Welcome! My name is Anu and I’m a PhD student at the University of Victoria. My current research looks at the anthropology of pregnancy loss in the Indian diaspora. My Master of Arts (’16) research dealt with online social networks, mental health, disclosure and stigma. Mainly, I’m interested in how people understand health and illness and how they tell their stories. My passion for this subject is informed by my previous degrees in Psychology (BSc/11) and Anthropology & English (BA/13). It is also informed by my personal experiences, and as a mental health advocate I hope to use this platform as an avenue for destigmatization and self-expression.
Coping with the peculiarities of life and mind while training in academia is a wonderfully weird experience fraught with peaks and valleys, which I document here. To that end, this blog derives its title, “Methods & Madness”, from Hamlet (which is my favorite Shakespearean play). In it, Polonius observes that while he believes Hamlet is mad his behaviour and speech have an order: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in ’t” (Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 195–206). I feel it is an apt analogy for graduate school! In the same vein, the header images depict scenes of order, chaos and multiplicity in my birthplace, India.
All the academic stuff aside, I am also a pop culture junkie, documentary addict, and media connoisseur; so, here you can also find musings on culture, social media, academia, productivity, books, feminism, writing and, of course, anthropology! Thank you for reading.