Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Stephanie Martin, who is one of the 150 women out of 945 nominees selected to receive a $15,000 P.E.O. Scholar Award for the 2019–2020 academic year! Stephanie’s award will help fund her dissertation research in Greece titled “Eastern Mediterranean Migrations: The spatiality and materiality of past and present migrant experiences.” Co-chairs of Stephanie’s dissertation are Drs. Eleni Hasaki and Megan Carney; her project summary appears below.
The SoA boasts a number of PEO Scholars in recent years, including Amanda Hilton and Britt Singletary in 2018–2019, Florence Durney and Cari Tusing in 2017–2018, Catherine Dungan in 2012–2013, and Wendy Vogt in 2009–2010. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards were established in 1991 by the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university. Recipients are a select group of women chosen for high academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.
Project Summary: This research examines two key aspects of migration: 1) spatiality—the spatial configuration and variability of social, environmental, and economic factors which contribute to migrant decision-making, and the physical spaces across which migrant journeys unfold; and 2) materiality—how material culture reflects and informs migrant practices, experiences, and identity. Focusing on the eastern Mediterranean as a dynamic area of ancient and contemporary migration, I bring together archaeological and ethnographic data in order to conduct a diachronic investigation of migrant decision-making and identity. The archaeological component consists of an investigation of ancient migrations between 2300–1900 BCE in the eastern Mediterranean. These were simultaneous and potentially linked to an abrupt climate shift to arid conditions and a period of political disruption and turmoil. The modern component consists of an examination of contemporary migrations in the eastern Mediterranean, focusing on decision-making and experiences during migration journeys. The archaeological data will provide perspectives on long-term, cumulative causes and consequences of migration and migrant identities, while the ethnographic data will highlight individual experiences, decision-making processes, and material traces of contemporary migrants. (Anthropology News date: 4/5/2019)