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Preliminary Fieldwork in Redfern and Waterloo

By • Sep 27th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

I am thankful that I had 15 days to conduct fieldwork in Sydney in August. While the majority of my dissertation fieldwork will take place over 9-12 months (hopefully starting in late Fall 2019), this trip was combination pilot study (to test potential validity of my site) and a preliminary dive into ethnography and interviewing. […]

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Learning Sydney: Round 2

By • Sep 27th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Since my inaugural trip to Australia last May/June, I’ve written my thesis and earned my master’s degree in Anthropology. The title of my thesis is The Gap on the Block: Subjectivity, Aboriginality, and Agency in Contemporary Urban Australia. My thesis explored the construction and maintenance of an Aboriginal subjectivity in a inner-city suburb (similar to our city […]

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Politics, Parliament, and Anthropology: Canberra

By • Aug 18th, 2017 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Stepping off the train in Canberra was quite daunting after the experience of Sydney. Canberra is much smaller and serves as the political hub of Australia. Fortunately, because it is the nation’s capital, the public centers (museums, government buildings, archives) are incredible. My first day in Canberra consisted of riding a bicycle to the National […]

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Finding a Research Foundation in Sydney

By • Aug 18th, 2017 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

After spending weeks stressing about how I would spend my first summer as a graduate student, I ended up with several options that I thought were reasonable and would lead me in a fruitful direction. These plans included myriad internships for grassroots organizations in San Francisco, a volunteering opportunity with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in […]

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