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“The Value of Social Media” at the AAA conference

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:53:23 +0000

From the Why We Post Team, Nell Haynes, Tom McDonald, and Daniel Miller attended the American Anthropological Association conference in snowy Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA at the end of November. All participated in a session organized by Heather Horst, and Robert Foster, titled “The Value of Social Media.” The session explored the use and meaning of […]


Dr Nell Haynes

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies
Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile

I am interested in presentation and curation of the self through language and imagery in online social networking, focusing on the Andean region of South America. I am particularly interested in how gender and race are performed aesthetically, and how viewers interpret what they see. As a PhD student at American University, I conducted fieldwork in La Paz, Bolivia, investigating the impacts of globalisation and notions of indigeneity on lucha libre, a Latin American form of exhibition wrestling. Within both of these projects, I pay particular attention to the ways that local identifications and aesthetics merge with and shift globally recognised signifiers in order to create new modes of presentation.

2013. Chola in a Choke Hold: Gender, Globalization, and Authenticity in Bolivian Lucha Libre. PhD Dissertation.

2013. Global Cholas: Reworking Tradition and Modernity in Bolivian Lucha Libre. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 18(3).

2011. Pinning Down the Chola: Bolivian Wresting and Social Change. Anthropology News 52(1): 44-45.

2011. Book Review: Heather Levi: The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008. Men and Masculinities 14(4):508-509.

2010. Book Review: Michael A. Messner: It's All For the Kids: Gender, Families, and Youth Sports. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. Gender & Society 24(5):706-709.

Award Year Qualification Institution
2013 PhD Anthropology American University
2010 MA Anthropology American University
2003 BSc Anthropology and Theatre Northwestern University

Nell Haynes is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile. She received her PhD in Anthropology at American University in 2013 with a concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northwestern University in Anthropology and Theatre. Her research addresses themes of performance, authenticity, globalisation, and gendered and ethnic identification in Latin America.

European Research CouncilEuropean UnionUCL Department of Anthropology

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