Winners of the Irmgard Coninx Research Grant

Julie Y. Chu (Ph.D., New York University, 2004) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She is a socio-cultural anthropologist with interests in mobility and migration, economy and value, ritual life, material culture, media and technology, and state governmentality. During her research stay in Berlin, she worked on the completion of the manuscript of Cosmologies of Credit: Fuzhounese Migration and the Politics of Destination (Duke University Press, forthcoming fall 2010), based on fieldwork in a transnational Chinese village with a history of emigration via human smuggling networks.  Her new project examines border technologies and shipping culture at the Port of Fuzhou in China.

Raul Necochea is a historian of medicine and of Latin America. He received his Ph.D. from McGill University, where he was affiliated with the department of Social Studies of Medicine. Currently, he is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto's School of Public Health. With the Irmgard Coninx Research Grant, he spent the last months of 2007 writing a full draft of his doctoral dissertation, away from the usual distractions and commitments of life in Montreal. His current projects include a book about the history of family planning in Peru during the Cold War, as well as different articles on public health and history of science in Latin America.

Magdalena Zolkos is Research Fellow in Political Theory, University of Western Sydney. Her work focuses on cultural trauma, historical justice, affect theory, post-structuralist and feminist theories of community and subjectivity. Her articles appeared in Angelaki and European Legacy. She has published Reconciling Community and Subjective Life: Trauma Testimony as Political Theorizing in the Work of Jean Améry and Imre Kértesz (Continuum, 2010). She received the Irmgard Coninx Research Grant in the Berlin Roundtables on population politics for an essay on Polish abortion debates. She spent time in Berlin co-editing (with Sabine Berking) Between Life and Death: Governing Population in an Era of Human Rights (Peter Lang, 2009), and researching for a paper on gendered perceptions of historical justice in Germany in 1990s.

Participants Honoured with Special Distinction

Elise Andaya (Cultural Anthropology, State University of New York, Albany, USA)

Katharina Ludwig (Political Sciences,  University of Vienna, Austria)

Shahid Perwez (Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, UK) 

Anisseh Van Engeland-Nourai (Law, European University Institute in Florence, Italy)