Department of Anthropology
bronwynisaacs [at] fas.harvard.edu
Bronwyn Isaacs is a PhD candidate in social anthropology at Harvard. Before beginning her PhD Bronwyn was researching world food systems and sustainability in various locations in Australia and Thailand. Since embarking on her PhD, Bronwyn has worked on research projects concerning the role of manual labor, creativity and spirituality within the Thai economy. In particular, her research has focused on street food and advertising production. This research has provided the motivation for film projects including a short film offering a glimpse of working life at one of Bangkok’s busiest fresh markets, Khlong Thoei and a short film celebrating the embodied skill of street Takraw ball players. Bronwyn’s long-term ethnographic visit to Bangkok will coincide with the instigation of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Economic Community. These structural changes will provide the context to Bronwyn’s capstone project in which she is intending to make a feature length film that explores how the sensory qualities of attraction and desire can bring people, trade and money into new alignments and into visual and aural contradiction.