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*Two ICDS Members Research Links

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama, a member of the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, writes a blog for the Huffington Post.  Check out her most recent post and the archives of others here.

Her research examines the role that storytelling played in human evolution by looking at the knowledge it takes to make a living as a hunter-gather and the use of stories to transmit this knowledge. Her courses look at how universal characters and genres — e.g., tricksters, monsters, heroes, love stories, war narratives —address recurrent problems of human life.

Marcela Mendoza, another member of the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, is part of an interdisciplinary research team from the United States and Argentina that is interested in understanding the ways in which public perspectives of race, ethnicity, and national belonging may be affected by recent trends in genetic ancestry research in Argentina.  Check out the link to the research team here.

Given the current social and political context, they are curious to know what it means to be Argentine. In what ways do “race,” ethnicity, and national belonging have to do with the construction of “Argentineness”? Does genetic information inform or alter those constructions?