HRAF News Vol. 2022-12
Exciting Research Opportunities & Season's Greetings
Season's Greetings from HRAF! As 2022 comes to a close, we are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2023 Summer Institutes for Cross-Cultural Anthropological Research. Also, the deadline for the 2023 HRAF Global Scholars Program has been extended until December 22, 2022. Please feel free to share these opportunities widely with any eligible applicants. Still searching for the right gift for the special researcher in your life? Give the gift of cultural knowledge with an Independent Researcher Membership to the eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology databases. Finally, we are excited to share news about Play|Object|Play, a cross-cultural database dedicated to children's play objects and material culture, which was recently launched by researchers Felix Riede (PI), Sheina Lew-Levy, Marc Malmdorf Andersen and Ulrik Høj Johnsen.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in a grant to the Human Relations Area Files (BCS #2020156), is supporting three years of Summer Institutes for Cross-Cultural Anthropological Research. Summer Institutes train faculty, researchers, and advanced graduate students in the theory and state-of-the art methods for conducting regional and worldwide comparative research. The aim is for these methods to be incorporated into educational courses and cross-cultural research using anthropological data.

The third Summer Institute will be held July 17 through August 4, 2023 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. The program will include lectures, discussion, and hands-on exercises. Each participant will design and execute a pilot project during their time at the institute.

The primary instructors are Carol R. Ember (Human Relations Area Files at Yale University), Fiona Jordan (University of Bristol) and Séan Roberts (Cardiff University).

The deadline for applications to the HRAF Global Scholars Program 2023 has been extended to December 22, 2022.

This program provides scholars around the world with one year of complimentary access to both of our databases, eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology. Applications are welcome from graduate students (master's or doctoral) or faculty who are formally affiliated with academic institutions in low-income or middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank.

Awardees will be notified in late December and access to the eHRAF databases will be granted for the 2023 calendar year. Should further access be desired beyond the award year, Special Country or Independent Researcher memberships are available.

To support funding priorities such as the HRAF Global Scholars Program, please consider making a tax-deductible donation.

Give the gift of cultural knowledge with an Independent Researcher Membership to our award-winning eHRAF World Cultures and/or eHRAF Archaeology databases.

Comprising the largest anthropological databank in the world, our ethnographic and archaeological databases include nearly 1 million pages of expertly indexed information on over 468 cultures and traditions.

eHRAF is ideal for anthropologists, archaeologists, cross-cultural researchers, psychologists, data scientists, linguists, social scientists and other researchers interested in a global perspective on cultural and social life, past and present.

Available for a 6-month or 12-month term per database, this category of membership is for independent researchers unaffiliated with an existing HRAF member institution who wish to use the eHRAF databases for research purposes. Other requirements apply.

eHRAF data has been included in the newly launched cross-cultural database of children's play objects, Play|Object|Play. Compiled by researchers Felix Riede (PI), Sheina Lew-Levy, Marc Malmdorf Andersen and Ulrik Høj Johnsen, the project seeks to develop an integrative child-centered model of material culture change, drawing on emerging psychological and anthropological understandings of the cognitive and cultural processes by which children develop their tool-making skill.

P|O|P contains coded data on play objects from around the world with links to source data in eHRAF World Cultures. Beginning with foragers, additional subsistence categories are planned, as well as objects from museum entries and new findings from the field.

The database is both open access and crowd-sourced. It aims to give ethnographic and ethno-historical context to children's play objects. Contributions that reflect the diversity of childrens' lived experiences are welcome.

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