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Dr Noa Vaisman, Durham International Junior Research Fellow and Marie Curie Fellow

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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Dr. Noa Vaisman is an International Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and a Marie Curie Fellow at Durham University Law School and DGSI. An anthropologist trained at Cornell University (Ph.D. 2008), her work examines processes of social reconstruction in the long aftermath of the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983). While at Durham University, she will be completing a book manuscript that centers on the identification of young adults who were abducted by the dictatorial regime in Argentina and raised for most of their lives without knowledge of their biological origins and traumatic history. This project is part of her broader research interests that focus on the impact of new technologies on human rights law and practice.

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Human Rights
  • Argentina and Southern Cone
  • Ethics
  • Legal Anthropology
  • Memory Studies
  • Political Kinship
  • Post-conflict Social Reconstruction
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Self, Subjectivity, Personhood
  • Visual Anthropology and Documentary Films

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2007: David Schneider Award: American Anthropological Association

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

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Selected Grants

  • 2012: Durham International Junior Research Fellowship
  • 2010: Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hebrew University (Declined)
  • 2007: Sage Fellowship, Cornell University
  • 2006: Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University
  • 2002: Fulbright Enrichment Grant
  • 2001: Fulbright IIE Grant
  • 2001: Shaine Center for Research in the Social Sciences Scholarship, Hebrew University
  • 2000: Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew Unievrsity
  • 1999: Israeli Association of University Women Scholarship
  • 1999: Raymond Israel-Bloch Scholarship in Sociology