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Anthropology PhDs: where are they now?

Judith Bovensiepen was awarded a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. Judith's research is on East Timor, and she plans to publish parts of her thesis as articles and/or a book. Following her fellowship, Judith is now working as a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Kent University.

Maxim Bolt joined the British Museum's 'Money in Africa' research project, for which he has conducted new research in Malawi, Uganda and  Nigeria. In January 2012, he began a Lectureship in African Anthropology at the University of Birmingham

Katie Dow has been awarded the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she will be taking up for one year at the University of Edinburgh. During her fellowship Katie will be developing a publication record on the ethics of surrogacy (based on fieldwork she carried out for her PhD in rural Scotland), as well as attending conferences and undertaking some teaching on the 'kinship' course.

Tom Widger has also been awarded the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, which he undertook for 12 months (from January 2011) in the Department of Social Anthropology at Brunel University. Tom's research is entitled 'Suicidal behaviour in a globalising context: exploring changing causalities and moralities of self-harm in Sri Lanka and comparative settings.' During his fellowship he worked on several publications, including turning his PhD thesis into a book and co-editing a volume of papers on the anthropology of suicide with Dr James Staples.

Elizabeth Hull became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research in Agriculture and Health in the SOAS Food Studies Centre. Her position ran until 2012, with her research focusing on agricultural production, livelihoods and indebtedness among farmers, and the impact of these upon foodways and nutrition in South Africa. The Fellowship was followed by promotion to Lecturer in 2012.

Fraser McNeill has been appointed as Senior Lecturer of Anthropology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Amit Desai is now a Research Fellow in the Anthropology Department at Queen's University, Belfast, on the HERA-funded project 'Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement', conducting fieldwork with temple architects, sculptors, and artists in Tamil Nadu, India.

Student Prize Winners

Christopher Bell (BSc Social Anthropology) has been awarded the department's Michael Sallnow Prize for obtaining the highest mark in the third year Special Essay in 2010/11.

Kimberly Chong won the 2010/1 Firth Prize for "Implementing Strategy, Reengineering Culture: Management Consulting and The Project of Modernisation in post-Mao China" which was the best paper presented by a research student the Anthropology Department's Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory. The committee praised the standard of all the papers presented by our research students in 2010/1.

Congratulations to them all.

D2Development Fund

Last year's MSc Anthropology and Development students Aoife McCullough, Hamid Foroughi, Michael Schaefer and Magdalena Kloss won the "D2Development Fund", a grant awarded by the DESTIN alumni network forinnovative ideas in development.

Worldwise development aims to address the problem that development projects are too often designed with a paucity of knowledge concerning local contexts. The website worldwisedevelopment.org| will allow development practitioners to search anthropologists by region and expertise, facilitating consultation and the permeation of anthropological knowledge and expertise in the development industry.

Emilie Hitch in Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal

Emilie has been recognised in the Minnesota 2012 Volunteer Hall of Fame by Mpls St Paul Magazine. See http://mspmag.com/Community/Features/Volunteering-Nonprofits/Good-Deeds-2012-Volunteer-Hall-of-Fame/?page=1| for details of her volunteer work.

You can also read a report on former MSc student Emilie Hitch's| work with a Minneapolis-based advertising firm in bringing anthropology into business in the Minneapolis Saint Paul Business Journal (Vol. 27 No. 5, July 10 2009). http://twincities.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2009/07/13/story4.html| 

MSc Anthropology & Development, Class of 2008/9

Class of 2009, MSc Anthropology and Development

Together on a trip to Ireland. Many thanks to Agustin Diz for the photo!

Selenia Marabello

Congratulations to Selenia Marabello, a former MSc Anthropology and Development student who has recently had an article published in African Studies "Translating and Acting Diaspora: Looking through the Lens of a Co-Development Project between Italy and Ghana".  Click here| to access the article.

Vinny Ialenti

Congratulations to Vinny Ialenti, a former MSc Law, Anthropology and Society student who has been awarded the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship grant. The grant consists of tuition fees plus a $30,000 per year stipend for three years, and can be used in conjunction with four years of Cornell University / SAGE funding to finance academic studies and field research.

His NSF research proposal was an extension of dissertation research conducted in the LSE's 'Law, Anthropology & Society' MSc programme, which won the 'Isaac Schapera Dissertation Award' and drew from scholarship in anthropology, legal history, and science studies to examine the construction licensing procedure for America's potential high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. If granted the appropriate permissions, his ethnographic project at Cornell will look at Finland's nuclear waste disposal endeavours, particularly the country's attempts to imagine, represent, and render intelligible 'deep time' - that is, risk projections that extend into multi-millennial timeframes - and how they incorporate these longsighted models into the larger decision-making and regulatory apparatus.

Dr David Reubi

We are please to announce that David Reubi, a former MSc student in the Department, has successfully completed his PhD at the BIOS Centre (LSE) in which he explores the genealogy of bioethics and its influence on subjectivities in both the UK and Singapore. David, now a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, has started publishing articles from his thesis with one due to appear as a chapter in Languages of Accountability, an collection of essays edited by Cambridge anthropologist Maryon MacDonald.

Diana Sidakis

Congratulations to Diana Sidakis a former MSc Law, Anthropology and Society student who has has a revised version of her dissertation MSc dissertation published in Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling: On the Governance of Law.

Full citation:
Diana Sidakis, "Private Military Companies and State Sovereignty: Regulating Transnational Flows of Violence and Capital." Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling: On the Governance of Law. Ed. Franz von Benda-Beckmann. London: Ashgate Press, 2009, pp. 61-82.