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Nostalgia for a field Christmas

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:35:19 +0000

It’s the first time I’ve been away from Christmas in Trinidad since I started fieldwork there in 2011 (oh wait, I was home briefly in 2013). December to February is about the slowest three months of the year for working in Trinidad in the lead up to Christmas and the lead up to Carnival, but […]


Dr Jolynna Sinanan

Jolynna Sinanan


Research Fellow
Dept of Anthropology
Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences
University College London

Joined UCL:
January 2011

My current research is on how people use social media in their everyday lives and my fieldwork has been based in a small town in Trinidad, where I have lived for 15 months across four years. Previously, I have looked at the impact of webcams on transnational and other relationships and blogging in Singapore. 

Global Social Media Impact Study (ERC Project 2011-AdG-295486 Social Network Sites and Social Media) 

Miller, Daniel and Jolynna Sinanan (2014) Webcam. Cambridge: Polity.

Award Year Qualification Institution
2004 BA Honours Australian National University
2013 PhD Arts University of Melbourne

I completed my PhD in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne, where I examined the nature of engagement with development by 'beneficiaries', drawing on different case studies of government officials, clients of microfinance and women who lived with shelters for victims of trafficking, domestic and other abuses.

European Research CouncilEuropean UnionUCL Department of Anthropology

Grant number: ERC Project 2011-AdG-295486 SocNet
Project title: Social Network Sites and Social Science