Delfi Chinnappan

    PhD Candidate

    Delfi is a current PhD Candidate at the DMRC and commenced in February 2017. Her current research looks at transgender(hijra) community-based organizations’ use of public pages on Facebook as part of their community-building and representation in India. Her other research interests are digital media and LGBTQI, digital inclusion and activism, and her theoretical interests align with the sub-fields of Digital Anthropology and Anthropology of Communication. She holds an M.Phil and Masters of Arts (Gold Medal) in Anthropology from University of Hyderabad and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology (Honors) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India. She also holds a Post-graduate diploma in Community Media from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.  Previously, she has worked among the fisherfolk community, female train hawkers and the Yanadi tribe of Nellore, India which has gained her some ethnographic experience both in research and publications.

    Thesis title: Hijra Community-Based Organizations’ use of social media in India: Understanding community building and representation through Facebook

    • Principal supervisor: Dr Elija Cassidy
    • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Peta Mitchell