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AnthroAlert: An Anthropology Podcast

What is an anthropologist? What do anthropologists do? Listen and find out.

AnthroAlert is a podcast recorded live on USF Bulls Radio. Each week we interview an anthropologist to learn more about their work.
2019-5-5

Episode 45: Russell Rice Manzano

Ep. 45

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## Episode 45: Russell Rice Manzano


Originally aired 13 April 2018 on bullsradio.org


This week our guest discusses the topic of her thesis research.


Russell Rice Manzano is a Ph.D. student in Applied Cultural Anthropology at the University of South Florida. She received her M.A. in Anthropology and a certificate in non-profit management at the University of Central Florida. Her M.A. thesis, “Life After the Boat: Understanding the Needs of Refugees in Siracusa,” focused on adult and unaccompanied minor refugees living in Siracusa, Sicily. She earned her B.A. in interdisciplinary cultural studies at the University of Alabama. From 2010-2012 Russell served as an AmeriCorps volunteer working with migrant youth and socioeconomic inequalities in the Apopka community. Her research interests include cultural anthropology, applied anthropology, migration, refugees, non-governmental organizations, advocacy, and Italy.


>The Italian Coast Guard rescues thousands of asylum-seekers each year, and from there they are typically taken to first reception centers where they receive medical care, clothing, and food. Once the Italian government grants asylum-seekers the opportunity to request international protection they are then sent to small second reception centers operated by local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). However, these NGOs are largely unregulated by the state, and little is known about the challenges that migrants and refugees face after their placement in these centers. Based on ethnographic research conducted in 2015 and 2016, I examine the experiences of refugees living at six local second reception centers in Siracusa, Italy. Specifically, I examine the challenges refugees face after arriving to reception and resettlement centers in Siracusa, Sicily. I also explore how local NGOs operate second reception centers, and how their practices shape refugees’ experiences. These practices and experiences are contextualized within larger policies that influence organizations’ approaches to managing aid to refugees. The humanitarian aid system for refugees in Siracusa is not only complicated, but contradictory: informal NGO practices often circumvent the guidelines for national and international refugee policy, and prevalent inefficiencies, shortages, and corruption adversely affect refugees who receive services from second reception centers. This research shows that refugee centers seldom meet the needs of refugees nor facilitate their integration into society. Thus, many refugee centers and NGOs restrict the socioeconomic mobility of refugees and place them in a liminal state where they must wait for legal documents and basic humanitarian aid services. This research contributes to a deeper understanding of the experiences of refugees after they arrive in their host countries and the humanitarian aid organizations that assist refugees.




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Oliver Thompson

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## Intro music credit:


Awel by stefsax

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Urbana-Metronica (wooh-yeah mix) by spinningmerkaba

http://ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/33345

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There's A Better WAY ! by Loveshadow

http://ccmixter.org/files/Loveshadow/34402

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"Jungle Tracking" by pingnews

http://ccmixter.org/files/pingnews/13481

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2019-4-21

Episode 42: Visual Anthropology

Ep. 42

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## Episode 42: Visual Anthropology


Originally aired 30 March 2018 on bullsradio.org


This week we discuss visual anthropology.


Bethany S. Moore is a graduate student in the dual Master’s programme at USF, working towards her MA in Medical Anthropology and MPH in Public Health with a concentration in Social Marketing and Infection Control. Her primary research focus centres on stigma its effect upon access to health care and treatment outcomes. Bethany is currently looking at the health care experience of pregnant women with HIV and at the perceptions that health care workers have regarding pregnant women living with HIV. She is also interested in theatre, art, audio media, and social media platforms as means of reversing stigma and promoting inclusivity. Bethany is a registered nurse specialising in pediatric cardiac critical care and neonatal critical care, and received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Central Florida.


Jaine Danlag is pursuing a Masters in Applied Anthropology and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies at University of South Florida. Her thesis research deals with the process of identifying victims of human trafficking within the criminal justice system and how national narratives influence this process. Her other interests include ethnotheatre, gender violence, studies of care work, human rights, and visual methods. Jaine is a full time advocate with an anti-human trafficking organization within the Tampa Bay area and received her bachelor’s from Eckerd College in Anthropology and East Asian Studies.


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## Album art photo credit:

Oliver Thompson

https://flic.kr/p/9zVPYB


CC License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/


## Intro music credit:


Awel by stefsax

http://ccmixter.org/files/stefsax/7785

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/


Urbana-Metronica (wooh-yeah mix) by spinningmerkaba

http://ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/33345

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


There's A Better WAY ! by Loveshadow

http://ccmixter.org/files/Loveshadow/34402

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


"Jungle Tracking" by pingnews

http://ccmixter.org/files/pingnews/13481

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/