It’s the beginning of a new semester and life is busy as always. My name is Cheryl and I am a first year doctoral student in Anthropology at Carleton University.
I finally figured out my course schedule this week. It looks like I will be taking the two required ANTH 6000 and ANTH 6002 as well as a Tutorial and one elective which is ANTH 5807 Culture and Symbols.
I’m still finishing up on a paper from last semester due to the two trips to BC I had to take due to my father’s ill health. So I feel behind before the semester has even started! Claudio Aporta has taken over as the professor for the ANTH 6000 Doctoral Seminar and we were to submit to him a list of our proposed articles. He suggested I focus on identity and I had a bit of a time figuring out exactly what I would propose for theory. What I ended up proposing was Bourdieu, Rosaldo, Spivak, and Smith (Linda). My theoretical approach is culture, identity, postcolonial, and social/cultural and symbolic capital. Am I supposed to have only one? I feel like that is so many but who knows.
Anyway so the point of this blog is to begin a fieldwork journal of my experience during the PhD and also to begin to put together documents and thoughts for my research portfolio. I have to get back to a paper that I’m writing on Determinants for Social Capital of the Urban Aboriginal Community or something like that.