Congratulations to Emory Anthropology professors Jenny Chio and Anna Grimshaw, as well as Dr. Kwame Phillips (PhD 2014), who recently had films selected for inclusion at the Fifth International Festival of Ethnological Film “Kratovo 2016”, organized by the Macedonian Ethnological Society.
The festival takes place in late September/early October in Kratovo, Macedonia, and the program includes “农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness” (2013) by Professor Chio, “At Low Tide” (2016) by Professor Grimshaw, and “Welcome to Pa Pae” (2016) by Dr. Phillips.
(The photo is a still from Dr. Chio’s film.)
Graduate student Grace Veatch spent last spring break attending the Liang Bua Workshop at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where researchers examined faunal remains. This video provides a glimpse into her interesting work.
This Summer, Anthropology PhD candidate Tawni Tidwell, the first Westerner to be certified in Tibetan medicine in Tibet, was featured in Emory News, with an interview in eScienceCommons. Tawni’s dissertation research focuses on how Tibetan physicians diagnose diseases, particularly cancer.
“I see myself as a bridge between Tibetan medicine and Western science,” says Tidwell, who became a Tibetan physician in 2015. “I feel like each has something to offer the other.”
This Summer, Anthropology PhD candidate Kendra Sirak’s research was featured in Emory News. Kendra is a visiting researcher at the Earth Institute at University College Dublin, where she is testing the DNA of people ranging from medieval Nubians to an ancient Chinese specimen to an Irish rebel.
Kendra describes her anthropological training at Emory:
“At Emory, I have learned how to think from a “biocultural” point of view. While many other anthropology programs stress only either a “biological” or a “cultural” approach, Emory combines the two.
I study the biology of past populations and I think about the way their culture and social environment could have influenced individual health and well-being, population demographics, patterns of morbidity and mortality, etc.”
Peter Little and Mark Risjord received a “Happiness and Well-being” Grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The Emory team’s project, which also includes economist Workneh Negatu of Addis Ababa University, will study two specific low-income communities: South Wollo, Ethiopia, and Baringo, Kenya.
“The idea is to compare the subjective meaning of the good life and see if that affects the relationship between material well-being and reports of happiness and overall well-being,” says Dr. Little.
Read about the project at Emory News.