Ep #84 Activist Anthropology & Becoming Humanitarian Victims: This month on TFS 

This week the strangers are joined by Kathryn Allan! Kathryn is currently completing her PhD at the school of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on stateless persons, refugees, and asylum seekers. She is also regional president of Amnesty international of NSW and ACT. Welcome Kathryn! 

In this episode, Kathryn kicks us off by asking the Strangers about activism and anthropology. She poses questions around the issues that arise from the interplay between being an advocate and activist and being an anthropologist. Kathryn, asks questions around representation and amplification of the voices that matter and what we as anthropologists can do to participate in activism in a way that does minimal harm. What do you think? Is there a place for activism in anthropology? 

Next, Joe discusses the COP26 Conference held in Glasgow recently. He asks questions about activism and specifically addresses the foreign minister of Tuvalu’s address to the summit. Joe breaks down how it is that people become “humanitarian victims”  which leads to discussions around refugees and worthiness. What do you think? How do you think people should respond to crises such as climate change or asylum seeking? 

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Links and Citations 

If you wanted to learn more about Kathryn’s research, check out her work here: 


If you were interested in seeing the address by the Foreign Minister of Tuvalu: 

Music by Pete Dabro: dabro1.bandcamp.com
Shownotes by Matthew Phung
Podcast edited by Joe Clifford & Matthew Phung
Feature image “cop26, glasgow” by Mckee, Francis (2021)

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