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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.Read more

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Ep #85 Photography Through An Ethnographer’s Lens: Image Making with Jason De León

Nov 28 • 43:52
This week Carolyn sits down with Jason De León, anthropologist, photographer and author. He is currently the director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) and his research interests revolve around violence, materiality, Latin American migration, photoethnography, forensic science, and archaeology of the contemporary.

Throughout this conversation, Carolyn asks questi...

Ep #84 Activist Anthropology & Becoming Humanitarian Victims: This month on TFS

Nov 14 • 23:04
This week the strangers are joined by Kathryn Allan! Kathryn is currently completing her PhD at the school of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on stateless persons, refugees, and asylum seekers. She is also regional president of Amnesty international of NSW and ACT. Welcome Kathryn!

In this episode, Kathryn kicks us o...

Ep #83 Parasocial relationships & Strangers: Dr Ian Pollock on the Origin of The Familiar Strange

Oct 31 • 39:04
Matt’s back this week with an interview with one of the original Familiar Strangers Dr Ian Pollock.

Ian discusses the origins of the Familiar Strange, why it started and whether it helped or hindered his PhD. Matt discusses his involvement in the early days of TFS and what it contributed to his education as a communicator. Ian and Matt then discuss the future of public an...

Ep #82 Pork Barreling Pollies & Learning How to be Social Again: This Month on TFS

Oct 17 • 20:03
This month we dive into the recent political scandals in Australian politics. Familiar Stranger Alex gives us a brief overview of the current scandal involving former New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian. He asks the strangers to consider what the relationship is between the states and their respective constituents. What do you think? Is pork barreling that big of a ...

EP#81 Lifeworlds & Studying Aoetorea: Susanna Trnka on Traversing Multiple Lifeworlds & Publics

Oct 4 • 46:17
For this episode, Joe sits down with Susanna Trnka from the Anthropology department at the University of Auckland. Susanna is an associate professor in the anthropology department at the University of Auckland. Susanna received her PhD from Princeton before moving to Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2003. Her research has been undertaken in Fiji, the Czech Republic, and Aotearoa/N...

EP# 80 Reborn Dolls & The Use of Social Sciences: This Month on TFS

Sep 19 • 22:58
This week we’re diving into the world of Reborn dolls and celebrating Social Sciences week!
Familiar Stranger Carolyn kicks us off by giving us an introduction into the world of reborn dolls, or dolls that have been “reborn” to mimic human babies. The familiar strangers ask about the uncanny valley, the various uses for treatment and where the judgement of these reborn dol...

Ep# 79 A Journey to the West: Nicholas Ng on the Music of the Teochew Diaspora in Western Sydney

Sep 5 • 38:14
This week is familiar stranger Jarrod’s first interview!

For this episode, Jarrod sits down with Dr Nicholas Ng from Western Sydney Uni’s Institute for Culture and Society. Dr Ng is a person of many hats, from co-directing the Sydney Conservatorium's very first 30-piece Chinese Music Ensemble to composing works for the likes of QL2 and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Jar...

Ep #78 Alternative Healing Practises & The Social Status of Shopping Centres: This Month on TFS

Aug 22 • 23:47
This week we’d like to introduce you to our newest Familiar Stranger, Ruonan Chen! Ruonan is currently doing her fieldwork around hospitals and healing practises in the Tibet autonomous region. In this episode, the strangers dive into Ruonan’s work and learn more about how “healing” can take on many different forms. Ruonan describes her work and details a run in with a pa...

Special Episode: Caroline Schuster, Sarah Abel & Catherine Frieman on The Archaeology of F*****g

Aug 8 • 01:01:33
Before we dive into today’s episode we’d just like to add a content warning for this episode for mentions of slavery and sexual assault

This week, we’re bringing you an extra special interview/panel.
Familiar stranger Alex Zoomed in with Dr Caroline Schuster, Dr Sarah Abel and Dr Catherine Frieman to take a deeper dive into the dark side of genetic testing and what it means ...

Ep #77 Mutual Assistance & The “Value” of the Olympics: This Month on TFS

Jul 25 • 22:35
And we’re back!

This week we’d like to introduce our newest Familiar Stranger, Joe Clifford. Joe has just completed his Masters in Development Studies from the University of Auckland!

To kick off his first panel, Joe discusses his research into the concept of Gotong Royong or mutual assistance in Indonesia. The rest of the Strangers weigh in on the place of these mutual as...

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