Anthropology is a science of humanity that addresses human issues both from a cultural and from a biological point of view. The narrowest concern of anthropology is the survival of humanity; its broadest is the conditions of continuity and change for all human life. While broadly educated, individual anthropologists generally specialize in a particular approach to this whole view of humanity.
Kathleen Buddle is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Manitoba. She writes about the cultural history of media activism in Canadian “Indian Country,” and on cultural performance and politics in the production of urban Indigenous localities. Among other projects, she is currently the PI and program evaluator for a collaborative community intervention and practice-based research project, partnering with four Indigenous and Newcomer-led community based organizations to deliver programming that assists families in claiming their rights to the city in Winnipeg’s core area. Buddle is a co-founding member of the Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas and works intensively with street gang members inquiring into the cultural production of prairie lawlessness and into the disciplining of the bodies of “criminal others.” The longitudinal ethnographic gang research is concerned with the performative aspects of gang sociality and with the situating of “disorder” intersectionally at the confluence of race, gender, geography and generation.
Anna Fournier is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research in political anthropology deals with youth perspectives on human rights in Eastern Europe and Latin America. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Ukraine, inquiring into the ways in which high school students understand and claim human rights in the educational setting as well as on the “streets” as a site for participation in protest movements. She links young people’s articulations of rights and justice to changing configurations of morality under conditions of capitalist transformation. Her project in Latin America examines changing notions of civic and human rights in Venezuela’s current transition to socialism. She is the author of Forging Rights in a New Democracy: Ukrainian Students Between Freedom and Justice (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).
Ellen Judd is a distinguished professor and professor of anthropology whose work is focused on human rights and social justice. Her early work explored China’s distinctive path to socialism by examining cultural production and social mobilization in pre-Liberation and Cultural Revolution China. She conducted ethnographic field research in rural north China from 1986, initially exploring the household and community implications of China’s post-Cultural Revolution rural economic reform, and continuing with a longitudinal study of the Chinese women’s movement’s indigenous responses and innovations during this transition. Ellen Judd subsequently conducted field research on the political economy and social implications of large-scale migration from rural west China to urban and coastal regions. This research explores multiple dimensions of gender and mobility and the effects of migration on persons at risk (including the elderly, disabled, widowed and orphaned) remaining in the countryside. Examining state policies of social and economic security for rural residents and understanding rural residents’ practices and responses to these policies are central elements in this research. This field work has been extended to explorations of emergent health care initiatives for translocal west China migrants and their families in metropolitan centres.
Ellen Judd has also been active in applied and public anthropology work with human rights implications. She has advised CIDA on policy in support of local initiatives for women’s rights in China, served as a gender analyst in rural economic development, and been part of a public health team building capacity to respond to HIV/AIDS , especially within high-risk and vulnerable populations. She has worked and published in gender critique in development and in the anthropology of war, peace and justice. Publications include Gender and Power in Rural North China, The Chinese Women’s Movement between State and Market, Cooperation in Chinese Communities: Morality and Practice, and a guest edited special issue on War and Peace for Anthropologica.
Dr. Fabiana Li is an associate anthropology professor at the University of Manitoba. Her research explores conflicts related to natural resource extraction in Latin America. She focuses on the controversies of mining activity, including pollution, community rights and the accountability of mining corporations.
Recently, Li has looked at mining development on the Chile-Argentina border.
She wants to learn more about how and why new extraction areas are imagined as having unlimited potential for mining and investment, and how this vision is challenged by local and international activism.
In the future, Li hopes to make connections between her research in South America and resource extraction issues in Canada.
Li earned her PhD in 2009 at the University of California, her MA from Simon Fraser University in 2001, and her BA from University of Toronto in 1999.