Dr Lorena Gibson is one of the 2016 recipients of a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start Award. Her project, East Side Orchestras: Music, Poverty, and Social Change, explores the social impacts of three charitable organisations that provide free music education programmes inspired by El Sistema, one of the world’s most successful movements for musical and social development, in low decile schools in urban Wellington.
The third Annual Conference and Social Change Forum is taking place at Victoria University of Wellington from 1-3 September 2016. This is an interdisciplinary conference that will be of interest to anthropologists working in the areas of democracy, citizenship, activism, social media, refugee narratives, climate change, food security, protest, poverty, inequality, and social justice. The call for presentations is now open.