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Jaume Bofill, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Autonomous University of Barcelona
English, Español, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, 中文
Hey, I'm Julia!
San Francisco, California, United States · Member since February 2012

I am a curious anthropologist, always wanting to learn from other people and cultures... Always ready to travel, especially, down for an adventure if I am given the chance... I prefer living in different places for a while, is the best way to really get to know people and make real friends... I have been very fortunate with the people I found in my way!

I love being dynamically connected to the people and the world through creative undertakings and social interaction.... I am an extrovert who loves engaging in thought-provoking conversations and listening to the stories that other people have to tell...

I like to challenge my own beliefs..

My last year has been completely focused on my PhD. I have been living in Rome while writing the dissertation.

Before, I spent more than two years doing fieldwork in China on the circulation of children in and from China, or the many ways that children are "ascribed" between households, families and welfare institutions: from informal adoptions to household labor employment, and from child trafficking to legal national and international adoption. It is the first systematic, in-depth ethnographic analysis of the patterns of circulation (traditional and new), care and lives of children whose families are forced/decide to relinquish, that involves public institutions (state-run orphanages), private institutions and informal networks. The dissertation analyzes the ways these three systems compete or cooperate depending on the interests, the conceptions of the agents implicated and the changing value of certain types of children by taking an historical perspective and turning to the cultural roots of all these practices. In addition, it focuses on the transformations brought by the Reform Era and the introduction of the Chinese Transnational Adoption Program that opened the doorway of international actors, material and emotional resources, perceptions and transnational practices. Besides, it focuses on how the Transnational Adoption Program developed through the years between Spain and China.

When I am not working on this, I love spending time with my friends, being outside in the nature (I love the mountains and sea), visiting new places and enjoying relaxing moments with a good book, good wine or a stimulating chat with nice company.

I also love Yoga and Dancing (especially contemporary dance)... Cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing and doing all kind of sports in contact with the nature... I love traveling by bike...

In my sabbatical year I studied photography and now it is one of my passions. Live music is another one of my passions, especially in the summer, when you can go to open air concerts!

I like to cook because I love eating... and when traveling, I like to take home a recipe from someone I meet in each place as a souvenir.

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