Yifan Wang 王一凡

Areas of Interest: 
politics of aging, reproduction, hygiene, retirement and work, gender and sexuality, affect, space and sound, China

I am a first year PhD student in Anthropology at Rice University. My research primarily concerns the politics of aging as a way of examining the ever so broad notion of life. By emphasizing the politics, I am especially interested in exploring what makes possible the mobilization of the elderly as a category, a population, and a metaphor in policy making, scholarly research, and social discourse.

The current research interest stemmed from my thesis research, with which I obtained an MA in Humanities from Duke University. I looked into the public dance craze in China known as guangchangwu (literally “square-dancing”) among middle-aged women. Before coming to the US, I earned my BA in Journalism from Nanjing University in China, where I found myself particularly drawn to the disjuncture between the grand picture of the time and the uncertainties, im/possibilities and struggles in my interviewees', and ultimately, every living individual’s life—things that invite a more lengthy and detailed dwelling rather than a journalistic tourism. It is the constant battle between being “timely” and “untimely” that brings me to the field of anthropology, I guess.
Yifan Wang 王一凡
Graduate Student