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Anthropology graduate students awarded Engaged Cornell grants

By: Spencer DeRoos
A&S Communications
March 29, 2017

Three graduate students in the Department of Anthropology were recently named recipients of Engaged Graduate Student Grants for 2017. The grants were awarded to 16 graduate students across the Cornell community in various disciplines.

Anthropology doctoral students Amir Mohamed, Elif Sari, and Mariangela Mihai were awarded grants of $15,000 each to further their projects. The grants provide opportunities for students to conduct community-engaged research that is relevant to their dissertations.

Mohamed’s project, “Historic Memory and Pedagogy Working Group,” will bring together students and scholars from Guatemala’s public university system with local artists in order to produce educational materials focusing on elements of the country’s history that are omitted from the current curricula.

Sari’s work, “Queer Baby: Collaborative Multimedia Project with LGBTI Refugees in Turkey,” explores the practices and processes of LGBTI asylum as well as refugees’ experiences in Turkey.

Mihai’s endeavor, “Mizo Nationalism at the Edge of the Empire,” will produce an in-depth ethnographic film that examines the socio political activities of the Young Mizo Association in the northeast Indian state of Mizoram.

Cornell’s Office of Engagement Initiatives administers the Engaged Graduate Student Grants.

This announcement follows Cornell’s celebration of World Anthropology Day Feb. 16, a time reserved for anthropologists to share and participate in their discipline with the public. Cornell’s Department of Anthropology organized an event to showcase the work of faculty and students and showcased a selection of archaeological and ethnographic objects, which included several pieces collected by Cornell faculty. The Anthropology Collections are located in 150 McGraw Hall and include approximately 20,000 items representing human activity around the world from the Lower Paleolithic to the present, with archaeological and ethnographic materials about equally represented. 

Spencer DeRoos is a communications assistant in the College of Arts & Sciences.