What might exhuming reveal to us about the legacy of apartheid-era inequalities and state violence in South Africa?
In what ways are health inequalities gendered in the context of farming in South Africa?
I’m currently working on a book manuscript, and two articles based on my dissertation research.
I’ve taught medical and sociocultural anthropology, and science studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
I’m a medical anthropologist employed at the University of the Witwatersrand where I’m a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Public Health. I received my PhD from the Joint Medical Anthropology Program at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco in December 2014, with a specialization in Science and Technology Studies. I’m originally from Los Angeles, U.S. and I’m currently living in Johannesburg, South Africa.
When Obama was yet to become president, I remember sitting anxiously in lecture, watching our laptop screens plastered with maps of the U.S. covered in red and blue. Who cares what Marx and Durkheim had to say, when the future of our country is at stake. Unlike in South Africa and in most places of[…]
Even when we were kids, my mom would ask us to call 411 for information, or make restaurant reservations for her. We would moan and tease that she could do it herself, and she would moan and tease us back to do it because it was good for us to practice our social skills.
I didn’t believe Mama until she tried calling in a reservation for 4 at a new Asian Fusion eatery in Manhattan Beach. She was turned away. She had me call in and sure enough, I was able to get the reservation that she couldn’t.
Everyday in Johannesburg, I meet white folk of my parents’ age whose children have fled the country. Children who were born and raised in South Africa around the time apartheid had ended, who were schooled and educated here. Have got up and left. It is the ultimate white flight, the white flight of a nation,[…]
Here’s a short thought piece I wrote during the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism on my frustrations with performing theory and inspirations (with practical outlets) for storytelling research in more accessible ways: Performing & Storytelling Theory: A Future Perfect Possibility http://jhbwtc.blogspot.co.za/2015/07/performing-storytelling-theory-future.html
Over the years as a graduate student living and working in the Bay Area–one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S.–I’ve accumulated a small list of resources and tips to make ends meet and have a hell of a good time while doing it. I’ve come to share this list with new graduate students at UC Berkeley and via emails with friends and cohort members, and am now posting it here for others to use and add to. Some of the links and discounts may be outdated, but most of these resources still exist.
The editors, Eugene Raikhel and Elle Nurmi, at the medical anthropology blog Somatosphere were very kind to review and post an essay of mine on Catholicism and science. This is a work in progress–like the professors say, you’ll have to read about it in my book: http://somatosphere.net/2014/01/religion-secularism-and-science-at-the-spanish-exhumation.html
In “What I Wish I Knew Before I was 20,” neuro-engineer and Stanford d.school Professor Tina Seelig writes of a teaching exercise to get her students to think creatively:
The following exercise demonstrates that there really is no such thing as a bad idea. With the right frame of mind, even bad ideas can serve as seeds for brilliant ideas…[B]reak the group into small teams and ask each one to come up with the BEST idea and the WORST idea for solving the stated problem. The best idea is something that each team thinks will solve the problem brilliantly. The worst idea will be ineffective, unprofitable, or will make the problem worse…
This exercise is a great way to open your mind to solutions to problems because it demonstrates that most ideas, even if they look silly or stupid on the surface, often have at least a seed of potential. It helps to challenge the assumption that ideas are either good or bad, and demonstrates that, with the right frame of mind, you can look at most ideas or situations and find something valuable. (Excerpt from “What I Wish I Knew…” posted in Psychology Today)
Instead of imagining the best idea possible, Seelig tries to get her students to think of the absurd, the unimaginable, and the ridiculous. Inspired by Seeling’s teaching technique and some of the ridiculous pots of funding I’ve seen posted on H-NET, I thought: What would be the most ridiculous ethnographic project?
I came up with: Anthropology of the Sidewalk. […]