Univ. of British Columbia anthropologist Shaylih Muehlman Awarded Junior Scholar Prize for 2012

Press Release: 14 December 2012

The Anthropology & Environment Society has awarded its Junior Scholar Prize to Univ. of British Columbia anthropologist Shaylih Muehlman. The prize is given annually to an early‐career scholar for an exemplary article in the area of environmental anthropology.

Muehlman won for her 2012 article Rhizomes and Other Uncountables: The Malaise of Enumeration in Mexico’s Colorado River Delta, in American Ethnologist 39(2): 339‐353.

James Igoe (Dartmouth), chair of the award committee, writes that “Rhizomes and Other Uncountables” examines how pressures to measure and manage water in the along the Colorado Rivershed have led to the breaking up the system into countable components. This has had significant material and symbolic consequences for residents of the Colorado River Delta as they deal with disappearing water, imminent extinctions, and loss of speakers of endangered languages.”

The Anthropology & Environment Society is a major section of the American Anthropological Association. The announcement was made at the annual convention by president Glenn Stone (Washington Univ.).

For further information, contact Glenn Stone at stone@wustl.edu.

Prof. Shaylih Muehlmann

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