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Graduate Student

Rolando

I received my BA and licenciatura degrees in anthropology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. The focus of my licenciatura thesis was the everyday experience of the State, through the school system, in a Shipibo-Conibo community. With this objective in mind, I explored the images of the other involved in the indigenous comunero – schoolteacher relationship and its everyday dynamics. For my doctoral thesis I plan to work with the Mastanahua People from the Purus River in the Peruvian-Brazilian border.

Reynolds

I work amongst activists in Barcelona, particularly those who have participated in social movements in various eras: before and during the Spanish Civil War, clandestinely under Franco, and since the transition. My interests are varied, but include a focus on how language choices are negotiated in a bilingual community by groups who seek solidarity across class lines, as well as a focus on activist narratives of disobedience.

Questa

I studied Ethnology at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) of Mexico, mainly because I enjoy learning from other people by living with them, which I guess defines me as an ethnographer. My first ethnographic experience was among the Warihó of the Sierra Tarahumara in northern Mexico attesting their social organization and cultural resilience under the extreme violence of drug trafficking.

Palazzo

I received a BS in biology with minors in classical archaeology and German from the University of Michigan (2010). In 2006 I became involved in the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia (see link below) as a member of the environmental team collecting, processing, and analyzing faunal material from the site. As of 2012 I am responsible for leading the environmental team in the field. I have also excavated on the island of Sardinia as part of Progetto Pran’e Siddi and in Tuscany at the Roman villa of Poggio del Molino.

McCarty

My dissertation research focuses on inter-household social organization at the Kazane Höyük excavations, directed by Prof. Patricia Wattenmaker. Outside modern Sanliurfa, Turkey, Kazane is home to one of the world's largest known settlements belonging to the Halaf cultural horizon (5200-4500 BCE uncalibrated, 5900-5350 cal. B.C.E.). The Halaf flourished in Southeastern Turkey, Northeastern Syria and Northern Iraq during the transitional Late Neolithic/Early Chalcolithic periods.

LaHatte

Development aid advocates a normative ethos of professionalism that foregrounds equality between providers and recipients while discouraging personal relationships that could lead to accusations of corruption, nepotism, and dependency. These personal relationships are understood to undermine the inculcation of values such as transparency and accountability that are encouraged by development aid providers.

Dennis

My current research is situated within the context of Nepal’s ongoing transition from Hindu monarchy to secular democracy. Specifically, I focus on the ways in which Brahmans, as a historically privileged group due to their high caste status, are negotiating new ideas of citizenship that integrate Hinduism and secularism. The particular ethnographic settings in which I work include emerging Hindu festivals and a private Brahman-run school.

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