This week we welcome globe-trotting, discipline-hopping @thylacinereport to the account. Aadita is working on the factors at work in the collection of forensic evidence after conflicts have ended. Her work is founded on the principle of "No empathy without curiosity, and no curiosity without empathy" and she sees collaboration as key to academic rigour so she's always on the look out for people from across the disciplines, and from both inside and outside of academia, to work with. You can find out more about Aadita and her work on her website.
My research interests are broadly surrounding the anthropology and philosophy of biology and the ecological sciences, cartography, postcolonial and feminist STS, and environmental and medical humanities. I have a background in chemical engineering and environmental cultural studies and have conducted research on the significance of patient narratives in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. I have worked in mining consulting for projects in Saskatchewan, Panama and Turkey and interned at the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris, France. I served as a science writer and editor for Technology and Engineering of the Canadian science communication platform Science Borealis.
My core research interests for my PhD project is the politics and sociology of forensic-evidence gathering in post-conflict contexts. I have always been really interested in criminal forensics and its legal implications, and the historiography of mass human casualty. My first exposure to the nexus of these two interests came when I was twenty, while visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields just in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. While my professional trajectory at the time took me away from this almost immediately, I revisited these interests personally whenever I had the time. I am especially interested in the use of affect and affective interpretations in the gathering and presentation of forensic evidence and the ways and means by which it impacts mourning, closure and justice within and beyond legal contexts.
To see some of my work, see my Academia.edu page.