On May 1st 2018, I started my new role as Postdoctoral Early Career Researcher in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. The team I am joining is part of an exciting, four-year global project addressing “gender and cultures of equality” through collaborative work between researchers and NGO/activist partners. The project is called GlobalGRACE [website under construction], and it launches officially on June 29 – join us for a reception if you’re in London!
My role over the course of the project will include both ethnographic research as well as a great deal of hands-on curation, which marks somewhat of a departure for me as a scholar while feeling like a natural progression given my work on creative, interactive, visual, and exhibiting projects over the years. I’m excited to see where it will lead.
I am also quite overjoyed to be living back in the UK after seven productive yet challenging years in the United States. I’m particularly grateful to the faculty, staff, and students at Georgetown University for their excellent company and support over two excellent years. I am sure I will miss teaching — but for now, on with the research!
After a short hiatus, we’re back with a new bite-sized overview of a key concept in anthropology: feminism. I spoke to Dr Christa Craven about the foremothers and groundbreakers in feminist anthropology, and about the politics of citations.
Click here for resources, links, additional background, and Teaching Tools connected to the podcast.
Episodes on Sovereignty and on Scientific Racism are also available at the Society for Cultural Anthropology.
Over the past year, I’ve been working on a collaborative experimental film project with interlocutors who identify as LGBTQ+ and are asylum seekers or asylees. Our aim has been to take journeys through local “gaybourhoods” or “villages”–areas renown for being LGBT-friendly. We discuss what thoughts and memories these spaces evoke while moving through them, allowing our conversations to meander in step with, and in response to the built environment.
I shared initial findings at the recent EASA “Media and Mobilities” workshop, and am honored that our work has been featured as part of the “Representations of Displacement” series on the excellent AHCR-ESRC-sponsored Refugee Hosts project website. We’re in great company: entries in the series each address the politics and (un)intended consequences of particular tropes and mediums for representing experiences of displacement, and most offer compelling and creative alternatives in an effort to “disrupt humanitarian narratives”. The collection is vital reading for those of us engaged in creating and/or perpetuating images and imaginaries in this realm.
During the recent American Anthropological Association annual meetings in Washington, DC, I ran a “pop up people’s museum” entitled Protest Matters! The temporary installation of protest objects (or, “matter”) was open Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, at local community cafe, The Potter’s House.
The Installation offered a timely opportunity for AAA attendees to come together with local activists and community members to explore the dynamic relationships between art and activism, materiality and affect, and creativity and community in the context of social justice activism. In the spirit of a “people’s museum” the contents were dictated by visitors, who chose objects to lend or donate to the archive, and wrote labels that included personal reflections as well as typical date/ origin/ material descriptions of items.
I’m happy to report that the project will live on in the form of a Virtual Museum, and even a 360 video that is VR headset compatible, allowing people to “revisit” the space in the future. You can find out more about the project, and how to contribute your own “protest matter” on the Protest Matters! website.
I’m proud and excited to share this new podcast series, which I have developed and am producing for the Society for Cultural Anthropology. Entitled “AnthroBites,” the series is a teaching tool at heart, featuring knowledgeable academics breaking down complex concepts, theories, and texts for a broad audience. I’ve been working on the concept for a while, and the slate is full for the coming months. Each episode is supplemented with further texts, media, and lesson plans on the Cultural Anthropology website, making for a useful resource for teachers and their students.
Episode #1 is “Scientific Racism” with Dr. Rachel Watkins. Listen here.
Episode #2 is “Sovereignty” with Dr. Yarimar Bonilla. Listen here.
My latest journalistic article, published in Teen Vogue. While a different audience than I’m used to writing for, I’m quite heartened that there’s an appetite for feminist discourse analysis in a publication targeted at young women.
The editing process was also different from usual. I would not have made the same headlining/ standfirst choices, so it was instructive to see how my words were interpreted and presented by the Eds.
In the coming months, I’ll write up a more in-depth, scholarly analysis of the data I gathered for this piece (a surprisingly large dataset, so a lot to go through).
Great to see my research getting a platform in the popular press. Thanks to Oscar Lopez for taking the time to conduct an in-depth interview, and to understand the nuances of LGBTQ+ immigration to the United States.
Read the article: “For LGBTQ Refugees in the United States, ‘Visibility is a Two-Sided Sword'”