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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies awards 9 Tinker Field Research Grants

Friday, December 04, 2015

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies has awarded nine graduate students with Tinker Field Research Grants for work in Latin America during Winter 2015-2016. 

The funds come from a prestigious grant from the Tinker Foundation. Grant funds, together with KU matching funds, provide $30,000 per year through 2016 to fund short-term field research by KU graduate students from a variety of disciplines. The Tinker Foundation promotes the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America and seeks to enhance understanding of the region in the U.S. Recipients can use the awards for airfare, in-country transportation expenses and a limited amount of subsistence expenses.

The 2016 Winter Tinker Field Research Recipients:

Jennifer Abercrombie Foster, doctoral student, Spanish & Portuguese, “FemCine: Interrogating Women’s Cinema in Latin America,” Chile. Adviser: Yajaira Padilla

Doriane Andrade Meyer, master's student, architecture design & planning, “Non-Western Influence on Brazilian Architecture: The Muslim Case,” Brazil. Adviser: Farhan Karim 

Grant Berning, master's student, anthropology. “A Preliminary Investigation of La Venta within the Olmec Heartland,” Mexico. Adviser: John Hoopes

Alba Constenla Torrado, master's student, Spanish Literature, “Creation of the Galician Identity through Journals and Periodical Publications in Cuba between the 19th and 20th Century,” Cuba. Adviser: Jorge Pérez

Josh Homan, doctoral student, anthropology, “Indigenous Trade Networks in the Upper Amazon: Interculturality, Ethnicity, and Shamanism,” Peru. Adviser: Bartholomew Dean

Josephine Kapicka, master's student, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, “Where Have All the Mermaids Gone?: Indigenous Perceptions of Climate Change,” Nicaragua. Adviser: Peter Herlihy

Pamela Rodríguez-Montero, master's of fine arts student, theater, “Contextual Research for the Design and Adaptation for Stage of Rabinal Achí,” Guatemala. Adviser: Delbert Unruh

Gina Sandí-Díaz, doctoral student in theater, “Mask Performance, Cultural Memory and Civic Resistance in Nicaragua’s El Güegüense,” Nicaragua. Adviser: Henry Bial

Carmen Torre Pérez, master's degree in Hispanic literature, “Foregrounding the Underground: the ‘Do It Yourself’ Punk Rock Movement in Contemporary Cuba,” Cuba. Adviser: Verónica Garibotto.