Awards, Anthropology

Anthropology professor Michael Hathaway one of two SFU researchers awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

April 21, 2022

Two Simon Fraser University faculty members are among the prestigious list of 2022 Guggenheim Fellows. Professors Michael Hathaway and Geoff Mann join a diverse group of 180 exceptional individuals—and among nine from Canada—chosen from nearly 2,500 applicants. The international fellowships recognize their impactful social research and support further contributions to their fields.

An excerpt from the article:

Hathaway is a professor of anthropology and director of SFU’s David Lam Centre for Asian Studies. His research has mainly focused on global environmentalism and debates about Indigenous rights in Asia.

During his fellowship, Hathaway will explore the rise of Indigenous networks in the Pacific Rim, which followed a series of all-Indigenous delegations travelling to China from Japan and from Canada in the 1970s. Indigenous groups returned to their home countries inspired to challenge state authorities, crafting powerful texts that awakened a generation to the ongoing colonial structures of society.

Visiting China helped delegates to reimagine themselves as global subjects who were connected to other Indigenous people, as part of what was called the Fourth World. “It was one of the first instances of all these people starting to see themselves not just as members of an individual group suffering from a particular colonial state, but as a global community of Indigenous people” says Hathaway, “and that changed everything.”

He hopes his work will draw attention to how Indigenous-led, grassroots efforts shaped the history of the Indigenous movement, both in B.C. and around the world.

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