The American Ethnological Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 AES Graduate Student Research Grant.

The competition, in its inaugural year, received almost 200 proposals, and the committee was challenged to select from a pool of very worthy projects. The award of $2500 is to fund dissertation research. Grantees will be encouraged to write a brief, blog-style report on project findings for the AES website, and an additional $500 will be available to grantees who present their work at the 2019 AES spring meeting: March 14 to 16, 2019 at Washington University in St. Louis, co-hosted by the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) and the Association of Latino and Latina Anthropologists (ALLA).AES plans to run the competition again in 2019.

The committee awarded grants to the following ten graduate students:

Alia Ayman

(New York University)

Ayman’s research examines the history of Egyptian documentary films commissioned by the state after the 1952 revolution. The research explores the politics and poetics of representing cultural difference through examining a vast corpus of short films, newsreels and non-theatrical films that were integral to the project of post-colonial nation building led by Gamal Abd El Nasser.