Professor Elizabeth Emma Ferry and Stephen Ferry selected as finalist for the 2023 Kate Browne Creativity in Research Award

Elizabeth Emma Ferry, professor of anthropology, has been selected as a finalist, along with her co-author Stephen Ferry, for the 2023 Kate Browne Creativity in Research Award. The award recognizes scholars who demonstrate unusual creativity in the work of an original research project. 

The purpose of the award is to honor exciting new ways of thinking about research design/methodology, and the creative and compelling communication of research results to a public audience. 

The Ferrys’ project, La Batea, uses texts, design and photographs to provide a complex and humane view of small-scale gold mining in Colombia. Produced by Jet Age Books, the book "[explores] gold’s double effects – situations of violence, contamination, and exploitation, but also of devotion, craftsmanship, and anchored communities," according to the publisher.

At Brandeis, her courses include Power and Violence, Economies and Culture, and Sugar: Cultivation, Circulation, and Power (with Professor Greg Childs).  Her interests include economic anthropology, mining and resources, anthropology of finance, materiality. She is currently writing a book on gold as a physical object in mining and finance.


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