Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
The Politics of Knowledge Production in Collaborative AIDS Research in Malawi
During her tenure at SAR, Crystal Biruk, a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, made considerable progress on her doctoral dissertation, an anthropological study of collaborative AIDS research in Malawi. Although collaborative AIDS research has become normative in sub-Saharan African countries, few studies have attempted to understand the impact of that research and how diverse actors interpret the resulting practices. Drawing on sixteen months of ethnographic field work in Malawi, she examined three large-scale collaborative AIDS research projects to better understand the impact of that research and how certain ideas gain authority. While at SAR, she prepared an outline and abstract of her dissertation, read articles and books on theory, coded her field notes, and produced 169 pages of text. “I even surprised myself,” she wrote, in describing her productivity. The progress she made enabled her to meet her goal of completing and defending her dissertation in spring 2010.
Affiliation at time of award:
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation