Yen, Adrian Lip Shing, U. of California, Davis, CA - To aid research on 'Psycho-pharmaceuticals and Traditional Medicine in Acholiland: Emerging Forms of Therapeutic Citizenship in Postwar Northern Uganda,' supervised by Dr. Alan Klima
Preliminary abstract: Today in the Acholi region of post-conflict northern Uganda, international peacebuilding initiatives intersect with national health reforms to make generic psychotropic drugs, like benzodiazepine--an anti-anxiety drug, an important part of the care that government hospitals and NGOs provide for one of the highest rates of 'war-related' mental illness recorded in clinical history.
Yildiz, Emrah, Harvard U., Cambridge, MA- To aid research on 'Traffic in Value: A Road Ethnography of Pilgrimage, Contraband Commerce, and Border-Crossing Across Eastern Borders of Turkey,' supervised by Dr. Steven C. Caton
Preliminary Abstract: This research draws upon micro-historical and ethnographic approaches to transnational mobility to examine the increasingly popular Hajj-e Fuqara ('pilgrimage of the poor/modest') route that transports not only pilgrims but also smuggled goods from Iran, through Turkey, to Syria. I will study how a seemingly disparate set of social actors (pilgrims, smugglers, and merchants) employ the bus as a critical vehicle of mobility, and negotiate not only this transforming border, but also the seemingly distinct borders between religion, economy, and politics.
Yang, Xiao-Hui, U. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA - To aid research on 'Actively Aging in Traditional Chinese Medicine,' supervised by Dr. Joseph S. Alter
DAISY XIAO-HUI YANG, then a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received funding in December 2003 to aid research on 'Actively Aging in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM),' supervised by Dr. Joseph S. Alter. In her research project, the grantee conducted fieldwork in Wuhan, China, focusing on how TCM enables elderly Chinese to exercise more control over their bodies than is allowed when aging is treated as a problem through exclusive medical intervention.
Yang, Xiaoliu, Sun Yat-Sen U., Guangzhou, China - To aid research on 'Making Participatory Poverty Reduction Chinese,' supervised by Dr. Daming Zhou
XIALIU YANG, then a student at Sun Yet-sen University, Guangzhou, China, received funding in January 2006 to aid research on 'Making Participatory Development Chinese,' supervised by Prof. Daming Zhou. The fieldwork was conducted in Meigu county, an impoverished, Nuosu ethnic region in Sichuan Province, Southwest China. The grantee did fieldwork from February to December 2006 to study how the Western 'participation' in China's rural poverty reduction is made Chinese.
Worthington, Nancy Hayden, Barnard College., New York, NY - To aid research on ''Healing Hearts and Training Minds': Pediatric Heart Surgery Missions and Globally Circulating Biotechnologies,' supervised by Dr. Lesley Sharp
NANCY H. WORTHINGTON, then a student at Barnard College, New York, New York, received a grant in April 2011 to aid research on ''Healing Hearts and Training Minds in Honduras': Pediatric Heart Surgery Missions and Globally Circulating Biotechnologies,' supervised by Dr. Lesley Sharp. In poor countries, children with heart defects either go untreated, which can result in an early death, or are transferred overseas for surgical intervention. Now these children are treated in country by traveling cardiovascular teams.
Wouters, Jelle Joseph Pieter, North-Eastern Hill U., Meghalaya, India - To aid research on 'Exploring State and Nonstate Approaches to Socio-Economic Development in Nagaland,' supervised by Dr. Tanka B. Subba
Preliminary abstract: This project explores the tension between state and nonstate approaches to socio-economic development in Nagaland, India. It applies a political ecology framework to study changing land relations, which I suggest provide a lens through which one can study how state and indigenous, nonstate views on the envisaged socio-economic future differ, compete and interrelate. The common property regime of land forms 'traditionally' the key area of indigenous governance in the Naga Hills.
Wren, Brandi Tennille, Purdue U., West Lafayette, IN - To aid research on 'Behavioral Ecology of Primate-Parasite Interactions,' supervised by Dr. Melissa Jane Remis
BRANDI TENNILLE WREN, then a student at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, was awarded funding in May 2008, to aid research on 'Behavioral Ecology of Primate-Parasite Interactions,' supervised by Dr. Melissa Jane Remis. The goal of this research is to better understand how primate social behavior and ecology influence parasite transmission. This study used behavioral observations and parasitological analyses of fecal samples from 3 groups of wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) at Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa.
Wroblewski, Michael, U. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ - To aid research on 'Subject Shifting and Style Sampling: The Creation and Sanctioning of Voice in Amazonian Ecuador,' supervised by Dr. Jane H. Hill
MICHAEL WROBLEWSKI, then a student at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, received funding in April 2008 to aid research on 'Subject Shifting and Style Sampling: The Creation and Sanctioning of Voice in Amazonian Ecuador,' supervised by Dr. Jane H. Hill. Increased interethnic contact, language revitalization and standardization projects have introduced controversial new forms of expression for indigenous Kichwas living and working in the urbanizing Amazonian region of Tena, Ecuador.
Wu, Ka-ming, Columbia U., New York, NY - To aid research on ''Speaking Bitterness': History, Culture and Politics in Modern China,' supervised by Dr. Myron L. Cohen
KA-MING WU, then a student at Columbia University, New York, New York, received funding in October 2003 to aid research on ''Speaking Bitterness': History, Culture and Politics in Modern China,' supervised by Dr. Myron L. Cohen. The research investigated how 'speaking bitterness' -- a form of speech historically utilized as a Communist mobilization strategy to articulate experience of exploitation and to create class consciousness among the peasantry before and after in 1949 China -- continued to affect the way people articulated their experience in post-socialist China.