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The Familiar Strange

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The Familiar Strange is a podcast about doing anthropology: that is, about listening, looking, trying out, and being with, in pursuit of uncommon knowledge about humans and culture. Find show notes, plus our blog about anthropology's role in the world, at https://www.thefamiliarstrange.com. Twitter: @tfsTweets. FB: facebook.com/thefamiliarstrange. Instagram: @thefamiliarstrange.

Brought to you by your familiar strangers: Ian Pollock, Jodie-Lee Trembath, Julia Brown, Simon Theobald, Kylie Wong Dolan; produced by Deanna Catto and Matthew Phung, and with support from the Australian Anthropological Society, the Australian National University’s Schools of Culture, History and Language and Archeology and Anthropology, and the Australian Centre for Public Awareness of Science, and produced in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association.

We acknowledge and celebrate the first Australians on whose traditional lands we record this podcast, and pay our respects to the elders of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, past, present, and emerging.

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#50 An Anthropology of Universities: Jodie Trembath on Selling Academia
This episode, Kylie interviews a very familiar guest ... Dr Jodie-Lee Trembath (aka Jodie from TFS)! Now, Jodie's no stranger to qualifications, but this year she completed her PhD - which is a MAMMOTH achievement - so we thought it was about time to pick her brain to understand more about universities and fieldwork. They start off by discussing Jodie's research in Vietnam, about 'authenticity' and the perpetuation of an authentic image, about the navigation of being both an 'insider' and an 'outsider' in the field, and finally they talk about us - that is, The Familiar Strange project. This is also Kylie's first interview on TFS! "Is this food authentic? Well, that depends on whether YOU think that authentic food needs to be from a particular place, whether it needs to have a particular flavour, have specific ingredients that come from a particular place? If you don't think all of those things are necessary for authenticity, then you might think that a particular food is perfectly authentic, and vice versa." The full shownotes with all quotes, links and citations can be found at thefamiliarstrange.com This anthropology podcast is supported by the Australian Anthropological Society, the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific and College of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, and is produced in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association. Music by Pete Dabro: dabro1.bandcamp.com Shownotes by Deanna Catto Podcast edited by Matthew Phung and Kylie Wong Dolan
Faire une anthropologie multilingue, avec Monica Heller et Émilie Urbain: TFS in French
Monica Heller est professeure en anthropologie linguistique à l’Université de Toronto (Canada). Émilie Urbain est professeure adjointe de linguistique au département de français de l’Université Carleton. Elles sont bilingues (français/anglais). Elles ont grandi et travaillent dans des zones périphériques des marchés linguistiques dominants de production du savoir anthropologique que sont les États-Unis et la France (le Canada francophone – aussi bien le Québec que l’Ontario et l’Acadie; la Belgique, la Louisiane). Leur discipline est périphérique et floue: l’anthropologie linguistique n’existe qu’en Amérique de Nord, dans un rapport difficile avec l’anthropologie socioculturelle. Ailleurs ça s’appelle la sociolinguistique; complètement évacuée de l’anthropologie, elle existe dans un rapport difficile avec les sciences du langage. Leur conversation examine les différents aspects de ce point de vue des marges. Every so often, The Familiar Strange will bring you bonus episodes in languages other than English. In today's episode, Monica Heller, professor of linguistic anthropology at the University of Toronto, and Émilie Urbain, assistant professor of French at Carleton University, discuss the work of building knowledge across national, linguistic, and disciplinary boundaries. This podcast was recorded at the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, California, on November 14, 2018. CITATIONS Basque, Maurice (2008) "Minorités de langue officielle: Réflexions personnelles." Canadian Issues, , 20. Frenette, Yves (1998) Brève histoire des Canadiens français Montréal, Éditions du Boréal. Heller, M and B McElhinny (2017) Language, Colonialism, Capitalism: Toward a Critical History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press Heller, Monica (2011) Paths to Post-nationalism: A Critical Ethnography of Language and Identity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Project website: http://www.uncanadienerrant.ca/" Urbain, Émilie (2016), « Towards a “Bilingual American Citizen”: language ideologies, citizenship and race in 19th Century French Louisiana », Language and Communication, 51: 17-29. This anthropology podcast is supported by the Australian Anthropological Society, the schools of Culture, History, and Language and Archaeology and Anthropology at Australian National University, and the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, and is produced in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association.
#49: Intolerable Ads, Introvert Anthros, Irrevocable Ties & Indigenous Symbols: This Month on TFS
This month, Kylie [0:50] kicks off our conversation by reflecting on our blog about racism in sport and asks us about the ethics of ad targeting on social media. This comes after we decided to try boosting the blog post through a paid Facebook advertisement, since we felt this was a topic that needed to be discussed in the broader community. “What happened when we did that was a number of people commented on the blog, [but] they continued with all the racist narratives that the blog was trying to negate” – effectively normalising these kinds of comments. Since we are still digesting this situation, we are left asking many questions: given our founding goals at The Familiar Strange to engage in a public anthropology, should we be pushing into audiences that result in uncomfortable conversations? Should we really expect people to read our content if they find it through advertisements rather than organically, or when they know their values are different to ours at TFS? Next, we move onto Jodie [6:15] who’s been thinking about a comment we received on our website that was along the lines of "it would be great to hear more about introverted anthropologists". Jodie mentioned her own experiences in this situation, where she needed to find strategies during her fieldwork to recharge and give herself 'space' from her research. Alex suggests being realistic about yourself and the circumstances under which you are doing research. Simon reminds us that fieldwork IS tough – regardless of whether you are introverted or extraverted – and that getting to the “hanging out” stage of fieldwork takes time to reach, but there are some strategies we can implement to help us cope during these tough times. What coping mechanisms work for you? Simon [11:49] then draws us to Kurdistan, which has been given a lot of attention recently following the American withdrawal from the region and the political ramifications of this decision. Simon asks us to think anthropologically about what happens when relationships, like this one, are torn apart, what is the nature of social change that goes on and what are the end results of such a sudden split? Jodie shares “I think that the relations that have been entangled in a context like that are so much more than just human to human relations; there are ideas that have gotten tangled up that kind of require the relationship space in order to be kept alive … it’s a really complex web, it’s not just, you know, you remove the bodies from the space and then it’s all over and done with." Lastly, Alex [16:00] ends our conversation by looking at a different political situation: the mass protests in Ecuador, where Indigenous people are being used on a very symbolic way, as defenders of the country (at least this is the case on social media and as depicted in news articles). Alex asks: what does it mean for a people, particularly an Indigenous group, to become symbolic leaders of a movement, where often throughout history they have been delegated to the periphery? Links and citations can be found at thefamiliarstrange.com This anthropology podcast is supported by the Australian Anthropological Society, the ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific and College of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, and is produced in collaboration with the American Anthropological Association. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date on our new content. You can head over to our Facebook group The Familiar Strange Chats and tell us what you thought of the episode, the topics discussed, and ask any questions you have – we’d love to keep talking strange with you! Finally, if you’d like to help support TFS further, check out our Patreon page – every donation helps us to keep The Familiar Strange going. Music by Pete Dabro: dabro1.bandcamp.com Shownotes by Deanna Catto Podcast edited by Matthew Phung and Kylie Wong Dolan
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Started
Nov 16th, 2017
Latest Episode
Nov 10th, 2019
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No. of Episodes
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32 minutes
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