For her Master's thesis, Anthropology student Charlotte Waltz delved into the discussion on abortion in Ireland. Her thesis proved worthy of the 2018 CAR Graduate Student Paper Award, a prestigious prize for medical anthropologists.
Anthropology award for Master's student Charlotte Waltz
Charlotte's thesis is entitled 'Moral Regimes and Public Discourses: Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Activism in Cork, Ireland'. She is still slightly astounded that she won the award. 'I could not believe my eyes when I received the news via email – and I still cannot believe it fully! While I hadn't expected it at all, I'm over the moon. I'll use the feedback that I received to improve my work and I hope to publish it as an article.'
American Anthropological Association
The award is an initiative of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR), part of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Within the framework of its annual meeting, the AAA will devote attention to the thesis at its Society for Medical Anthropology business meeting.
Prof. Ton Robben, Charlotte's supervisor, is proud of her: 'This award by the American Anthropological Association is prestigious and highly contested. Every year, the jury receives a great many submissions. I doubt whether there has ever been another Dutch student who received the award.'
So what are Charlotte's plans for the future? 'I hope to publish the results of my thesis, take a doctoral degree and then write many, many more articles!'