Presentations by the 2019 WAPA Praxis Award Winners

  • 04 Nov 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (must register to receive log in information)


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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHmeeAuARDk


Nayanika Mookherjee, PhD, Durham University, UK
Michael Paolisso, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

Laurie Schwede, PhD, US Census Bureau

Date: Wednesday, 04 November 2020
Location:  Online meeting via Zoom
Time: 7:00 pm

About the talks:

Dr. Mookherjee:

Towards Ethical Testimonies of Sexual Violence During Conflict

This work is a response to the widespread use of sexual violence against women in conflict situations, notably the 1971 Bangladesh War. Prof. Mookherjee collaboratively produced guidelines and a graphic novel in Bangla and English, co-authored with Bangladeshi graphic artist Najmunnahar Keya and in collaboration with Research Initiatives Bangladesh, to foster ethical conduct by researchers, journalists, and government officials when documenting such crimes. The goal of the project is to contribute to the welfare of survivors by ensuring their process of giving testimonies does not prove to be another source of trauma along with the past experiences of sexual violence. The guidelines and graphic novel are available in Bangla and English at: https://www.ethical-testimonies-svc.org.uk/how-to-cite/

Dr. Paolisso:

Deal Island Peninsula Project

Climate change affects coastal communities worldwide through sea level rise, nuisance flooding, erosion, intensifying storms, and changes in marine and coastal ecosystem services. Developed by anthropologists in collaboration with environmental researchers, resource managers, and local communities, the Deal Island Peninsula Project applies anthropological theory, methods, and teaching to improve the adaptation and resilience of the Deal Island Peninsula socio-ecological system, located on the lower Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.  More information is available at: https://www.dealislandpeninsulapartners.org/

Dr. Schwede:

Complex Households and the Undercount of Young Children

In the 2010 U.S. Census, 1 in 20 children aged 0 to 4 were missed, the highest net undercount rate of any age cohort. Prior research showed a relationship between household structure and undercounts. The project team used a range of ethnographic, demographic, and statistical methods to reanalyze all 2000 and 2010 Census households through a new complex household typology, identifying three complex household types at risk of young-child undercount: households with (1) nonrelatives, (2) distant relatives, and/or (3) those with more than two generations. The Census Bureau is using the results of this study to modify the 2020 Census questionnaire and improve messaging to populations particularly subject to undercounting children. More information is available at: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/2020-census/research-testing/undercount-of-young-children.html

About the speakers:

Nayanika Mookherjee is Professor of Political Anthropology at Durham University, UK and works and publishes on gendered violence in conflicts, reconciliation, ethics and transnational adoption. This project is based on her award-winning book The Spectral Wound. Sexual Violence, Public Memories and the Bangladesh War of 1971 (2015, Duke University Press).  Najmunnahar Keya is a freelance artist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and a recipient of various awards and fellowships. She completed her MFA from the Tokyo University and Faculty of Fine Arts in the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) is a non-governmental organization and through their Participatory Action Research (gonogobeshona) they have reached many marginalised communities and has been promoting processes of collective self-enquiry, self-determination and capacity building. Its Executive Director is Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta (PhD, York University), who is a survivor of the war of 1971 and was a professor of International Relations in Dhaka University.

Michael Paolisso is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA whose research focuses on a wide range of human and environmental issues confronting the Chesapeake Bay. Elizabeth Van Dolah is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland whose interests are in developing pathways for alternative cultural frameworks to engage in climate change adaptation decision-making for enhanced socio-ecological resilience in underserved communities.  Katherine J. Johnson is a Social Scientist, with a background in environmental anthropology, working for the National Institute of Standards and Technology on topics of natural hazards and disaster, particularly earthquakes and hurricanes.  Christine D. Miller Hesed is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and on issues of environmental justice and resilience to climate change among rural coastal communities.

Laurie Schwede is a survey research anthropologist who worked in the Census Bureau for 29 years, specializing in questionnaire design and testing, qualitative and evaluation methods, household complexity, race/ethnicity, and census coverage.  She initiated and led comparative mixed-methods field evaluations in the 2000 and 2010 Censuses.   Eric Jensen is a demographer and the Census Bureau Senior Technical Expert for Demographic Analysis who leads the Demographic Analysis Program that measures decennial census coverage, and has presented and published extensively on the undercount of young children and population estimates.  Deborah Griffin is a mathematical statistician who initiated and led the Census Bureau’s 2013 Undercount of Young Children (UYC) Task Force, co-authored the 13 UYC Research Team reports, served on the 2020 Census UYC Task Force, and continues to publish on this topic.  Scott Konicki is a mathematical statistician in the Census Bureau’s Decennial Statistics Division with a Master’s Degree in Survey Methodology who worked on the Census Coverage Measurement Team, led and co-authored reports on the Undercount of Young Children Research Team, and led a later 2020 Census Operational Team.  Janet Wysocki is the Census Bureau’s Population Division Programmer who programmed the new complex household variable and custom census datasets by race and ethnicity and replicated the new complex household frequency distributions with prior results from another study.

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