1. University of Virginia
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Graduate Student

Rigney

I come from a background working on the E-MELD team on Linguist List, which aimed to establish and disseminate consensus about standards of best practice for digital language documentation, and linguistic fieldwork first in Argentina, then in Australia. Over the years, my focus has shifted from language documentation and description to the ethnography of language documentation - that is, the study of what documentary linguists do when they're in the field.

Eisenstein

My dissertation project is an ethnography of pregnancy in Mbarara, Uganda, a fast-growing city of some 60,000 people in southwestern Uganda. Two earlier researches studied: 1) the politics of memory and place in a post-industrial city in the mid-Atlantic US; and 2) bureaucratic constructions of difference in American healthcare. Across all three projects, a semiotic approach informs the way I think about the circulation, reformulation, or endurance of particular forms of social connection.

Morgenstern

My dissertation research investigates semiotic processes of ethical formation and transformation in a digital context.

Nicola

As an undergraduate, I double-majored in Anthropology and Classics, and was one course short of a minor in geography. I was fortunate to have worked as a zooarchaeological research assistant to Professor Gil Stein for two years, graduated with Anthropology honors, and received Northwestern’s annual Charles D. Hurd award for independent research (archaeology).

Bloch

My research centers the study of the past (and present) on Indigenous peoples’ knowledges and ongoing relationships with ancestral mound landscapes, working in partnership with descendant peoples of an eastern Muskogee (Creek) community in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Thousands of these earthen mounds sit across eastern North America, constructed by Native American peoples over the previous five thousand years.

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