I am invited by the Society for Cross-Cultural Research to give a keynote address during its next annual meeting, which is held in Seattle from February 26 to February 29, 2020. The title of my address is Embedding Cross-Cultural Research: Driven by Values, Rooted in Relationships, and Focused on Action. In this address, I argue that when researcher adopt liberation theology's "accompaniment" as an overarching conceptual framework for their scholarly engagement with communities, they place themselves into the lives and struggles of communities and develop interpersonal and reciprocal relationships with them that result in knowledge that inspires transformative action. The abstract of my address as well as of the other keynote addresses are available online.
Denise Lewis and I co-edited a special issue of Migration Letters - "Resilience and Wellbeing in Forced Migration" with contributions by Stephanie Kohl - "More than Victims: Resiliency of Undocumented Latinas Near Chicago, United States, and the Strategic Use of Psychological Suffering in Obtaining Legal Status", May Mzayek - "Understanding Waiting and Wellbeing Through Liminal Experiences of Syrian Refugees", Denise Lewis and Savannah Young - "Powerful in Flight: Cambodian and Karen Refugee Narratives of Strength and Resilience", and myself - "Refugee Health and Religion: Karenni Catholics in Omaha, United States." My research on this theme has been featured in Boston University's Public Health Post : "Refugee Health and Religion".
The Karenni community in Omaha celebrated its New Year Festival, Kay Htoe Boe, on April 27, 2019, on the Creighton University campus. Creighton University is honored to have hosted the celebration and grateful to the Karenni to teach us about their history, identity, and cosmology. Dr. Eric Meyer's photos can be viewed here.
Holding a print copy of the book, co-edited with Andrew Nelson and Roos Willems, in my hands feels good! The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks has been publiched by Lexington Books and includes chapters of scholars and professionals presented at a panel of the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Pittsburgh in 2015. The contributors highlight the importance of the ethnographic approach taken in order to further our understanding of refugee resettlement. Each chapter includes one or more commentaries by resettled refugees or representatives of resettlement agencies.
Unfortunately, the publisher's copyeditor created an awkward error in the Table of Contents through including the wrong heading for the fourth section of the book.
January 18, 2019: Becky Davis, Margo Minnich, Jennifer Peter, and I meet for the first time with the group of students that participates in the 2019 summer program in Austria and Hungary, from May 21 to June 1. The topic of the program is "Definitions of Health - Implications for Care". The group of 26 undergraduate, graduate and professional students will visit with us, among other sites, an eldercare facility and hospital, an emergency medical services center, the Psychology Department at Karoli Gaspar University, a refugee organization, an alternative healer in the shamanic tradition, the Hungarian Chamber of Health Professionals, an organ transplant ward, and a pilgrimage shrine. Also, we will spend a whole day in Bad Kreuzen at the First Center for Traditional European Medicine to learn about and experience complementary treatments, such as hydrology, wraps and Celtic meditation.