Reona Shinam, a Ph.D. scholar from the Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH), under the supervision of Dr. Alok K. Pandey, participated in the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe, NM on March 26-30, 2024.

The SfAA’s annual meeting was held at the Eldorado Hotel & Spa and the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. This program consists of 261 sessions, including 181 organized sessions (papers, roundtables, and discussions) and 80 volunteered paper sessions, with more than 1280 speakers presenting their research. Reona also participated in two workshops led by the editors of SfAA’s two journals, which concentrate on creating abstracts and publication plans.

Reona presented a Research Paper titled ” Discrimination at Work: Being a Northeastern Migrant in the Food and Beauty Care Industry in Hyderabad ” in the Panel ” Legal Issues in Migration (Migration & Int’l Dialogue TIG) “. Her paper focuses on the migrants from the three Northeast Indian states of Manipur, Nagaland, and Mizoram that work primarily in the food industry and in the beauty industry in Hyderabad.  This ethnographic inquiry is grounded in synthesizing everyday social interaction with the structural aspects of precarity that migrants in Hyderabad encounter at work and in their surroundings. Using an intersectionality approach involving gender and ethnicity combined with a division of labor framework, this paper analyses Hyderabad’s food and beauty sector.

Ms. Shinam received a financial support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation (USA) in the form of a Conference Award to attend and present her research work at SfAA. The award covered her flight ticket cost, ground transportation and board, and lodging expenses. She was one among the three students from India to receive the Wenner- Gren Conference Award.

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