Hello! I am a twenty-something living in Toronto, interested in understanding the socio-economic and political circumstances that have informed – if not undermined – the cultural milieu we find ourselves in. Whether the issue is women’s representation in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” or consumerist ideology after the economic crisis this blog will showcase an anthropological approach to some of the lived experiences that represent the cultural stakes of contemporary political developments.
I am approaching these issues through an honours Bachelor degree in Psychology and Anthropology, and a Masters degree in Sociocultural Anthropology. Thinking through and beyond these degrees, I hope this blog promotes transdisciplinary discussion. On the side I play cello, study Arabic and read lots of Tolkien.
This blog is an attempt to extend the aspect of graduate school which I enjoyed the most – the engaging discussions (both on the page and off, in seminars and more informal settings). I welcome comments, ideas, differing perspectives, and criticism from everyone.
I’m interested in exploring culture, politics, the effects of the Recession, capitalism and neoliberalism, issues affecting millennials, indigenous peoples’ rights in Canada, women’s rights and feminism, the intersections of religion and politics, world events and how they are seen and interpreted here (especially from the Middle East, which is the region my MA focused on), and the often problematic narratives we hear through corporate news media.
The title of this blog is influenced by Marc Augé’s book Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (1995). In it he argues that we are experiencing “supermodernity” or “hypermodernity” in which more and more spaces around us do not hold enough significance to be regarded as what he calls “places” (i.e. with specific histories, cultural meanings, and affect attached to them) but are rather meaningless spaces of transience which are the same everywhere and lack uniqueness (such as airports, highways, or corporate supermarkets). I wish to counteract this phenomenon in my own small corner of the world, by infusing the places I find myself in with as much meaning, individuality and significance as I can.