Ep #77 Mutual Assistance & The “Value” of the Olympics: This Month on TFS

The Familiar Strange · Ep #77 Mutual Assistance & The “Value” of the Olympics: This Month on TFS And we’re back! This week we’d like to introduce our newest Familiar Stranger, Joe Clifford. Joe has just completed his Masters in Development Studies from the University of Auckland! To kick off his first panel, Joe discusses … Continue reading Ep #77 Mutual Assistance & The “Value” of the Olympics: This Month on TFS

Ethnographic Poetry and Academic Writing: A Reflection

“Whatever your eye can see, it's vecik.” This line resonated with me while I was conducting my fieldwork in Taiwan with the indigenous Paiwan village known as Paridrayan. Good friend and prolific artist, Etan Pavavaljung, once mentioned to me this Paiwan concept known as vecik. The concept, briefly speaking, implies an interconnectedness that links all tangible things with each other. From humans, rocks, and trees to winds and words, they are connected to each other through vecik...“However,” he added, “something like poetry can be vecik.”. He continued, “let’s take for example, a village elder reciting a poem about his childhood. He recites verses about his flower garden from his childhood home as well as reminiscing his childhood days. These words become vecik.”

Ep #76 The Sounds of Fieldwork & Choosing Your Field Site: This Month on TFS

The Familiar Strange · Ep #76 The Sounds of Fieldwork & Choosing Your Fieldsite: This Month on TFS This week we’d like to introduce a new Familiar Stranger, Jarrod Sim! Jarrod is a PhD student at the school of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. His current research is an anthropologically-led study of … Continue reading Ep #76 The Sounds of Fieldwork & Choosing Your Field Site: This Month on TFS