Researcher – Geerlings

Geerlings, Lennie MPhil

Lennie Geerlings is a PhD Candidate at KITLV and the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. Her ethnographic study is part of the Mobility and Belonging research cluster, and focuses on the lived experiences of female migrants in Singapore through the embodiment of difference. The research shows how migrant women encounter social processes of inclusion and exclusion that are inscribed, mediated, performed, and contested through bodies.

Lennie graduated with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, and a BSC in Psychology from Leiden University. After migrating to Singapore, she continued her studies with an MPhil in Interdisciplinary Studies at James Cook University for which she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence. Lennie’s previous work engagements are in the public sector, and include lecturing and providing seminars for the undergraduate liberal arts and psychology programs in Singapore.

Lennie’s research interests include the social effects of movements of people and ideas. She previously conducted a critical study of the cross-cultural application of psychology methods among children in Namibia. She also analysed how academic knowledge is constructed as universally applicable in higher education in Singapore, Australia, and the Netherlands. The current PhD research draws attention to the contribution of ‘foreign’ or ‘other’ bodies to social urban space – a topic pertinent to contemporary societies.

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