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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Preserving rich cultural traditions of the Nicobar Islands

University of Kent's, 10 September : The recipient of this year's Royal Anthropological Institute Urgent Anthropology Fellowship, Dr Simron Singh, will present a research seminar at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus on 8 October.
Titled 'Engaged Anthropology and Post-tsunami recovery in the Nicobar Islands', the seminar, which is open to all, will take place at 4.30pm in the Dice Lecture Room, Marlowe Building. There is disabled access to the Marlowe Building and the lecture room.
Dr Singh received the Fellowship, which is co-sponsored and hosted by the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the
University of Kent, to help research, document and preserve the threatened cultural traditions of the Nicobar Islanders. He is deeply involved with the post-tsunami reconstruction of the Nicobar Islands, liaising between the Nicobar tribal government, the Indian government and foreign donors on the distribution of aid.
Dr Rajindra Puri, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Anthropology at Kent and a member of the RAI Urgent Anthropology Fellowship Committee, said: 'We are very pleased to host this prestigious Fellowship at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, where staff are similarly engaged in research, training and outreach to maintain both cultural and biological diversity worldwide.

'We are very excited to welcome Dr Singh to Kent this year; his research and advocacy work with the Nicobarese will inspire students, staff and the public. We look forward to helping him in his mission to preserve and make accessible Nicobarese culture.'
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