What Diversity Feels Like: the affective dimensions of diversity work at the university, By Mason Lorch (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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What Diversity Feels Like: the affective dimensions of diversity work at the university, By Mason Lorch (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This final paper was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.”             Near the end of term I was talking to my mother on Zoom about my ethnographic data, hoping that by talking out loud to someone, I would work out how to write about … Continue reading

Gendered Spaces at the Gym: Do Open Gyms Serve As a Safe Space, and for Whom, By Lidiia Tulenkova (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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Gendered Spaces at the Gym: Do Open Gyms Serve As a Safe Space, and for Whom, By Lidiia Tulenkova (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This final paper was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” Introduction  I am participating in a pre-COVID Zumba class in Hart House. There is a huge well-lit space, packed with people of different genders working out together while standing in long lines of ten … Continue reading

Being Evaluated, By Yuyang Yuan (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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Being Evaluated, By Yuyang Yuan (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This final paper was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” When we talk about “diversity issues”, the first thing that comes up would be the diversity of social groups, characterized by gender, race, belief, culture, language, etc. Diversity issues appear when some groups are … Continue reading

Diverse Dining: Who is Campus Food Catering For? By Isabella Gillard (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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Diverse Dining: Who is Campus Food Catering For? By Isabella Gillard (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This final paper was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” When I first walked into the Audrey Taylor dining hall at New College the cluttered layout felt overwhelming. There was no designated route and students can enter from Wetmore or Wilson Hall depending on … Continue reading

Good Students and Outsiders: Belonging at the University of Toronto, By Maya Banerjee (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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Good Students and Outsiders: Belonging at the University of Toronto, By Maya Banerjee (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This final paper was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” Introduction In early October a notification popped up on my phone screen; my midterm grade for a sociology course had been posted. Nervous but optimistic, I opened Quercus. Immediately, my heart sank. I scored … Continue reading

Inside the Library: Invisible, Silent, Fixated, By Fatemeh Khavaninzadeh (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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Inside the Library: Invisible, Silent, Fixated, By Fatemeh Khavaninzadeh (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This final paper was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” Rows and rows full of books. Table after table full of people. A place stretched against time, spanning from the most fathomable past to the most unfathomable futures. A place where the loudest revolutions … Continue reading

The Modular U of T Student and the “Others”, By Katerina Richard (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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The Modular U of T Student and the “Others”, By Katerina Richard (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This blog post was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” It was originally posted in the category “Confronting Walls and Normalizing Practices.” In class brainstorming we conceptualized the modular student as the student whose qualities characterize the ideal student body. The University mobilizes this … Continue reading

“Toxic Culture” and the “Try Hard”, By Maya Banerjee (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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“Toxic Culture” and the “Try Hard”, By Maya Banerjee (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This blog post was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” It was originally posted in the category “Confronting Walls and Normalizing Practices.” The phrase “toxic culture” is a familiar one to most University of Toronto students, one that is thrown around in casual conversations, … Continue reading

Affects in Anthropology, By Mason Lorch (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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Affects in Anthropology, By Mason Lorch (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This blog post was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” It was originally posted in the category “Concepts and Methods.” ln this post, I will briefly outline a key theoretical concept that I used extensively in my research: the concept of affect. It is … Continue reading

Observing Closely: Phantom Dialogues in Discussions of Diversity Initiatives, By Mason Lorch (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)
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Observing Closely: Phantom Dialogues in Discussions of Diversity Initiatives, By Mason Lorch (Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity)

This blog post was part of the coursework for the Ethnographic Practicum course, “Ethnography of the University 2021: Focus on Diversity.” It was originally posted in the category “Concepts and Methods.” As part of my preliminary research into diversity-related happenings at UofT, I watched a video released by the Rotman School to commemorate the introduction … Continue reading