AnArchaey Notes, Spring 2013 (Vol. 9)

AnArchaey Notes is the Department of Anthropology’s newsletter, in circulation since 1993. Our Spring 2013 edition was graciously compiled by professor Colin Thor West, and features an interview with former chair Paul Leslie, notes from the field, events, information on a new certificate program, on-going faculty and graduate student research, new faculty biographies, and more.

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An archive of older copies of AnArchaey notes may be found here.

UNC-CH Anthropology Offers Certificate in Participatory Research

This spring the Administration approved an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research to be housed in Anthropology. The certificate will certify completion of training in the theoretical bases, rationale, methodologies, challenges, and motivation for carrying out research in equitable partnership with the community that the research is intended to benefit.

Relevant participatory methods, ethical considerations, and research paradigms come from diverse sources across campus, including professional schools such as Public Health and Social Work and the College of Arts and Sciences, especially its humanities and social science departments – anthropology, geography, history, city and regional planning, and sociology. The Certificate program provides faculty mentorship and guidance to help students develop facility with methods for their respective projects, connects graduate students with each other and with faculty and community experts, and establishes forums for discussing, sharing and refining participatory ethics and methodologies. It also aims to provide opportunities for students in all fields to gain experience by linking them to ongoing projects.

UNC-CH has a strong history of community-engaged participatory research, particularly in Public Health. The Department of Anthropology is pleased to play a role in building this tradition. Anthropology professor Dorothy Holland will serve as the first Director of the Certificate Program.

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research →

UNC Anthropologist Karla Slocum will lead Institute of African American Research


Karla Slocum

The new director of the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be Karla Slocum, Ph.D., an associate professor in anthropology and African and Afro-American studies at the University.

Slocum’s appointment is effective July 1.

Slocum is an anthropologist whose research focuses on globalization, place, rural lifeways, and race and history as they relate to groups within the African diaspora. For the past year, she has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Continue reading

Anthropologist Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

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Anthropologist Patricia McAnany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her research.

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. Continue reading