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Adam Netzer Zimmer awarded Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant

Adam Netzer Zimmer in Iceland Adam Netzer Zimmer, Doctoral student in Anthropology
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Adam Netzer Zimmer, a doctoral student in Anthropology, has been awarded a Fulbright National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant to study the process of medical schools‘ cadaver acquisition in Reykjavík, Iceland. This grant will fund Netzer Zimmer to live and work in Iceland‘s capital during the 2019-2020 academic year. During his stay, he will be conducting research at the University of Iceland/Háskoli Íslands‘ Læknagarður Medical School.

As a part of the Community Archaeology Laboratory, run by PI Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Netzer Zimmer is completing his dissertation examining the social structures and politics that determine who has been deemed as suitable subjects for anatomical dissection and research. His research combines ethnographic fieldwork, comparative public policy, and analysis of skeletal remains to understand who historically was selected for anatomical research and why.  

Adam Netzar Zimmer

Netzer Zimmer conducted initial research in Iceland during the 2017-2018 academic year through funding from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation. In this initial research, he was able to analyze several sets of skeletal remains from Iceland‘s historical period, including those now housed at Harvard University‘s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and at the National Museum of Iceland. He also worked to understand modern manifestations of social inequality in the Nordic states by building partnerships with the University of Iceland‘s Faculty of Social Sciences.

During his time in Iceland, Netzer Zimmer will work under the supervision of Dr. Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Professor of Sociology at Háskoli Íslands, and Dr. Hannes Petersen, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Háskoli Íslands and MD at Landspitali University Hospital.

Core to Netzer Zimmer’s work is a focus on Black Feminist Theory and biocultural understandings of humanity. He’s supported in this by his dissertation committee consisting of Dr. Battle-Baptiste, Dr. Amanda Walker-Johnson, Dr. Pamela Stone, and Dr. Wenona Rymond-Richmond.