Finalist for the Roy A. Rappaport Graduate Student Award—Karen Rignall
Karen Rignall is a finalist for the Roy A. Rappaport Graduate Student Award, sponsored by the Anthropology & Environment Section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). A Rappaport Prize Panel Discussion will be held at the 2012 AAA meeting. Five graduate students have been selected to present a paper, and one of those selected will be awarded the Rappaport Student Prize. The paper she will be presenting is entitled: The Aporias of Green Energy: Land, Sovereignty, and the Production of Solar Energy In Pre-Saharan Morocco. The paper is an expansion of her dissertation research on land rights and livelihoods in the rural south of Morocco and explores how Europe’s interest in renewable energy has created new forms of value in the vast steppe of Morocco, with problematic implications for local sovereignty over communal lands.