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Manchester Prof elected British Academy Fellow

23 Jul 2010

A Professor of Anthropology at The University of Manchester has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy.

John Gledhill
John Gledhill

John Gledhill will join nearly 900 scholars who have attained distinction in their field of research and been honoured by the Academy, which represents the humanities and social sciences by providing expertise and contributing to public policy.

He is a specialist on Latin America, with particular expertise in political, economic and historical anthropology.

Based at the School of Social Sciences, Professor Gledhill joined The University of Manchester in September 1996.

He served as Head of Anthropology from 1997 to 2001, before spending two years doing new research in Mexico on an indigenous community’s struggle for survival and self-determination

The work was supported by grants from the Mexican National Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.

He was Chair of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth from April 2005 to April 2009, and became a Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences in July 2009.

He is responsible for organizing the Union’s seventeenth World Congress, to be hosted by the University of Manchester in 2013.

In December 2009 the Leverhulme Trust awarded Professor Gledhill a three year Major Research Fellowship, starting in October 2010.

The study involves new fieldwork in Brazil and Mexico, to investigate whether current security policies are really making the world a safer place.

He is co-managing editor of the journal Critique of Anthropology and a member of the editorial boards of Anthropological Theory, Identities, The Journal of Power, The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, The Journal of Latin American Studies and the Argentine anthropology journal Publicar.

Professor Gledhill said: “The British Academy Fellowship is a great personal honour but it also offers me new opportunities to promote public awareness of the value of the social sciences and humanities in general and the unique contributions that anthropology makes to our understanding of what it means to be human.”
 

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