Annie McCarthy is currently a lecturer at the University of Canberra, in Australia. Having completed her PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2016, she has been teaching for several years, first at ANU and now at the University of Canberra. Her research interests have for a long time revolved around India and childhood, which she has approached through a number of disciplinary lenses: history, languages, anthropology, and gender studies. Similarly, her engagement with childhood has drawn on multidisciplinary approaches to explore the way marginalized children negotiate and challenge the institutions that seek to preserve, foster, or establish childhood. Her doctoral thesis, "Under Development: Stories of Children and NGOs in Delhi, India," explored they way a group of slum children aged between 12 and 16 navigate the multiplicities and contradictions of development in NGO-saturated Delhi.
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Sitting down to write my first lecture for an interdisciplinary first-year course I'd been assigned, I stare blankly at its title—Cultures and Diversity—trying ... More