Updates: Faculty Research
Dr. Jeffrey Glover and colleagues received a three-year research grant from the National Science Foundation. He made a short trip to northern Quintana Roo, Mexico to meet with local community members and other colleagues to begin planning the expansive 2016 field research program. While in Atlanta he logged some time in the Phoenix Labs.
Dr. Emanuela Guano In recent years, Emanuela Guano has conducted ethnographic research in Genoa, Italy: a formerly industrial city that, since the early 1990s, has undergone a conversion to cultural tourism. Dr. Guano research focuses on how severely un- and underemployed members of Genoa’s middle-classes utilize their cultural capital to carve niches of self-employment in the local culture industry against the backdrop of a revitalization process spearheaded by local administrations, developers, and corporations. Tourist guides, small business owners, festival organizers, and street antique dealers are among the protagonists of her forthcoming book, In the Shade of Revitalization: The Creative Urbanity of an Italian Middle Class, where Dr. Guano challenges dominant theories about the role of middle classes in revitalized cities by shifting the focus from cultural consumption to cultural production. Dr. Guano’s future research plans entail an investigation of the environmentalist discourse and practices that unfold around Genoa’s aquatic cultures. Developing out of a riverside settlement dating back at least to the fifth millennium b. C., over the centuries Genoa went on to become one of the Mediterranean’s foremost ports as well as a thriving industrial city. The intense urbanization of the 20th century, the deindustrialization that began in the 1970s and the recent conversion to a tourist economy have all led to a complex relationship between the city and its waters. Dr. Guano plans to investigate the environmentalist discourse and practices of the stakeholders in Genoa’s aquatic cultures: residents whose homes and businesses are subjected to the devastating floods of the local river, industrialists and factory workers, developers, fishers, small business owners, and tourist sector operators.
Dr. Kathryn Kozaitis’ writing this summer focused on ethnographic accounts of collective, grassroots recovery efforts in Thessaloniki, Greece. Supported by the local government and NGOs, volunteers are revitalizing the city’s neglected western bank, a neighborhood populated by poor Greeks, economic immigrants, undocumented workers, and other disfranchised individuals. The images depict crisis-driven initiatives, such as the renovation of a school, and street art that depicts historical moments of Thessaloniki, including the city’s independence from the Ottomans and the tragic exodus of the Jews.
Dr. Faidra Papavasiliou and Dr. Carrie Furman, Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Georgia Dept. Crop and Soil Sciences, Southeast Climate Consortium, launched a new field school in summer 2015. The Ethnographic Field School in Sustainable Food Systems is part of a 3-year, multi-disciplinary project to investigate different food hubs as they are beginning to emerge in Georgia, understand their effects on farmers, their communities, and the food system at large, identify common problems, solutions and best practices for developing these businesses, and share this information with the public.
Dr.Jennifer Patico received a three-year (2013-16) research grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct an ethnography of children’s food and parenting ideologies in Atlanta. Based in an Atlanta charter school and supported by student research assistants from GSU Anthropology, Patico has carried out in-depth interviews with parents; observed and participated in school lunchrooms, community events, and family dinners; and led middle-school students through discussions and ethnographic projects designed to illuminate their food cultures from their own perspectives. With the intensive phase (January 2014-May 2015) of research complete, Patico is analyzing collected materials in preparation for a book-length ethnography of food, parenting, personhood and experiences of social difference in the urban United States.
In 2012, 2013, and 2015, students on Dr. Cassandra White’s Field School in Applied Anthropology conducted original ethnographic research on changes associated with the World Cup and Olympic Games on residents of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They interviewed Cariocas (residents of Rio) from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds on this topic; students learned about how new construction projects, related housing removals, police “pacification” programs in favela communities, crackdowns on the informal economy, and many other changes have affected the everyday lives of people in this city. This research has resulted in conference papers, several symposia held at Georgia State, a Master’s thesis (Jessica Glass, 2014), and a publication in an upcoming edition of the journal Teaching Anthropology.
Dr. Frank L’Engle Williams will be collecting primate dental impressions at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium during Spring 2016, funded by a Fulbright research award. Dental casts from this primate comparative collection will be utilized to reconstruct diet in the human fossil record using dental microwear texture analysis, for fossils such as SK 6 (Paranthropus robustus) from Swartkrans, South Africa. During the three months of the Fulbright award, Dr. Williams will also create dental impressions of Neandertal fossils to infer dietary proclivities and paramasticatory behavior.