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Work experience

2019 - Present

Postdoctoral researcher; project "Mobilizing Science: Transnationally Mobile Researchers in Comparative Perspective"

Rīga Stradiņš University

2016 - 2018

Researcher, Horizon 2020 project "INFORM: Closing the Gap Between Formal and Informal Institutions in the Balkans"

Riga Stradins University

2018 - 2018

Master's level course "Kinship systems", lecturer

Riga Stradins University

2017 - 2017

Master's level course "Anthropology of science", lecturer

Riga Stradins University

2017 - 2017

Master's level course "Kinship systems", lecturer

Riga Stradins University

2016 - 2016

Master's level course "Regional ethnography: Japan", lecturer

Riga Stradins University

2016 - 2016

Course "Human sexuality", teaching assistant

University of Pittsburgh

2015 - 2015

Course "Introduction to cultural anthropology", instructor

University of Pittsburgh

2012 - 2014

Specially appointed visiting researcher

Osaka University

Conducting doctoral dissertation research: ethnographic fieldwork

2009 - 2009

Course "Popular culture in Japan", instructor

University of Latvia

2008 - 2009

Japanese language classes, teaching assistant

University of Latvia

2008 - 2008

Course "Introduction to cultural anthropology: Asia", instructor

University of Latvia

2008 - 2008

Research assistant

University of California, Berkeley

2007 - 2008

Core seminar student coordinator

University of California, Berkeley

2007 - 2007

Course "Asian societies", teaching assistant

University of California, Berkeley

2005 - 2006

Introductory Japanese language classes, teaching assitant

University of Latvia

2005 - 2006

Secretary, Department of Asian Studies

University of Latvia

Education and training

2009 - 2017

PhD in Cultural Anthropology

University of Pittsburgh

Dissertation "The Mobile Life of Local Science: An Ethnography of International Scientists in Japan's Research Institutions"

Regional focus: Japan

2006 - 2008

MA in Asian Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Master's thesis "The Imaginary and the Other in Contemporary Otaku Subculture in Japan"

2001 - 2005

BA in Japanese Studies

University of Latvia

2003 - 2004

Intensive Japanese language training

Waseda University

Achievements

Grants and scholarships (selected)

2019-2022. Postdoc Latvia International Postdoctoral Research Grant.

2014-2015. University of Pittsburgh Dissertation Writing Scholarship in Social Sciences.

2013-2014. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science dissertation research grant.

2012-2013. Japan Foundation dissertation research grant.
2011-2012. Andrew Mellow fellowship for doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh

2010-2011. JISF/ Mitsubishi fellowship for doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

2009-2010. Doctoral fellowship for PhD studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

2007-2007. Japanese Studies Center scholarship for MA studies at UC Berkeley.
2006-2007. Fulbright Fellowship for MA studies at UC Berkeley.

2003-2004. Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) scholarship for intensive Japanese language studies at Waseda University, Tokyo.

Publications

Puzo, Ieva. 2016. "Hope amidst Uncertainty: Foreign Scientists in Japan," Contemporary Japan 28 (1): 81-99. (Speciālais izdevums "Ethnographies of Hope in Contemporary Japan.")

Puzo, Ieva. 2016. "Doing and Talking Research Excellence: By Other Means?" EASST Review 35 (4).

(Two publications currently under preparation.)

Reports:

Sedlenieks, Klāvs, Ieva Puzo and Diana Dubrovska. 2018. Informal Institutions in Everyday Life: Montenegro.

Conferences organized

2018. Tracing Informality in Southeast and Northeast Europe: Anthropological Perspectives. Riga, Latvia.

Conference participation (selected)

2019. "Moving here and moving there: The mobile lives of research workers in a comparative context." First Symposium of Justice, Arts and Migration network, Hong Kong.

2019. "Towards EUropeanness? Study and Research Mobility from Montenegro." EASA seminar Europe, knowledge politics and bureaucracy: anthropological perspectives, Brussels, Belgium.

2019. "Studying Mobility of Scientific Workforce Anthropologically: Tales of Hopes, Moves and Hopeful Moves." Rīga Stradiņš University International Interdisciplinary Conference on Social Sciences PLACES, Riga, Latvia.

2018. "Seeking the Good Life: Transnational Academic Mobility from Montenegro." Tracing Informality in Southeast and Northeast Europe: Anthropological Perspectives, Riga, Latvia.

2018. "Aspiring for Employability: Transnational Academic Mobility from Montenegro." Theorising young people’s aspirations in a global context: an interdisciplinary conference, London, UK.

2018. "Making Osaka One’s Own: Place-Making in Times of Displacement among Foreign Scientists in Japan." Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

2016. "The Local Concerns of Transnational Lives: Intimacy Practices among International Scientists in Japan." American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

2016. "Working the Excellence: Foreign Scientists in Japan’s Research Institutions." Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain.

2015. "Debating Infrastructures, Negotiating Uncertainties: Foreign Scientists in Japan." American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO

2015. "Sense-Making in Uncertain Times: International Scientists in Contemporary Japan." Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Denver CO

2015. "On the Move: Foreign Women in Japan's Scientific Institutions." 44th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Asian Studies Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

2015. "Transnational Scientific Masculinity: The Challenges of Flexible Mobility." 6th Nordic Geographers Meeting, Tallinn, Estonia

2015. "Mobility, Precarity, Power: Foreign Scientists in Contemporary Japan." 7th Annual Lotman Conference, Tallinn, Estonia

2015. "Anything but Certain: International Scientists in Contemporary Japan." Workshop: Japan's New Immigrants, Tokyo, Japan

2014. "The Labor of Science in Contemporary Japan." Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013. "Managing Hope: The Labor of Science in Contemporary Japan." The 9th Meeting of the International Association for Japan Studies, Tokyo, Japan

2013. "Hope against Hope: Science and Labor in Contemporary Japan." Workshop: Ethnographies of Hope in Contemporary Japan, Osaka, Japan

2011. "Creating Innovation, Inventing Creativity: Institutional Innovation of Interactive Technologies." Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Cleveland OH

2011. "Affective Mediation, Affective Labor: Digital Engagements with Plastic Figurines in Contemporary Japan." 14th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Conference, Boston MA

2006. "The Role of Women in Otaku Subculture: Research Proposal." 14th Annual "Bakai" Faculty and Graduate Student Conference at the Institute of East Asian Studies, Berkeley CA

2005. "The Human Mind and Nature: the Relationship between Them as Represented in Monochrome Landscape Painting of the Fifteenth Century Japan." The 64th Conference of University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia​

University service and public engagement

2017-present. Chair of the Latvian Association of Anthropologists.
2015-2016. Student representative to the Department of Anthropology hiring committee, University of Pittsburgh

2014-2015. Social activity organizer, University of Pittsburgh Graduate Student Organization

2014-2015. Department of Anthropology representative to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Student Organization

2011-2012. Student representative to the Department of Anthropology Graduate Studies Committee, University of Pittsburgh

2010-2011. Department of Anthropology representative to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Student Organization

Membership

Since January 2017, Chair of the Latvian Association of Anthropologists.

Membership: Latvian Association of Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association, Society for Social Studies of Science, European Association of Social Anthropologists, Association for Asian Studies, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Contacts

Colleagues

Anda Rožukalne
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Deniss Hanovs
Academic Staff
Sergejs Kruks
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Sandra Mihailova
Head of the Department, Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ritma Rungule
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ilva Skulte
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Anda Laķe
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ivans Jānis Mihailovs
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Alnis Stakle
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Taņa Lāce
Academic Staff
Vita Savicka
Academic Staff
Ruta Siliņa
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff, Board Member
Sanita Šuriņa
Academic Staff, Scientific assistant (acting) – doctoral student, Researcher