Megan Moodie is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she specializes in feminist political and legal anthropology and experimental ethnographic writing. Her book We Were Adivasis: Aspiration in an Indian Scheduled Tribe appeared in the South Asia Across the Disciplines series with the University of Chicago Press in 2015, and her scholarly works have been published in American Ethnologist, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. Moodie’s essays on motherhood can be found online at Hip Mama and MUTHA Magazine. She is also the founder and editor/curator of the Margaret Mead Journalism Project, which aims to bring the best of contemporary cultural analysis to a wide readership. She is currently at work on a novel.
An encounter with a famous sculpture by Constantin Brâncuși raises questions about family, nationalism, and belonging; the role and refuge of art; and whether a country can ever recover from authoritarianism.