Current research: Julia is doing a PhD in the field of medical anthropology, exploring the experiences of ‘self’ and ‘health’ for people undertaking and overseeing clozapine treatment for chronic schizophrenia in Australia and the UK.
Why anthropology? Having worked in public health policy, her interest in health inequities as they are lived and perceived by both highly vulnerable and less vulnerable people led her to pursue ethnographic research. As for what first sparked her anthropological thinking, it was Mary Douglas’ attention to social binaries and contradictions, which opened up for her a space of analysis less considered by cognitive, psychological or macro-sociological paradigms (Julia also holds a BSc (Psychology) and majored in sociology as well as anthropology for her BA). She is drawn to everyday nuances and now has a particular appetite for phenomenological explications.
TFS: Julia is co-editor and regular contributor to The Familiar Strange blog, and regular contributor to the podcast. She also manages our website content.