aynur Kadir

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March 4, 2017

The Kenneth W. Payne Prize for outstanding anthropological scholarship by a student on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic

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The Kenneth W. Payne Prize

 

for outstanding anthropological scholarship

by a student on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans* topic

 

call for submissions

deadline for submission: June 1, 2017

 

The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgment of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans* topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined. The Prize includes a cash award in the amount of $500. Submissions are encouraged from graduate or undergraduate students in any of the four fields of anthropology. To be eligible for consideration, work should have been completed since June 2016 and while the applicant was still enrolled as a student. Research papers as well as visual media (e.g. documentary film) are eligible for submission for this competition. Papers should be no longer than 40 pages, double-spaced, and typed in 11 or 12 point font; published papers or works accepted for publication will not be accepted for review. Visual media should run no longer than 60 minutes; media projects already under contract for commercial distribution will not be accepted for review.

 

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JUNE 1, 2017. Submit an electronic copy of the print submission as a Word (*.doc) or RTF (rich text format or *.rtf) attachment to payne.prize@gmail.com on or before the indicated deadline. Visual media projects should be available for download from an accessible website; send an email to payne.prize@gmail.com identifying the visual media project and indicating its accessibility. In either case, include with your email message a statement showing your intent to enter the 2017 Kenneth W. Payne Prize competition, and a 100-200 word abstract. Include your name, address, department and university, telephone number, and email address in the body of the email; in addition, indicate the stage of your graduate or undergraduate work at the time the submission was developed. You will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received within a week of its receipt. Please only send duplicate copies or emails if you have not received a response after two weeks.

 

The committee intends to organize a roundtable from outstanding Payne Prize submissions at the 2017 annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria: use of relevant L/G/B/T/Q and/or feminist anthropological theory and literature, potential for contribution to and advancement of L/G/B/T/Q studies and our understanding of sexualities worldwide, attention to difference (such as gender, class, race, ethnicity, nation), originality, organization and coherence, and timeliness. The award will be presented to the winner at the AQA Business meeting during the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (Washington, DC) November 29 – December 3, 2017.

Members of the 2017 Payne Prize Committee: Brooke Bocast (University of the Witswatersrand), Michael Connors Jackman (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Tayo Jolaosho (University of South Florida – 2017 Payne Prize Committee chair), Richard J. Martin (Harvard University) and Shaka McGlotten (Purchase College-SUNY).

Kate Hennessy

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August 14, 2016

Funded Fellowships, Filmmakers Without Borders

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FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS is offering fully-funded Fellowships for visual anthropology work in Bhutan.

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides fully-funded overseas fellowships to filmmakers/art educators to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology to underserved students in Africa, Asia, & Latin America.

– Live and teach in Thimphu, Bhutan for 10-12 months
– Teach filmmaking, media literacy, & 21st century technology skills to students for ~25 hours/week
– Shoot/edit x10+ video vignettes
– Shoot/edit x2 short film projects

– Flights provided
– Housing provided
– Food provided
– Equipment provided

– Other Fellowships: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Honduras, India, Morocco, Navajo Nation, Nepal, Tanzania, Thailand

Apply at developingfilmmakers.org by September 15th.

 

Kate Hennessy

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February 24, 2016

Funded PhD positions – Max Planck Institute, Jena, Germany

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The Minds and Traditions research group (“the Mint”), an Independent Max Planck Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) is offering two grants for two doctoral projects focusing on “cognitive science and cultural evolution of visual culture and graphic codes“.

Funding is available for four years (three years renewable twice for six months), starting inSeptember 2016.

The PhD students will be expected to take part in a research project investigating the evolution of graphic codes and the rise of writing.

If interested, please send a motivation letter (maximum two pages) to the group’s principal investigator, Olivier Morin (morin@shh.mpg.de) by March the 21st, 2016.

Full details can be downloaded here (pdf).

Kate Hennessy

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January 23, 2015

Call for Proposals, Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology 2015

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Dear Colleagues,

We are now accepting proposals from prospective graduate student participants for the 2015 Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA). We hope you will forward this announcement to interested students and re-post to relevant lists. SIMA is a graduate student summer training program in museum research methods offered through the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History with major funding from the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. Summer 2015 dates are June 22-July 17.

During four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and an off-site collections facility, students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data. Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. In consultation with faculty, each student carries out preliminary data collection on a topic of their own choice and develops a prospectus for research to be implemented upon return to their home university. Visiting faculty members for 2015 will be Dr. Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana Univ.), Dr. Cara Krmpotich (University of Toronto), and Dr. Marit Munson (Trent Univ.). Local faculty will include Dr. Joshua A. Bell and Dr. Candace Greene of the Smithsonian Anthropology Department.

Who should apply?
Graduate students preparing for research careers in cultural anthropology who are interested in using museum collections as a data source. The program is not designed to serve students seeking careers in museum management. Students at both the masters and doctoral level will be considered for acceptance. Students in related interdisciplinary programs (Indigenous Studies, Folklore, etc.) are welcome to apply if the proposed project is anthropological in nature. All U.S. students are eligible for acceptance, even if studying abroad. International students can be considered only if they are enrolled in a university in the U.S. Canadian First Nation members are eligible under treaty agreements.

Costs:
The program covers students’ tuition and shared housing in local furnished apartments. A small stipend will be provided to assist with the cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.

Application deadline – March 1, 2015
SIMA dates for 2015: June 22 – July 17

For more information and to apply, please visit http://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute/
Additional questions? Want to discuss a project proposal? Email SIMA@si.edu

NEW opportunity for faculty: For SIMA 2015-2017, we will accept faculty fellows to develop courses in museum anthropology. Interested faculty members should see the information included on the SIMA website and contact us at SIMA@si.edu.

If you would like a poster to hang in your department, please contact us with a mailing address.

Candace Greene
Ethnologist, Collections and Archives Program
Director, Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
Smithsonian Institution
(202) 633-1929

Learn about the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology: http://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute.

 

Aynur Kadir

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September 9, 2014

EMERGING LEADER IN ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT ANTHROPOLOGISTS,

EMERGING LEADER IN ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAM

 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS DEADLINE: 20 October, 2014 

 The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), a section of the American Anthropological Association, in partnership with the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA), the Anthropology and Environment Society (AES), and the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA), announces the 2014 Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program (ELAP). We welcome students to submit targeted applications for one of four program spots. Program participants will receive training in AAA and NASA governance, contemporary issues in anthropology on this year’s selected tracks, mentoring from anthropologists engaged in participants’ area of interest, and will have the opportunity to attend a special meeting at the AAA Washington, DC conference in December.

Positions for 2014:

SVA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Visual Anthropology

AES-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Anthropology and the Environment

SLACA-NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

NASA Emerging Leader, Topics in Nationalism, Citizenship and Modernity

 I. Program contents 

Scholarship 

— $500 toward expenses for attendance at the AAA conference in Washington, D.C.;

— free membership to the National Association of Student Anthropologists;

— conference fee reimbursement for AAA Washington, D.C.

AAA Washington, D.C. 2014 

— AAA governance training;

— NASA governance participation;

— ELAP Cohort Training Lunch: issues in anthropology, fellowship/scholarship/funding discussion.

Mentoring and professional training paper 

— pairing with a senior anthropologist;

— production of a professional research training paper (PTP);

— students are free to use their PTPs as they see fit, but a special arrangement may be possible with Student Anthropologist, subject to approval by the journal’s editorial board.

II. Eligibility 

i) Any student, ii) regardless of nationality, iii) enrolled at least half-time in a program in anthropology (major, minor, concentration or interdisciplinary area where the focus is anthropology), iv) having completed at least two years of tertiary education at the time of application, and v) able to travel to the AAA meeting in Washington, D.C. in December 2014.

Current officers of the National Association of Student Anthropologists and partnering sections are ineligible to apply. 

III. Professional training paper topics 

Student shall have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research during the program with the assistance of participating mentors on a contemporary topic in anthropology. Students will have several months after the completion of the AAA meeting to work on this paper, and may have an opportunity for publication.

Track 1, Social theory across disciplinary, subfield and national traditions: students in this track are asked to address their professional training paper toward issues related to anthropological practices across spatial, cultural, and topical dimensions. Students should scrutinize the relationship of these dimensions to the historic and contemporary differences and similarities of disparate bodies of theory. How, for example, have positivist paradigms informed some research programs while being rejected in others? Why have certain ‘national’ traditions of anthropology taken the shape that they have?

Track 2, Perspectives on anthropology as discipline, career, and identity: much has been written on the self-situating of the anthropologist, both as this relates to methodological considerations and as a source of anthropological insight. Professional organization and practices in anthropology across the subfields are often linked to identity, as is the choice to pursue a career in anthropology. Students in this track are asked to consider contemporary theory alongside their own experiences on a topic related to anthropology as a discipline, career, and identity.

IV. Application procedure 

To apply, please use our online form. You will need to upload an unofficial transcript, a current resume or CV, and a 500 word statement. You will also need to arrange for a letter of recommendation supporting your application to be emailed independently to students.anthropology@gmail.com.

Application form 

Go to: https://studentanthropologists.wufoo.com/entries/emerging-leaders-in-anthropology-2014/

Personal statement uploaded via the online form 

Applicants will need to write a brief statement of no more than 500 words specifying why you would like to participate in the program, your professional plans after completing your education, your research interests, and a preliminary indication of the concerns within the track you have selected that you intend to address in your professional training paper.

Letter of recommendation 

A letter of recommendation should be sent to students.anthropology@gmail.com with the subject ‘Your Name, ELAP 2014 letter of rec’ (for example: Jane Smith, ELAP 2014 letter of rec).

Basis of selection 

Applicants will be selected for achievement at their respective levels (undergraduate, master, doctoral) based on the following criteria:

— academic performance and intellectual maturity;

— demonstrated leadership;

— commitments and engagements outside of formal education, including community and political activism and professional service;

— demonstrated knowledge of contemporary issues within the track chosen (engaged/activist anthropology or world anthropologies).

V. Questions 

Please send all questions to: students.anthropology@gmail.com.

Kate Hennessy

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January 3, 2012

Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology–Call for Applications

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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 sima@si.edu. 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: http://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute.

If you would like a print copy of the attached poster image to display in your department, please send a mailing address to sima@si.edu and we will be glad to send one.

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October 29, 2011

SVA Sponsored Sessions at the AAA Annual Meeting

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We encourage those who are attending the AAA annual meeting in Montreal to check out the sessions, roundtables, workshops, films, exhibitions, and meetings that are sponsored by SVA.

Montréal

There’s a lot to be discussed, debated, and discovered about visual anthropology and visual research, and hopefully these sessions and events during the AAA meeting will provide opportunities for us to share thoughts and consider new perspectives.

All SVA sponsored, and invited, panels are listed here.

Everyone, and anyone, interested in visual anthropology and the SVA is welcome to attend our Business Meeting on Friday, November 18 at 1215, which will be immediately followed by a roundtable discussion on visual ethics.

We are also running two workshops on photography and fieldwork, which you can read about and register for here.

Finally, we have put together a general guide to SVA events during the AAA meeting, which can be picked up during the week at the convention center.

Kate Hennessy

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January 21, 2011

SIMA: Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology

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SIMA: Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology

Supported by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Science Foundation

June 27 – July 22, 2011

Application deadline: MARCH 1 2011

SIMA is a graduate student training program in museum research methods offered through the Dept. of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.  Students participate in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and at an off-site collections facility, learning to navigate museum systems and select methods for examination and analysis of museum specimens while collecting data for a project of their choice.

WHO: Graduate students interested in using museum collections as data

DATES: Applications are due MARCH 1, 2011; SIMA 2011 dates are June 27 – July 22, 2011

COST : The program covers tuition and housing (provided at a local university). A small stipend will be provided to assist with the cost of food and other local expenses. Participants are individually responsible for the cost of travel.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://anthropology.si.edu/summerinstitute/



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