Krista Harper, anthropology and School of Public Policy, and Jacqueline Urla, anthropology, with graduate students Alina Ryabovolova, communication, Dana Conzo and Brittni Howard, both anthropology, took part in an international graduate student workshop on “Grassroots: Economies, Politics, and Culture” May 28-30 at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Centre Norbert Élias in Marseille, France.
Harper and Valeria Siniscalchi of EHESS co-organized the international workshop.
Graduate students from the two universities presented findings from their field research projects and discussed methodologies and ethics in field research. Urla and Harper each gave presentations to the “Markets and Mobilizations” graduate seminar, and the UMass Amherst delegation toured the Vieille Charité, the historical monument where the Centre Norbert Élias is housed.
The international workshop is part of the department of anthropology’s European field studies program and its National Science Foundation research and training grant “Cultural Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS).” Krista Harper and Urla are co-principle investigators. This program has built a research and training network with the University of Barcelona, the EHESS Centre Norbert Élias, and the University of Barcelona’s Grassroots Economics research group.