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New ACLS Faculty Fellow: Jason Hickel

— from Dionisios Kavadias

Recent graduate, Dr. Jason Hickel was awarded ACLS Faculty Fellows awards for the 2012-2013 academic year. As an Africanist specializing in the anthropology of democracy, violence, and political conflict, Dr. Hickel has been engaged in ethnographic and archival research in South Africa since 2007, and has successfully completed his dissertation entitiled: “Democracy & Sabotage: Moral Order and Political Conflict in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.” Dr. Hickel's  current research investigates recent episodes of vigilante violence against foreign immigrants in South Africa's informal settlements, looking at "the connections between xenophobia and the notions about witchcraft that inform popular anxieties about employment, marriage, and other tenets of social reproduction." 

His work has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation. 

For the last several years, the American Council of Learned Society for the advancement of the Humanities, along with the Mellon Foundation, has selected about 50 new Ph.Ds for this prestigious award. Each fellow may be assigned to a participating university—UVa is in the program—to teach and research for two years in exchange for research funds and a modest starting salary. Of the 50 Fellows selected this year 5 were anthropologists, and two were from UVa. A third Fellow, Townsend Middleton, received his B.A. from us in 1999. A fourth, Junjie Chen, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, is a student of a UVa Ph.D. alumn, Alma Gottlieb.

Date: 
Saturday, 25 February 2012
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