Funded Projects


We had fewer applicants for internal grants in FY2017 than previous years. Why not apply for internal funding for your project this year?

Chancellor's Community Fellowship 2016

Paul Mullins and Susan Hyatt, Anthropology
"Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City," examines the history and material culture in a series of Indianapolis neighborhoods that are currently effaced, ignored, or misrepresented in public discourse. The goal of the project is to use ethnographic interviews and documentary research to illuminate how otherwise "invisible" neighborhoods provide powerful insights into challenging the histories of the class, cultural, religious and racial inequalities that continue to shape our city.


IAHI, Categories D and E

Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Africana Studies and Religious Studies
“The Other Black Church: Christianity, Democracy, and the Struggle for Freedom” will fund the completion of Dr. Tucker Edmonds' first monograph. The book is about a specific subset of African American alternative Christian projects throughout the twentieth century and their relationship to African American's struggle for full democratic participation. Unlike previous works that explore alternative Christian movements as outside of mainstream African American culture and life, Tucker Edmonds' book views them as central to African and African American culture and life. Particularly, it addresses the relationship between these alternative Christian projects and African Americans' struggle for full citizenship in the twentieth century.

Wendy Vogt, Anthropology
Lives in Transit: Economies of Violence, Intimacy and Care along the Migrant Journey in Mexico” will fund the completion of her book manuscript, Lives in Transit: Economies of Violence, Intimacy and Care along the Migrant Journey in Mexico. Based on a decade of ethnographic research in humanitarian aid shelters, this book chronicles the dangerous

journeys of Central American migrants in transit through Mexico. While transnational migration is often conceptualized from the perspective of sending and receiving communities and borderlands, this book turns to the spaces in-between as crucial sites for understanding the lived experiences of migration. Through the powerful stories of migrants and aid workers, Lives in Transit examines the structural and everyday forms of violence that migrants experience as well as the new forms of solidarity that have emerged along transit routes. The project was recently named a winner of the University of California Press Center for Public Anthropology International Competition. This award recognizes innovative scholarship that addresses contemporary social issues with the promise of reaching a wide public audience.


New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship

Owen Dwyer, Geography, on A. Yoon's "Virtual Bethel: Underrepresented History and Primary Source Education through Virtual Reality." The 3D Virtual Bethel will be used as a learning space for undergraduate students' history and primary source education, as users can interact with various types of primary sources (e.g., photographs, videos, audios, and text) to learn about the underrepresented history of African Americans associated with the church. The funding is requested to build a prototype of Virtual Bethel, which will be evaluated for its development methods and its contributions to students' learning experiences.


New Frontiers/New Currents

Jason Kelly, Department of History
Anthropology and the Anthropocene: Structures, Theories, Practices. This workshop will mobilize current collaborative research and critical inquiry to move beyond both the siloed disciplinary debates and the "two cultures" divide that have dominated so much scholarship on the Anthropocene. It will engage with the Anthropocene as a conceptual system, central to new ways of imagining the humanity's relationship with the planet, as well as a lived reality, in which sociocultural systems and biophysical systems are entangled in feedback loops that manifest unequally across the globe.

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