0405 271 757 montybadami@gmail.com

Anthropologist

My professional academic journey began when I started my PhD in 2006. I had the opportunity to conduct some sustained ethnographic research amongst the Paniya of Wayanad, a marginalised indigenous ethnic group in the South Indian state of Kerala, who were slaves until the latter part of the 20th century.

By going back and forth to India over a period of three years, I learned a lot about the importance of spirit possession, music/song, funeral rites and black magic healing rituals for the Paniya.

I am particularly interested in how the Paniya engage with policies of public health, development practice, environmental/resource management, native title, globalisation and governance. In essence, I explore the ways in which the Paniya attempt to maintain a sense of place, identity and well-being in a world where every body else keeps trying to tell them how to live and who to be.

I have taught at the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University and the University of Wollongong. The subjects I have taught include:

  • Human Evolution and Diversity (2010, 2012, 2014, 2017)
  • Introduction to Anthropology: Identity and Difference (2009, 2012)
  • Culture, Myth and Symbolism: Affect and Meaning (2006, 2017)
  • Culture Health and Sexuality in Developing Countries (2011, 2013)
  • Doing Ethnography (2012, 2014, 2017)
  • Methodology in Local and Community Studies (2013, 2014, 2017)
  • Research Methods in Anthropology (2013, 2014, 2017)      
  • The Anthropology of Politics and Power (2013)
  • The Anthropology of Religion (2017)
  • Teaching for Change (2016, 2017)
  • Social Justice in a World of Inequality (2016)
  • Becoming a Sociologist: Interdisciplinary Competencies (2015)
  • Research Methods in Sociology and Cultural Studies (2015)
  • Sociology of Teaching (2015, 2017)
  • Healing and Culture (2012)
  • Illness and Healing (2014)
  • India: Power and Performance (2012)