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Director for Institute for Social and Cultural Research discuss Belizeโ€™s cultural history with esteemed researchers

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2023. 9:26 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Last week, Director for Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR) Rolando Cocom met with 2 esteemed Research permit holders and discussed Belizeโ€™s cultural history.

Cocom met with Dr. Kristina Baines, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York.

Dr. Bainesโ€™ work revolves around medical and environmental anthropology.

Her book “Embodying Ecological Heritage in a Maya Community: Health, Happiness and Identity” (2016) offers deep insights into health and heritage practices through the lens of a Maya community in southern Belize.

Discussions included Belizeโ€™s Maya living heritage and plans for a coloring book on the Deer Dance.

Cocom also met with Dr. Melissa Johnson, an anthropologist and professor at Southwestern University who specializes in environmental issues, race, and gender.

Her book “Becoming Creole: Nature and Race” (2018) explores the complex relationships between people, their environments, and racialization processes.

Dr. Johnson and Director Cocom met at the Belize Archives and Records Service, where she’s delving into the history of the Mosquito Shore evacuation to Belize.

The ISCR-NICH is tasked with reviewing and cataloging historical research and studies involving human participants within the country.


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