Visualizing Cultural Reproduction In Sikkim: A Material Culture Approach

Sikkim has preserved quite unique cultural artifacts of Tibetan Buddhism, and among those the most renowned is the thangka paintings. Through this project I would attempt to understand the cultural phenomenon of thangka paintings, how it has transformed in recent times. Thangka paintings portray the cosmology of Tibetan Buddhism, and it has captured the popular imagination on thinking about Himalayan region in general. The art of making thangka has sacred qualities, it is made to express devotion to Buddha, and the artist is paid reverence for engaging in the noble art.

Global Health Governance in South India

Global Health Governance is a hot topic these days but it seldom reaches the dalitbahujans (low caste and tribal peoples, the majority in India). Pairing industry with global health agendas is the wave of the future and can be more fruitful if culturally sensitive. Eight years ago, India embarked on the National Rural Health Mission for improved health governance in the rural areas and to realize the Millennium Development Goals.

Collective will and the Brazilian Left: how is a real movement built out of a crisis of praxis?

This project is intended to follow and analyse the most recent activities of groups identified to be in the Brazilian Left. Through fieldwork and theoretical analysis, the goal is to understand how the Left views itself, how collective will can be developed within these groups, and if a critical pedagogical methodology can assist in this process. The ethnographic methodology employed in this project will help to identify who the main actors are and what kind of activities have been prioritized by Left organizations.

Riberinhos’ Lived Experiences and Practices of Malaria in the Brazilian Amazon

In Brazil, malaria accounts for the highest morbidity registered in the Americas. In this country, 99.5% of the cases of malaria are registered in the Brazilian Amazon. The main goal of this research is to investigate how riberinhos experience and act upon malaria in endemic areas of Manaus and Careiro, State of Amazonas, Brazil. This study is situated in the fields of population health and medical anthropology. This study is situated in the fields of population health and medical anthropology.

Development of a gender-sensitive organizational assessment model

The objective of this assignment is to strengthen the institutional and organizational assessment (IOA) model developed by Universalia to identify gender dimensions which affect equity and performance within an organization. To do so, the intern will be asked to proceed to a mapping of existing gender equality tools (as well as their strengths and weaknesses) used in the assessment and capacity-building of international development organizations in order to further develop the IOA model.

Development of a gender-sensitive organizational assessment model

The objective of this assignment is to strengthen the institutional and organizational assessment (IOA) model developed by Universalia to identify gender dimensions which affect equity and performance within an organization. To do so, the intern will be asked to proceed to a mapping of existing gender equality tools (as well as their strengths and weaknesses) used in the assessment and capacity-building of international development organizations in order to further develop the IOA model.

Barriers and Facilitators to the Integration of Mental Health Servicesin Primary Care in Vietnam from the Perspective of Health Workers: Individual,Organizational and Structural Factors

Access to appropriate mental health services is critically limited for many people living in low and middle-income countries. Making services for depression available in primary health care increases the successful diagnosis and treatment of depression and improves the quality of people’s lives. As the first point of contact with patients, primary care workers are essential to the successful delivery of depression care.

Landscape Changes and Place Making in Santarém Region, Lower Amazon, Brazil. From Late Pre-Columbian until Contact Periods

Despite an increase in the number of archaeological field projects in the Amazon region, few studies have analyzed landscape in order to understand the intricacies of political life of a given complex-society in the Amazonian prehistory. This research will focus on landscape formation and changes to decipher the degree to which the Tapajó group were politically centralized and hierarchically structured. It will also to contribute to the ongoing debate on the degree of human impacts and modification of the Amazonian landscape, in particular the Santarém region in the Lower Amazon.

Techniques and Instruments of Value Production and Translation in Canadian Wild Food Harvesting

Commercial sourcing of wild foods, such as chanterelle mushrooms or wild blueberries, often requires accessing forests with competing uses. They might also be timberlands for conventional forestry, or parks for recreation or conservation. The conflicts that result illustrate how nature and natural resources are valued in different ways in different worlds: by forest managers or forest users, and by wild food consumers, concerned about conservation, or wild food harvesters, concerned about production.

Lean and Green: Developing Environmental Management Processes for Industry

The intern will be engaged in developing a Lean and Green road map that establishes the current environmental performance of the study facility, identifies opportunities for improvement, and provides a systematic process in order to achieve sustainability goals. By engaging in the development of Current and Future Value Stream maps, applying relevant process management tools, and studying the impacts of soft skills on implementing and maintaining an environmental management system, the intern will identify operational management improvements at the study facility.

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