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Past projects

Unsettling the state: a collaborative ethnography of ambiguity and experimentation in regional government in Peru

Funded by the American Council of Learned States (ACLS), this is a collaboration between Prof Penny Harvey and Prof Deborah Poole of The Johns Hopkins University which ran for 18 months over 2011 – 2012. (Total: $140,000). 

Scale, ambiguity and experimentation: a collaborative ethnography of regional government in Peru

A joint project funded by the AHRC and NSF awards to Prof Harvey and Prof Deborah Poole from 2010 – 2011. (NSF award $109,855; AHRC 126,230 GBP).

Experimental States - law, engineering and regional government in Cusco

A research grant made by The Wenner Gren Foundation from 2010 – 2011 to Prof Penny Harvey. ($35,000). 

Security for all in the age of securitization?

Major Research Fellowship granted by the Leverhulme Trust for 36 months from 2010 – 2013 to Prof John Gledhill. The fellowship took him to Brazil and Mexico for ethnographic research. (£136,995)

Remaking eastern borders in Europe: a network exploring social moral and material relocations of Europe's eastern peripheries

A COST action project of the European Science Foundation (IS0803) awarded for four years beginning in early 2009 to Prof Sarah Green

This is a major transnational network of researchers who have collectively amassed €5 million in terms of time and resources for study of the borders of the eastern peripheries of Europe (see EastBordNet website ). (The minimum total award to operate the network is €400,000.)

Transforming borders: a comparative anthropology of post-Yugoslav home

A research grant from the Leverhulme Trust running from 2008 – 2011 to Dr Stef Jansen. Details can be found at his research website. (£124,622)

Air pressure

This project on aircraft noise, the US military and Pacific war memories in Japan and the Asia Pacific, directed by Dr Rupert Cox has been funded by a series of grants, including the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2007-2012, £18,000), the Wellcome Trust (2010-2011, £51,000), and the British Academy (2009, £7,000).

It was also the subject of an art installation at the Whitworth Gallery (Manchester, UK, 2011-12) and has been exhibited at the Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico (2012-13), the ISEA 2012 festival of electronic arts and the International Bideodromo 2012 festival of experimental film (Bilbao, Spain).

Mastership in taxidermy: artistic interventions in human-animal ontologies

A British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (2012 – 2013) awarded to Dr Petra Tjitske Kalshoven for a project that uses the expertise that goes into contemporary artistic taxidermy as a lens to shed light on shifting conceptions of nature

Life journeys: the role of interior dialogue and expression in negotiating terminal illness

Andrew Irving was awarded this ESRC grant (RES-000-22-4657, worth £52,000, 2012-13) to research the process by which people diagnosed with a life threatening condition reclaim meaning, engage with society and establish a future while living with bodily instability and the possibility of death. Irving is carrying out related work on "Life Journeys" in Kampala, Uganda, under the collective theme of Rethinking Media/Reclaiming Personhood, with a British Academy grant (£7,000, 2011) and funding from methods@manchester (£5,000, 2010).

New York stories

A 2009 grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for research with AIDs sufferers, carried out between 2010 – 2011 by Dr Andrew Irving. ($18,000)

Makers of gods

A Research Fellowship granted by the Leverhulme Trust 2009 – 2010 to Dr Soumhya Venkatesan. This project was also funded by a Wenner-Gren Individual Research Grant from 2006 – 9.

Religion and human biotechnology in the Lebanon

This pilot study by Prof Jeanette Edwards was funded by the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) (2008 – 9, £6,000).

"My exhibition": designing for affective communication, personalisation and social experience 

was an AHRC grant made under the call for research for 'Designing the 21st century' to Prof Sharon Macdonald for 30 months between 2007 – 2009 (FEC Total: £328,321; Manchester share, £5,540) 

Projects of Emeritus Professors

Richard Werbner, Professor (Emeritus) has been engaged in making a trilogy of films, related to his book, Holy Hustlers, Schism, and Prophecy: Apostolic Reformation in Botswana (2011, University of California Press).

Immpathy - Immigrant pathways and barriers to health care

This pilot study was carried out by Nina Glick-Schiller (Professor Emerita) with funding from the Volkswagen Foundation between 2008 – 2009 (20,000 EUR). Nina is a Consulting Researcher on a large multi-researcher project, which is funded by a Danish National Strategic Research Grant during 2010 – 2014, entitled "Social Cohesion and Ethnic Diversity: National Values, Local Implications".