Fellow: Awarded 2012
Field of Study: Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Competition: US & Canada
Don Kulick is Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago. His nine books and dozens of articles address a wide range of issues, including how children are socialized to acquire language, indigenous forms of Christianity, the anthropology of literacy, queer theory, language and sexuality, discourses about and practices of prostitution, the anthropology of obesity, human-animal relations, reflexive epistemology, and the sexual lives of women and men with severe physical and intellectual impairments. He has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Brazil, and Scandinavia. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, Mr. Kulick will be completing a book that documents the socio-cultural and linguistic processes that are resulting in the death of a small language spoken in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea, whose speakers he has been working with for over twenty years.