2014 Senior Fellowship Award Winner
This is the fifth year of the ANHS Senior Fellowship Program and we received numerous excellent applications.
The award for 2014 is:
Dr. Pasang Yangjee Sherpa from the Department of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University.
Project Title: Climate Change and Sherpas: Collaborative Problem Solving Project in Nepal
Abstract: The collaborative project brings researchers and Sherpa youths together in order to develop mutually beneficial collaboration in addressing local climate change effects in the Everest region of Nepal. This project works with the Environmental Graduates Himalaya (EGH), a group of graduate students and researchers interested in the Himalayas, and the Sherwi Yondhen Tshokpa (SYT), a group of Sherpa students from the region. The goals of this collaboration are: 1) to create a platform whereby both researchers and Sherpas can mutually benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience; 2) to build local, national and international communication networks for SYT based on EGH’s current model using emails and social media to broaden access to scientific knowledge and resources; and 3) to assist SYT in maintaining and operating their environmental library, equipped with the Internet and other communication technology, to further facilitate access and sharing of information. The need for the collaboration was realized after conducting an ethnographic research (2009-2012), and several consultation meetings with SYT and EGH in the summer of 2013. In December of 2013, support from the Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant allowed us to further discuss with SYT and EGH and develop specific activities for the project. This project started in January of 2014 with support ($2000) from the Anthropology and Environment Society Small Grants Program of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). The ANHS fellowship, if received, will be used to cover my travel costs from the United States to Nepal and additional costs associated with activities for May-June, 2014.