Life…

… has been a hectic blur in the past couple of months.

Creative Colosoul
Copyediting for the coping issue of Colosoul has been completed! I’ve had tremendous fun vetting through a wide variety of articles covering aspects including underground eateries waiting to be discovered, not-so-touristy (aka apparently ‘authentic’) adventures of a life time, and budding local musicians and artists making Perth proud. I feel infinitely blessed to be able to contribute to this project, and can’t wait to meet these writers at the next Group Inc meeting!

Terrific Trove
I’m enjoying my work with Trove, and the superb work this semester’s undergraduate editing team has been doing thus far. We received a record-breaking 45 submissions, half of which were interstate and international submissions. Siobhan Hodge (our associate project officer, harajuku princess, and amazing poet) and I are exceedingly pleased with the quantity and quality of work for this issue, and cannot wait to send out acceptance letters this coming week! AlthoughTrove aims to be as inclusive as possible to showcase the work of budding creative artists, this shortlist was an especially difficult decision. Lethargy aside, we’re both excited to launch Volume 3, Issue 2 by the end of this year. We’ve also drafted a rather ambitious timeline for 2013 that we’ve already started working on. If all goes well, we look forward to one or two themed Special Editions next year :)

Lovely Limina
I’ve recently put my hand up to review Romit Dasgupta‘s Re-reading the Salaryman in Japan: Crafting Masculinities. I read ‘Gender and Sexuality in Japan’ taught by Romit when he was visiting the National University of Singapore (NUS) during my undergraduate years, and continue to be fascinated by his work on masculinities in Japanese work culture. He is one of the most accessible academics I know and I am comforted to have a familiar face from ‘home’ around campus. PS: His book has a really kick-ass cover that you wouldn’t miss. The Special Ed issue on ‘Collaboration’ that I’ve been organizing will soon be on its way to peer review. Dear academics, please be kind and accept our requests to review some really amazing work from postgrads in Australia?

Adventurous ANSA
I survived the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS) Conference! It was my noob induction into the world of anthropological meetings, intellectual lunch conversations, making myself memorable in five minutes or less, and modifying my Singaporean accent for an Australian crowd (to be honest, I’ve never noticed there were so many variants of the Australian accent). And also, really bad academic/anthropological jokes. And really intense corridor conversations:

“How are you?”
“I’ve been well.”
“Oh, what’s ‘well’ mean?”
*begin extended contestation of the definitions of human ‘wellness’ and ‘being’.
The nerd in me enjoyed it though. I was so ecstatic learning about the work of fellow digital anthropologists. I also discovered how ignorant I was of Australian Anthropology. Back in NUS, we dabbled in the histories of British and American Sociology and Anthropology, and explored the East Asian context sparingly. (By the way, none of the universities in Singapore offer Anthropology as a major. In NUS, the closest units we had to Anthropology were ‘Reading Ethnographies’ and ‘Urban Anthropology’, both nestled under Sociology. Dear educational board of Singapore, why?) After a year-and-the-half in Perth, I now find the need for a crash course in Australian Academia. Time to pick on the brains of my fellow postgrads (speaking of which, half are Internationals. Hmm).
In other news, I need to expand my vocabulary of positive adjectives beginning with ‘T’, ‘L’, ‘A’, and ‘C’.
PS: Lauren Hollier from the School of Psychology has clinched runner-up at the Trans-Tasman 3MT yesterday! UWA is so proud of you!
PPS: Only two more ANTH1002 tutorials left to go. I might be slightly devastated.

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