Halperin Memorial Fund

Halperin Memorial Fund Awardees 2014

The Society for Economic Anthropology is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2014 award of $1000 for PhD research and a second award of $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the SEA spring conference.

The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and scholarly work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and her concern for people living on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial colleagueship, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small research grants and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.

The committee, composed of Martha Rees, Rudolf J Colloredo-Mansfeld, Patricia A McAnany, William Mitchell, Walter Little, and Suzanne Scheld, reviewed and ranked 29 applications in order to make the difficult decision about which projects to fund.

The awardees for 2014:

RissingAndrea L. Rissing of Emory University’s Anthropology Department (Advisor Peggy Barlett): “Beginning Farmers and Agricultural Success in Iowan Sustainable Agriculture.” This project focuses on entrepreneurs running diversified, usually organic, vegetable operations who have been farming for less than ten years in Iowa.

Orelmanski1Katie Orlemanski of the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University (Advisor Dorothy L. Hodgson): “Poster (Girl)Child: Gendered Education Projects in Rural Tanzania.” This project looks at how and why the “girl-child” has become such a focus of interest (and resources) of international NGOs and donors, and how the reproduction and reification of that trope through various development and education efforts has shaped the lived experience and sense of self of young girls themselves.

Jilo2Samuel Dira Jilo, Department of Anthropology at Washington State University (Advisor: Barry S. Hewlett): “Resilience: Learning to save and ‘Producing Big’ among subsistence producers in Ethiopia.” This project addresses cultural resilience and other applied economic anthropology issues, as well as coevolution, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK studies), and biocultural evolution.


Mission of the Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund

The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and scholarly work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology and related fields who reflect her love of economic anthropology and her concern for people living on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial colleagueship, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the Society for Economic Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association. To meet these goals, the award gives a small research award to students in the early stages of their PhD research who are engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty. The award also includes travel funds to present the findings of their preliminary research at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference. See past awards here.


The pre-doctoral travel fellowship grant

Purpose of the Halperin Memorial Fund award

  1. The primary task of the Fund is to support PhD students with innovative approaches to research and a desire to engage the world through their scholarship, and who need seed money for their dissertation research.
  2. Because Rhoda Halperin’s career exemplified the integration of anthropological theory with social activism, for the purposes of this award, Economic Anthropology is broadly defined to include both applied and non-applied issues, including social research that engages with issues of poverty, exclusion from the political process, and access to education.
  3. The Halperin Fund enables pre-doctoral travel and support for dissertation research to help students develop their topics and proposals.

Eligibility

  1. Any student registered in an Anthropology (or related) doctoral program in the US or elsewhere is eligible for the award. Because the goal of the grant is to provide seed money, preference will be given to students early in the dissertation process rather than to those who are further along and have already developed their proposals.
  2. Applicants do NOT have to be US citizens.

The Halperin Award

  1. Recipients receive a primary grant of $1000 for doctoral research.
  2. Recipients receive a second award of $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the Society for Economic Anthropology spring conference during the year following the research award in order to give a poster session or paper reporting on the dissertation research or background.
  3. Upon receipt, awardees also receive a year’s membership in the Society for Economic Anthropology.

Applying for a Halperin Award

Students who meet the eligibility requirements listed above may apply for the award by providing the following materials and meeting the deadline listed below. All materials should be submitted via email to Martha Rees (halperinaward[at]gmail[dot]com) by December 15, 2013. We will announce awards by February 15, 2014. Forms for applying are available in Halperin-Memorial-Fund-2014-Application, and include the following:

  1. Proposal cover sheet
  2. Project description, not to exceed 500 words and covering research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks, potential outcomes
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Letter of recommendation

Donations to Support the Fund

The Fund is supported through donations from Dr. William Halperin, from friends and colleagues who had the good fortune to work with Rhoda during her professional life, and from current members of the SEA seeking to help launch the careers of new scholars.

Donations can be made here.

Because of the administrative contributions of the SEA and the Fund’s steering Committee, one hundred percent of all donations goes to the graduate student winners of Halperin awards. Please consider making your own donation.

The Halperin Memorial Fund is a fund of the Society for Economic Anthropology, a Section of the American Anthropological Association, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to The Halperin Memorial Fund are typically exempt from federal income tax, as are membership fees but please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation. When you make a donation to support the Halperin Memorial Fund by check, please make your check to “SEA/American Anthropological Association” and note that the donation is for the Halperin Memorial Fund.

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