Our Final Projects

Aditi, an architect and urbanist, examined how population “displacement” has been operationalized and visualized in various official and grassroots maps of Mumbai.

Alice, a media scholar, used video-based sensory ethnography to capture how post offices serve as social infrastructures.

Ana, an urbanist, studied how walking tours and other forms of public pedagogy can help Paulistano/as understand their city’s subterranean urban waterways.

Aryana, an art critic and anthropologist, created a digital collection to understand how Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani social media celebrity, constructed a fractal identity across various media platforms.

Bettine, a dancer and sociologist, created a field guide to the various sensing and surveillance technologies across The New School’s campus

Elif, a designer and anthropologist, studied how Instagram’s user experience cultivated particular patterns of use.

Erin, an anthropologist, studied how data visualization is used in the global development world and proposed an exhibition that would help development workers better understand dataviz’s epistemological and political functions.

Juliana, an anthropologist, made a podcast about cultures of seed-saving.

Khaled, a sociologist, created a gallery guide for an imaginary exhibition that would examine the “social lives of smell” through olfactory art.

Lyndsey, an anthropologist, studied subcultures of radical, ideologically “disruptive” fashion designers.

Matt, an anthropologist, studied how fashion has been integrated into the art museum and published a review of the Pierre Cardin exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

Meg, a media scholar, studied how various architectural construction materials and eco-imaginaries are coded differently in different cultural contexts to signify “sustainability” and modernity.

Nazneen, a public health researcher, conducted ethnographic research in an immigrant-focused clinic to understand how design — service design, architecture, graphic design — impacted patients’ experiences.

Noga, an industrial designer, created an Instagram gallery of selfies and studied how various types of selfies cultivate particular relationships between people and places.

Peggy created a zine about mycelial cultures that itself adopted a mycelial citational structure.

Rachel studied the history of apartment living — from residential hotels to the micro-apartment.

Raissa, a designer, used her own ethnographic research in the Union Square Farmer’s Market to create a reflexive design booklet to prompt designers to ask more reflexive questions about the “communities” with which they’re designing and the systems in which they’re entangled.

Sandra, a fashion studies student, studied new cultures of men’s shopping.

And Steve, a musician and anthropologist, studied cultures of creativity and authenticity among jazz musicians through collaborative composition and interviews.

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