“But why anthropology?”. I was asked the question shortly before finishing my doctoral thesis. It is rather uncommon to refer to so many anthropological studies in a thesis that is not based on ethnography and is, in addition to this, written within the field of child welfare social work. In social work, it is more common to refer to sociologists, psychologists, and political scientists. So why anthropology?
I not only use creative expressions that help me in my writing or to communicate the message of my texts. I have also experimented with a small project that I call Academia-Art (2019-2020) which is visible below. It raises questions about the reuse of knowledge and has also helped me to express challenging experiences in academia. Below, I describe this in Swedish, the language of my academic contexts.
Before I got my doctor’s degree (PhD), different circumstances forced me to choose sooner rather than later a more independent path. This new path was a very helpful reminder of why I first wanted to become a researcher. This post is about writing as an independent scholar in 2020 and 2021.
How it all started
I am not quite sure when I got the idea first. I do remember though thinking about what makes you choose the path of independence on the day I met Sara Ahmed.