Jason Pribilsky

William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar

2010

Culture's Laboratory: Scientific Imagination, Applied Anthropology, and the Making of the Cornell-Peru Project at Vicos

Jason PribilskyJason Pribilsky2010 William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar
Jason Pribilsky
Jason PribilskyJason Pribilsky2010 William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar
Jason Pribilsky

Jason Pribilsky made significant progress on a book titled Culture’s Laboratory: Contagious Experiments, Andean Indians, and the Making of Anthropology in Cold War Peru. This study focuses on the Cornell-Peru Project conducted from 1951 to 1966 in Vicos, Peru. Once a struggling hacienda, its lease was purchased during the early 1950s by the anthropology department at Cornell University, which transformed the community into an experiment in applied anthropology. During its 15-year history, improvements in agriculture, education, and healthcare were introduced and then studied to determine the most effective way to implement change. While at SAR, Jason Pribilsky outlined his manuscript, reshaped the central narrative and key arguments, and developed two data chapters. He plans to complete a draft by January 2011. In reflecting on his experience, he states: “There has been something truly magical and inspiring about carrying on these activities at SAR.” As he explains, “the lynch pin to this magic was my cohort of engaged, completely interesting, and diverse colleagues.”

Affiliation at time of award:
Department of Anthropology, Whitman College


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