The American Ethnological Society is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 AES Graduate Student Research Grant.

The AES small grants competition, now in its second year, received many excellent proposals, and the committee was challenged to select from a pool of 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 2020 AES spring meeting in Austin, Texas, co-hosted by the Association of Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA).

AES plans to run the competition again in 2020.

The committee awarded grants to the following ten graduate students:

Emily Boak, University of Calgary,
Visualizing Afghanistan through Imperial Eyes

Afghanistan is one of the most imaged places in the world: satellites, drones, and laser scanners ceaselessly upload new images to ever-expanding servers. Afghanistan however, has long been a place that foreign eyes attempted to capture and visualize from a distance. My project asks: how does the U.S. military’s use of aerial imagery draw upon visual and cartographic traditions laid by the British Empire and Soviet Union?