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Carrie Heitman Named ACLS Faculty Fellow

— from Dionisios Kavadias

Carolyn Heitman, whose dissertation was entitled “Architectures of Inequality: Evaluating Houses, Kinship, and Cosmology in Chaco Canyon, N.M., A.D. 800-1200” was just awarded a ACLS Faculty Fellows awards for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Using archaeological data from masonry house structures and circular communal 'kivas' in conjunction with ethnographic data, Dr. Heitman's dissertation examined the connection between symbolic investment in house construction and the creation of social hierarchies during the Chacoan florescence (A.D. 800-1200). The specific goals of her analysis were to assess the utility of house society models for Chaco Canyon and to determine if the insights enabled by such models help identify if and how social hierarchies were expressed or constructed through the idiom of the house. For over a hundred years, archaeologists have struggled to understand the degree and form of social inequality evident during the prehistoric occupation of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

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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." 

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