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Dr. Ballestero to deliver keynote at anthropology conference in Costa Rica

On April 28th, Dr. Andrea Ballestero will deliver the keynote address for the 2015 Jornadas de Investigación Antropológica at the School of Anthropology, University of Costa Rica. Her talk, entitled “Etnografía por otros medios: artefactos culturales y experimentos teóricos en la antropología de lo contemporáneo,” will address the ethnographic openings that an anthropology of knowledge and value forms affords.

Dr. Ballestero granted research grant from Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice for collaborative project with Dr. Neyran Turan, Architecture

The HRC has granted Dr. Ballestero (Anthropology) and Dr. Turan (Architecture) seed funding for a collaborative project on "Objectification: the re-appropriation of a concept."  The funds will be used to develop a shared theoretical foundation for each of the researcher's individual research projects. The first project is an architectural investigation of geography as an aesthetic object (Turan). The second, is an anthropological investigation of the subterranean as a political and scientific object (Ballestero). HRC's funding will support a studio-workshop in Spring 2016.

Dr. Ballestero awarded Research Professorship by Social Science Research Institute at Rice

Dr. Ballestero has been awarded a Research Professorship by the School of Social Sciences at Rice University. The award provides faculty members release time from teaching duties to concentrate on a major innovative research project. Dr. Ballestero will be finalizing her book manuscript on water, knowledge and value in Latin America. Her manuscript focuses on how the distinction between human rights and commodities is produced and analyzes the knowledge aesthetics and cultural logics by which technical decisions embody ethical commitments.

First issue of 'Cultural Anthropology' produced by incoming editors from Rice University is now live

February 2015 marks the first issue produced by incoming editors, Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe, from Rice University's Department of Anthropology.

Lowrie Awarded Wenner-Gren Fellowship for Research on Big Data in Russia

Doctoral student Ian Lowrie's research focuses on the data sciences in Moscow, where he is studying changing forms of education and new collaborations between industry and the academy.

Jón Gnarr, former Mayor of Reykjavík, to be Spring 2015 CENHS Writer-in-Residence

In late 2009, in the bitter aftermath of Iceland’s banking crash, Gnarr founded “The Best Party” which sought to bring joy, humility and humanity back to Icelandic politics. While in Houston, he will be writing the third volume of his fictionalized autobiography.

Dib selected as artist in residence at Lawndale Art Center

Lina Dib, who received her PhD from Rice in 2013, has been selected as an artist in residence at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas.  She will have a studio at the Center.  At the end of her 9 month residency there will be a show of her art.

Anthropology Quarterly Issue has Strong Rice Participation

The latest issue of Anthropological Quarterly, a special issue on biopower and energopower, features articles by Professor Dominic Boyer and Associate Professor Cymene Howe, as well as reviews of Boyer's The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era and incoming Director of the Chao Center Sonia Ryang's Reading North Korea: An Ethnological Inquiry.

Dr Jeffrey Fleisher co-led a course on “walking with the ancients”

Students from four Rice schools gather in a unique course to construct virtual representations of ancient Roman and Swahili buildings with game software.

Rodwell Featured on KPFT, Houston's Community Public Radio Station

Graduate Student Elizabeth Rodwell was interviewed by Dr. Hank Roubicek, the chair of the communications department at the University of Houston, for the show So What's Your Story? She was invited to tell two stories about her life, but ended up talking about the link between storytelling and anthropology.