Orisanmi Burton
2014 Del Jones Award Winner

jones_burton.jpgI am a research librarian and doctoral student in social anthropology at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. My ongoing research is concerned with mass incarceration and the oppositional strategies that constitute the prison resistance movement in the United States. Some of the questions that animate my research include the following: What are the ideological and tactical approaches to prison resistance and how are these approaches articulated and negotiated on the ground? What are the possibilities of advancing a radical critique of mass incarceration under present neoliberal conditions? How have incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people contributed to prison resistance efforts? This research will contribute to a broad set of theoretical concerns related to the black radical tradition, social movements & knowledge production, the neoliberal city, and racialization & resistance. I am conducting this project in collaboration with The Center For NuLeadership On Urban Solutions, an innovative research, training and advocacy organization developed by formerly incarcerated professionals and staffed by people directly impacted by the criminal justice system.

 

Carolyn Trimble
2014 Del Jones Award Winner

jones_trimble.jpgI am a Master’s candidate in the Applied Anthropology program at the University of Memphis with a certificate in Museum Studies (B.A., History, University of Memphis, 2004; Anthropology, 2011). My research interests include the preservation and documentation of neglected historic communities and how they create relevance for museums in their host community. I am also particularly interested in the relationship between cultural heritage preservation – material culture, building and structures that are neglected, abandoned, or demolished – and identity and empowerment of the community. As a Memphis native, with a long family history in the area, I am passionate about preserving the cultural heritage of my city’s rich and complex history. My current work at the historic Mount Carmel Cemetery in Memphis is a pilot project for community based cemetery restoration. I have also worked with the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, and the Mallory Neely Historic Home in Memphis, TN.