Author: theoctoberanthropologist@gmail.com

Presentation at Embros, Squatted Theatre and Cultural Centre, Athens June 2014

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  • On September 2, 2014
For my summer holiday, I went to Greece this year, spending one week in Athens with a few heavenly days swimming and relaxing on an island. Athens is a fascinating city and I decided to re-connect with people who I met at the Athens Biennale. I was particularly interested in meeting with people from Embros, a […]

Circumventing Guilt: A compressed overview of 5 months of activities

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  • On May 8, 2014
Its early May and I haven’t blogged since the beginning of the year. The good news is that I’ve been so busy with various projects – commercial, academic, and artistic– that I haven’t had time. The bad news is that I feel choked with guilt when I neglect my blog. Part of the reason for […]

Athens Biennale November 2013

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  • On January 10, 2014
In November, I was  in Athens for a few days to give two lectures at the Athens Biennale  . Biennales or Biennials as they are called in English, are contemporary international art exhibitions/events that take place in cities around the world. They last for a few months and are chock full of lectures, performances, discussions, […]

Digital Ethnographic Mapping

  • Posted by theoctoberanthropologist@gmail.com
  • On January 3, 2014
I am currently working with a public sector client to develop a communication strategy for the stakeholders (charities, public service providers, community groups) in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the UK. For most private and public sector organizations, social media has become the default mode of communicating with the public. However, the stakeholders in […]

Report on Learning from Kilburn #1: Course on Observational Skills October 2013

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  • On October 28, 2013
I just taught a workshop on observational skills for the program, Learning from Kilburn, a tiny experimental university program that is currently happening weekly along various spaces on Kilburn High Road, from October 2013 until March 2014 . The program is initiated and directed by Spacemakers. The project’s brief is to teach a set of […]

Presentation at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, Lower East Side, New York City (oh yeah!), October 2013

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  • On October 12, 2013
One of the highlights of my recent New York reconnection tour was presenting at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS). Amy Starecheski, a fellow Sqekker who is finishing her PhD in Anthropology at CUNY Grad Center on squatters in New York, connected me to MoRUS. Thank you, Amy! I had no idea what to expect […]

Book proposal update!

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  • On October 12, 2013
I’m fully into the process of the book proposal. I submitted it to a publisher on September 11th–an ominous date for a New Yorker who has lived in Chile. Amazingly, I received an enthusiastic response from the editors the day after submission. I was glowing with happiness because I expected to hear back in about […]

Random thoughts on Muslim feminist art

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  • On September 4, 2013
I recently attended a fundraiser for the Muslim feminist zine Oomk, who are fellow tenants at South Kilburn Studios.  The party was for women only and everyone wore handcrafted masks, which were beautiful and feminine. Except for myself, who wore a random Dr. Who cyberman mask, which was plastic, adolescent, masculinist and mass produced. Unexpectedly, […]

Book proposal drafted!

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  • On September 3, 2013
I’ve finally written a draft of the book proposal to publish the phd as a living, breathing, entity.  Its been about 3 years since I submitted the phd and I’m not sure if I’m early or late.  Are there people who actually immediately start getting cracking on their proposals after they’ve submitted? I can’t even […]

Summer neglect and update

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  • On September 3, 2013
I’ve neglected blogging during the summer and I’m not sure why. Maybe its the weather? Its been amazingly sunny and beautiful here in London, which has been simultaneously  pleasurable and disconcerting. In my mind’s eye, London is always the dark, ominous background to my various activities. It confuses me when I’m sitting at a cafe with […]