Anu Lotay is a PhD student at the University of Victoria and Research Director for the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG). Her current PhD research looks at the anthropology of pregnancy loss in the Indian diaspora. Her Master of Arts (’16) research dealt with online social networks, mental health, disclosure and stigma. Mainly, Anu is interested in how people understand their bodies, selves, health and illness, and how they tell their stories. Her passion for this subject is informed by her previous degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Anthropology & English (2013). It is also informed by personal experiences and as a mental wellness advocate she hopes to use this platform as an avenue for destigmatization and self-expression.
Her current research interests include: anthropology of reproduction, the body and medicine/health; Indian diaspora; popular media and representation; social media; online ethnography; public anthropology; person-centered ethnography; autoethnography.
She is also a pop culture junkie, documentary addict, and compulsive tweeter; so, here you can also find musings on culture, social media, academia, productivity, books, feminism, and writing, among other topics.