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Monday, October 28, 2013

5 Opportunities for students

1. Environment, Globalization and
Heritage in Guatemalan Maya
Communities, Ethnographic Field
School and Research Training
program, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, May
23 - July 14, 2014

Learn how to design, conduct and write-up
qualitative, ethnographic research while on the shores of a crystal lake
framed by volcanoes! Live and work with a local Guatemalan family in the
Lake Atitlán area of the Western Highlands. This is a hands-on,
experiential-driven program where students design, plan and implement an
independent, individualized project. Whether you?re an undergrad or
graduate student, training in ethnographic and qualitative research
methods can prove to be beneficial for your career. All students are
encouraged to apply, especially students interested in topics concerning
the environment, globalization, social justice, tourism, conservation,
language, development, poverty and health. The program is tailored
individually to maximize the participant's potential for understanding and
developing the skills needed for ethnographic, qualitative research.
Students also will have opportunities to pursue an applied, service-
learning project in lieu of a research project.

Within the supportive framework of the NC State Guatemala Program
students learn the fundamentals of ethnographic fieldwork, including
project design and management, data collection and report writing.
Students also quickly improve their Spanish language skills through
intensive, daily interaction with their home stay families and other
community members. Students will also learn about the contemporary Maya of
the Lake Atitlán area and how they are adapting to changing demographics,
globalization, economic and political insecurities, and environmental
change. The program is not limited to students of NC State University and
many previous participants have come from all over the US, Canada, Chile,
the UK, and Guatemala. Some Spanish
language skills and some course work or familiarity with anthropology are
desirable. Students receive six credits for completing the program. The
program emphasizes practical training in ethnographic fieldwork and ethics
as it relates to Guatemala. In addition to learning research design,
systematic observation, interviewing, fieldnote-taking, free- listing,
pile-sorts, mapping, coding, ethics, data analysis, report writing, etc.,
students also learn about contemporary Guatemalan society and culture, in
particular the key issues of environment, heritage, identity, politics,
and globalization in Mayan Communities, especially around Lake Atitlán.

Students from any university, regardless of major - may apply.
Applications may be accessed through the field school website
( or
through the NC State University Study Abroad Office website
( Please
feel free to contact Dr. Tim Wallace, the program director, or Dr. Carla
Pezzia, co-director (University of Texas Health Science Center) for
additional information or any type of inquiry about the program at
919-815-6388 (m) or 919-515-9025 (o). Fax no: 919-515-2610.
The applications are submitted online, but if you have any problems,
please contact Ms. Rebecca Denton-Strauss ( at the
NCSU Study
Abroad Office. The official deadline is February 7, 2014. Applications
received after that date will be considered only if there are spaces still


2. French/English Language Teaching Internship in Kenya for
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

ALTRI (African Language Trips) is currently running a language
school in Kenya (San Vincenzo International Language Centre ? in a town called Meru about 260 KM from
Nairobi. The school offers an opportunity for Kenyan students to
learn foreign languages from native speakers and European students getting
an opportunity to live a culturally enriching experience in Africa
alongside other students from across the globe who will be
teaching languages with us in Meru. The project is meant both for
undergraduate and postgraduate students willing to add this
experience to their CV and life experience in general.
Interns? requirements:
1. Commitment to a minimum 3-month period of stay
extendable with at least a one-month notice
2. Meeting flight and travel insurance expenses
3. Preferably good level of written and spoken foreign
language from among (German, French, Italian, and
We will provide:
1. Full board and lodging in apartments shared with other
teachers/students from abroad
2. Laundry and room cleaning service
3. Monthly 100 (one hundred//00) Euro reimbursement
4. 250 Euro contribution for flight expenses

In addition, we partner with the Meru University of Science and
Technology (MUST). Students doing research on African studies,
literature, languages, anthropology, sociology, veterinary, medicine and
technology in general may continue doing so at MUST and get
a chance to mingle with the locals while teaching at our school.
This is a long-term project based on continuous rotation of
students with the aim of offering this opportunity to the largest
number of students possible. Given that our 2014 lessons kick-off
on 3rd February, our selection is on and those joining the first lot are
expected to be in Kenya by mid-late January 2014. For further
information please visit


3. Field school at Argilos - Northern

Since 1992, the University of Montreal, in
collaboration with the Greek Ministry of
Culture, is excavating this important
archaeological site. The internship research
for 2014 will be held from June 2 to July
12. Students can come for a period of 4
weeks (June 2 to 28) or 6 weeks (June 2 to
July 12). For further info, visit our website:


4. Job Opportunity for a PhD student to participate in research
studying the lives of khawaja sara in Pakistan

There are have been recent changes in Pakistani law concerning the khawaja
sara communities. In particular these changes have initiated a new
category in the application for the identity card and several members of
the community have used this opportunity to stand in
the recent elections. We are looking for a PhD student to
participate in a 2 year SSHRC-funded project that examines the
criminalization of khawaja sara in British India and investigates
their current struggles for citizenship rights.The ideal student
would be enrolled in a PhD program, have a research interest in
gender and sexuality in Pakistan, and must have working knowledge
of Urdu. Knowledge of Persian would be an asset. We are looking
to hire the student for May 2014. Stipend for approximately 200
hours of work: $5,928. Funding for the student to travel to
England for archival work and to present findings at a conference
also provided.

For further information, please contact by Dec. 15 Prof. Shahnaz
Khan (Women and Gender Studies & Global Studies Wilfrid
Laurier U) AND Prof. Claire Pamment (Dept of
Theatre, Film and Television, National University, Lahore,


5. MA and PhD and Post-
doctoral Fellowships
Available (University of

Two to three MA and/or
PhD Fellowships and a post-
doctoral fellowship are
available in the Department
of Anthropology (and Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Lab)
of the U of Manitoba under the supervision of Prof. Haskel
Greenfield, as part of his "Nature of early urban neighbourhoods in
the southern Levant: Early Bronze Age at Tell es-Safi (EBAS)",
SSHRC Partnership Research Program with Bar-Ilan University,
Israel. The term of funding for the MA is for two years (minimum
of $12,000/year) and the PhD for four years (minimum of
$18,000/year), beginning September 1, 2014. PhD students or
Post-docs may have the opportunity for sessional (part-time)
teaching if courses are available, contingent on funding.

The successful candidate is expected to have a background in
archaeology and science, Near Eastern Archaeology (i.e.,
urbanisation of the EBA in the southern Levant), the archaeology of
complex societies, and archaeological field work and methods.
The fellowships are for the scientific analysis of remains from the
EBA of levels at Tell es-Safi, Israel, including (but not limited to):
· Lidar scanning technology and archaeological imaging
· Ceramics lipids
· GIS and spatial analysis
· Archaeobotany
· Micro-debris analysis
· Lithic source analysis
· Trace element analysis
· aDNA and microscopic use wear of zooarchaeological material
· Database management
· Geoarchaeology

Knowledge of any of the above archaeological methods, in addition
to ceramic analysis, zooarchaeology, geology, chemistry,
chronometric analysis, and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction are
beneficial. Experience in archaeological data management and
knowledge of Microsoft Office products, imaging software, spatial
analytic (e.g. GIS) programs, Leica Cyclone, and SQL databases
(e.g., DB2) would be an asset.

Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or landed residents must
have their applications approved by Immigration Canada and
acceptance by the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the start date of
the fellowship.

Interested applicants should contact Prof. Haskel Greenfield
( by December 1, 2014.

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