Congratulations to our 2019 M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund award recipient!
Ellen Kladky, University of California – Irvine
Project: Pedagogies of Love: Family, Finance, and Social Intervention Programs in Appalachia
Abstract: Do economic changes alter the way that Americans understand their own families and their ideas about how family should be? To answer this question, this project considers civic programs in Appalachia that aim to help middle- and working class people navigate a changing economy by teaching them both financial literacy and skills for “healthy” marriages. This research project investigates the way that both non-profit- and church-run family and financial courses shape or fail to shape participants’ household financial decisions and their intimate relationships. It asks how social class affects the family life and economic decision-making of households that participate in these courses and ultimately seeks to better understand how economic change (and the programs that seek to ameliorate it) shapes understandings of kinship.
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ABOUT THE M. ESTELLIE SMITH MEMORIAL FUND
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The M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund honors Dr. Smith’s vibrant personality and her dedication to scholarship, mentorship, and the application of social science knowledge to real world issues. During her long career as an anthropologist, Estellie followed her intellectual curiosity through diverse subjects including Pueblo Indians, European societies, societal evolution, maritime anthropology, linguistics, and Portuguese communities. A past president of SEA, Estellie is fondly remembered for her generous attention to students, to whom she provided critical and helpful advice.
To celebrate Estellie’s spirit of mentorship and concern for pressing world issues, the M. Estellie Smith Memorial Fund provides graduate student awardees small grants specifically to supplement dissertation fieldwork expenses (typically, $2000) and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference (typically, $500).
Applicants must demonstrate how their research will address the field of economic anthropology as well as significant and pressing world issues, offering potential theoretical or applied advances that could make the world a better place particularly for vulnerable peoples.
- Any student enrolled in an anthropology (or allied field) doctoral program, regardless of citizenship or nation, is eligible for the award.
- Funds must be spent on travel, field, or lab expenses directly related to the student’s dissertation, as approved by their academic advisor and committee, and all applicants must be ABD by the time the research would be conducted. Status and eligibility should be reflected in letters of recommendation.
- The funds are not intended for predissertation fieldwork or language study.
APPLICATION AND DEADLINE
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the award by providing the following materials prior to the deadline listed below. All materials should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20, 2019. Awards are will be announced in early February 2019.
- Proposal Cover Sheet
- Abstract (100 words)
- Project description, 500 words or less about research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks, potential outcomes
- 300 word discussion of how the research will address significant and pressing world issues, offering potential theoretical or applied advances in economic anthropology that could make the world a better place particularly for vulnerable peoples.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of recommendation (included or under separate cover)
- Budget description, including detailed description of what this $2000 award will pay for; other sources of funding that the student has applied for, plans to apply for, or has received; and how remaining expenses will be covered.
- Before funds will be disbursed, the applicant must provide official documentation from their department of A.B.D. status (candidacy).
- All materials excluding letters of recommendation should be submitted as a single PDF document.
- Recipients receive $2,000 for PhD research, issued upon acceptance of the award and notification to the Treasurer of the SEA.
- Recipients receive a one-year membership in the Society for Economic Anthropology (for those already members of the American Anthropological Association).
- Recipients receive $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the SEA spring conference during the year following the research award to present a poster or paper on the dissertation research or background work.
Benita Menezes, Johns Hopkins University
Project: The Politics of Dispossession: Neoliberal Subjects, Law and the Market in Rural Maharashtra, India