Patricia Delaney, Gender Studies Coordinator and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, presented a paper entitled "Gender, Ethnic Identity and Upheaval: Reflection on Displacement, Conflict, and The Contestation of Cultural Identity (Again) in Timor Leste" at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) in Denver, CO, on March 23. The SfAA is an international organization of practicing anthropologists. The paper was based on ethnographic fieldwork she conducted during her sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year. The sabbatical research was supported by Saint Michael's College and the Ruth M. Landes Foundation. Patti also served as chair of her session, entitled "Politico-economic Impacts on Gender Roles and Gender Identity."
Patricia Delaney, associate professor of anthropology and gender studies, is just back from a one year sabbatical conducting ethnographic research on gender and identity in the post-conflict environment in Timor-Leste (in Southeast Asia). Her work was supported by a generous two-year grant from the Ruth M. Landes Foundation. The grant provided funding for a full 6-month field season in Timor. During the sabbatical year, she also held a position as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Patti will be presenting the preliminary findings from her work both on and off campus during the academic year. She is currently working on a book drawn from this work and her writing time is also being supported by the $80,000 Ruth M. Landes grant.