Hijras: The “Third Gender” of India | Pooja Gandhi

        India is often perceived as a close-minded, intolerant, and traditional environment where unique expressions of identity and self are negatively received. Despite its strong negations towards certain practices, the society’s view on hijras – transgender men to women who identify as a “third gender” – is ambiguous with both positive and…

Social Death, Biological Death, and the Space Between | Emma Neish

        A black gravestone adorned with roses and the words, “I kept my promise” is perhaps one of the more perplexing burial markers to appear in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park. Underneath, lie the remains of Theresa Marie Schiavo- a 41 year old woman whose gravestone lists three dates, December 3rd  1963, February…

Creating a Lens | Srishti Malhotra

        Conducting fieldwork is the most important part of being an anthropologist. If anthropologists didn’t conduct fieldwork and immerse themselves completely in the culture, then they wouldn’t be able to understand the underlying concepts in a culture. My fieldwork is currently being conducted at the Washington Street Center located in Covington, Georgia….