Video recording of my paper, 'Spectres, Spectacles and the Cruel Optimism of The Walk' presented at the April 2022 conference, 'Bodies on the Edge: Life and Death in Migration'
My latest article: Righteous Crusades? Imperialism, homophobia and the danger of simplification in God Loves Uganda. Published on the multi-lingual, interdisciplinary and generally quite excellent new online journal The Postcolonialist. I wrote this piece in response to the documentary film "God Loves Uganda," but it can also be read as a more general response to the … Continue reading Latest article: On Uganda, homophobia and complex histories
As of September, I have been living in New England, carrying out PhD dissertation research. I am working with people who have suffered persecution on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender non-conformity and are consequently seeking asylum in the U.S. I'll continue to update this blog whenever possible, and will return to Washington … Continue reading Into the field…
My latest article for Red Pepper, "Married Strife" written in response to the UK government passing the "Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013" back in July. It would have been better published immediately after, but that's the beauty/frustration of print magazine journalism. In many ways, this debate is regarded as old news. Critiques of state-endorsed marriage … Continue reading Article on the UK Marriage (Same-Sex) Act 2013
This summer, my alma mater the University of Manchester played host to the 17th Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographic Scientists (IUAES). I was fortunate enough to attend, and found it exciting and unusual for a number of reasons, all of which were pleasantly surprising and unusually progressive for a conference of … Continue reading Reflections on IUAES Congress 2013
Being a lefty British woman in DC, I tired quickly of people offering me their condolences and/or offering me their opinion on Thatcherism after the grand old Dame passed away last week. More exhausting--and frustrating--was the commentary in the British press running along the lines of: "These death parties are grotesque!" In reality, they served … Continue reading Article in defense of Thatcher “Death Parties”