BA (The University of Sydney)
Ph.D. candidate, Macquarie University
Gillian Bowan is an anthropologist from Sydney in Australia. She completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Sydney and is undertaking a PhD at Macquarie University. She graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts and First Honours in 2008. Her honours research investigated transformations of ‘arranged’ marriage across the South Asian diaspora. The thesis was awarded the Australian Anthropological Society Prize for best honours thesis in 2009. Gillian’s current research focuses on the idea of an emerging ‘youth culture’ in neoliberal India.
Gillian Bowan is an anthropologist from Sydney in Australia. She carried out twelve months of fieldwork in Bangalore, India, where she conducted fieldwork on a system of boarding houses in Indian cities called 'paying guest accommodation' that house single working women and college students. She interested in ethnographic market research and applying ethnographic methods outside the social sciences. She can eat with her hands, quote Shah Ruhk Khan and drape her own saree.
"Oota aitha?" Eating culture in South India
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