About this blog

anthropod is a blog documenting how a cultural anthropologist thinks about research, teaching, and the ways that we live in and shape the world around us. It shows what social and cultural anthropologists do within and beyond a university setting.

anthropod is written by Lorena Gibson, an anthropologist and musician based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research interests include culture and development, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), social justice, gender relations, music, and hope. Her latest project, East Side Orchestras: Music and Social Change, looks at the long-term social impacts of three charitable organisations that provide free orchestral music education programmes in urban Wellington.

Lorena’s Masters research looked at Hip-Hop culture in Aotearoa New Zealand, and for her PhD she worked with small, community-based NGOs running development initiatives in urban bastis and settlements in India and Papua New Guinea. She has also worked as a consultant for various organisations involved in international development in Oceania. Lorena currently teaches in the Cultural Anthropology Programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

4 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Hi, I really like your blog. I am currently turning my research in to a book, and some of the subjects you discuss have been very helpful to me. Any way, just wanted to thank you, and say I look forward to reading more of your work in the future. 🙂

      1. I was lucky to find a couple of people who have experience in writing something like this, or else I doubt I would have ever finished!
        I’m still looking for a couple more people, but that is another story,
        Thanks again 🙂

  2. I just read your brandnew blog on decolonisation. Brilliant! I am currently working with my students in South Africa on these issues, hot and burning under the skin!

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