“I knew I was making myself vulnerable, but I also knew that there was phone reception down there, and there were other people within shouting range, and that I had a weapon if I needed it.” Elizabeth Watt, a post-doctoral researcher at Deakin University, talks with our own Julia Brown about the realities women often … Continue reading Ep. #9 Calculated risk: Elizabeth Watt talks sexual power, politics, and vulnerability in the field
As I now write up my data, I’m representing people that I can no longer consult. I can only draw on the words they gave me and the unspoken elements that I observed. I would like to think that they would approve of anything I write. I know this is not, however, realistic.
“That will be next year’s project”, say many of us. “By then, I’ll be ready for it”, we might add. These kinds of statements also featured in several conversations with my ethnographic participants who had chronic schizophrenia. Similar to chats I could be having with anybody, but also because my fieldsite was in a healthcare setting, … Continue reading Annual Health Check?
"Part of my role in teaching medical students is to peel back the inculturation that they're in, to be able to relate with patients. Remember before you were a med student, what it actually meant to be the person sitting with your dying grandmother...That's something that, as an anthropologist, that's part of my role is … Continue reading Ep. #2 Medical tribes: Tanisha Jowsey talks anthropology in the emergency room and teaching medical students to be human
Can you engage in the present moment and let go of your other concerns while not engaged in a) an activity that demands all your attention (e.g. rock climbing or creative writing), or b) under the influence of any drugs, or c) taking a sick day? Reading this might be a start, but hardly enough … Continue reading Are You Living in Haste?
While sitting in the audience at a live Krista Tippett talk recently, I found myself in strong visceral agreement with words that I hadn't anticipated would arrest me so much. Already a fan of Tippett’s for the ease at which she converses with people about challenging topics, I hadn’t really thought about potential vocational crossovers … Continue reading In Agreement with Krista Tippett
I once went with my mum to have our Auras read. We were living in Malaysia and curious about traditional healing practices. Our individual Chakras revealed some energy blockages. Of course, the sincere beliefs of one person can tap into another’s vulnerability or tendency toward superstition; we walked out with an excessive amount of Tourmaline … Continue reading Just ‘Cause You Feel It, Doesn’t Mean…
There are few human conditions that people fear or misunderstand more than schizophrenia, and it is likely to be the 'uncomfortable' and 'unknown' factors that make most people turn away from it. Unless you have considered the condition philosophically or experienced it directly or through other people, you might, at best, label it as a biological ‘disease’ … Continue reading Is Art the Limit of Embracing the Uncomfortable?
Over time, we learn what to care about and what not to, and who to care about and who not to. Much of this comes down to the social circles in which we move, and wider cultural norms that drive our sense of what we want (from work ideals, material and consumable goods, to relationships). … Continue reading Being the Change
I deluded myself into thinking that Barack Obama had, at the least, embodied an inclusive and affable leadership style. I did not question whether his gregariousness would appeal to everyone. Nor did I realise how many he left behind trying to peddle democratic values in a corrupt system. I am also guilty of romanticising the … Continue reading Me & Anthropology at the Dawn of Trump