McAnany is the Kenan Eminent Professor of Anthropology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, based in New York City, appoints fellows based on prior achievement and exceptional promise in research and artistic creation.
McAnany’s proposed book project is “Heritage without Irony: Transcultural Dialogue at a Busy Intersection.” As an archaeologist, she has conducted field research and cultural heritage programs throughout the Maya region, and she co-founded the UNC program, InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present.
Maya cultural heritage is situated at the busy intersection of archaeological practice, local community and remains of the past. One of the challenges of heritage conservation is building new knowledge communities that bridge the chasm between local and global. In her book, she will approach these lines of intersection from historical, ethical and philosophical perspectives.
The foundation awarded 175 fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists across 56 disciplines and from 85 academic institutions. The candidates were chosen from among a group of almost 3,000 applicants. Many Nobel, Pulitzer and other prize winners are fellowship alumni.