Fulbright 2012

The Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), http://www.cies.org/specialists, is a list of experts who wish to use their expertise to help the hosting university, museum or research center to accomplish local goals. The period for serving on the registry is five years. During that time a scholar may be hosted on two occasions. The U.S. government pays for travel to the host country’s nearest major airport, as well as daily pay at the successful completion of the assignment (minimum of two weeks; maximum of two months. The host will pay the local travel cost from the airport to the work location, as well as the cost of lodging, food, and transportation.

Each country has a different timetable and selection committee. And the number of Fulbright Specialists for each country can change from year to year. But the U.S. embassy will know the contact information of its own Fulbright committee. So that is where to start the hosting process. Examples of past Specialists are online at http://www.cies.org/specialists/Grantee_Information/SpecialistsScholarList.htm, but to see the current list the potential host must contact either the U.S. Embassy or the Fulbright Commission in the host country. Initial communication should be only between the host and the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission (not from the Specialist to the Embassy). On the other hand, host and Specialist can communicate without restriction.

The complete details of the program are online at the title hotlink (above).

Project profile for Specialist Guven Witteveen

There are valuable collections, exhibits, artifacts and events in every country, but only a small proportion of these resources can be seen online. My experience March – June 2009 as visiting researcher at the Hokkaido University Museum taught me several ways to easily make digital files and present the material online in multimedia (pictures, video, audio, reference links and mapping). My project focuses on helping colleagues in other countries to produce material online in this same way.

So the three tasks for me to perform, according to the host country’s wishes, include:

1. Photographing collections digitally,

2. Producing several types of multimedia (listed above) for online viewing, and

3. Teaching workshops that guide local colleagues to produce their own research material in multimedia.

In my summer 2012 assignment at Xinjiang Normal University I led a course in anthropological research methods, consulted with faculty and graduate students on their own project methods and bibliographic sources, organized visual anthropology discussions and screenings, and proof-read English language materials pre-publication.


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English (native speaker)

Dutch, Japanese, Spanish: c

French, Korean, Russian: b



Selected publications

2014 "Moving from periphery to center" Anthropology News, January.

2012 “Producing multi-media for multiple audiences at the Hokkaido University Museum” pp. 61-66 in

Phillip Vannini (ed.) Popularizing Research: Engaging New Genres, New Media, and New Audiences. NY: Peter Lang.

2011 Back in Time: Pictures Worth More than 1,000 Words in EDUCATION ABOUT ASIA 16, 2: 42-46.

2010 At Look at One Japanese Temple: Background to the Temple of Great Treasure, Daihou-ji online supplement to Education About Asia 15,2 Teaching about Asian Religions.

2010 Grassroots Dedication and Opportunism: The Past and Future of the Pre-University Anthropology Education Movement in the United States in Action Anthropology special double issue on the theme of precollege anthropology initiatives, Spring.

2009 “An old lens of ethnography is ready to use again: the panoramic view,” Anthropology News (Nov).2008 “Review of Japanland double DVD in the educational media issue, Education About Asia.

content consultant, Teens in Japan by Sandy Donovan. Minneapolis, MN: Compasspoint Books.

Asia Today supplement (Japan pages only) in collaboration with Detroit Newspapers in Education.

“Can you see yourself in digital video,” Anthropology News (January).

The Renaissance of Takefu. New York: Routledge.

2004 “Japanese Music Series (Music of Bunraku. 1991, 29 minutes. Shinto Festival Music. 1993, 30 minutes.), film review in AEMS News and Reviews, 7,1 (Winter).

2002 “Civil Society in Japan and Takefu City's Efforts to Involve Citizens in Community Building,"

Senri Ethnological Series 62: 41-57.

"Digital Guide is museum's on-ramp to the information highway" Anthropology News 41,4.

2000 "Digital Anthropologist--how much is enough" Anthropology News 41,7.

1997 Local History and the Politics of Renewing a Regional Japanese Town. Ph. D. dissertation,

Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin - Madison.



Selected online work

2013 On the Fulbright Specialist Program [guest blog article, American Anthropological Association]

2013 Publish at Amazon K.D.P. [presentation at 5th annual Technology Showcase, Michigan State University]

2012 Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (June-July)

2009 Multimedia work to introduce Hokkaido University Museum, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVT-pL5gENI AND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dquvnCdnk20


1998 Social Sketches in Japan. Video interviews conducted in English in Japan with Japanese

respondents of a dozen facets of social life, including family life, school life (teacher perspective, high

school student perspective), temple and shrine experiences, medical care and so on.


Online products of the study tour to Korea (2005)

albums, panoramic views, comparative impressions of Japan and Korea,

reading practice of Hangeul signs observed


Online albums for visual awareness of Japanese features and concepts:

Buddhism holy fire (Tendai sect), street scenes and popular culture, pilgrimage circuit,
Jodo sect Daihou-ji (temple), memorializing the unborn

Buddhist installation ceremony of new priest, divided chronologically into Albums 1, 2, 3

Japanese food culture (grocery, festival, streetviews, restaurants, sources)

Japanese homes (model home park near Kanazawa) showing the transitional space

between house and grounds

Morning market (farmers/fishermen) in Japan


Early photo project for Korea and Japan built from collections are the Library of Congress

Old Korea Photos, http://old-koreaphotos.wikispaces.com

Old Japan Photos, http://old-japanphotos.wikispaces.com