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?
Author: Michael Rose, recently awarded his PhD from ANU. He would be thrilled to hear about any postdoc, writing or teaching opportunities that you might have going. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can check out his latest publication here. Dispatches from a breatharian December One weird Christmas, long before my time at the Australian National University, … Continue reading Inedia with a Grain of Salt
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?