linguistic anthropology; psychoanalysis; life stories, social work, and poverty; ethnogaphic monitoring; narrative structures; Dell Hymes; Erich Fromm
Jenny-Louise Van der Aa is a researcher and teacher whose primary research focuses on the epistemology of poverty in Belgium, The Netherlands and the Caribbean. Refugees' shopping and cooking habits, on-the-street alcoholism and (online) sex work adverts are core foci in this respect. Central to his work is 'ethograpic monitoring' (Hymes 1980), a complex methodology to involve and feed back with field respondents,
He teaches and supervises MA and PhD students on both on- and offline aspects of narrative, performance and the self.
He was also the 2011-2012 Daytal L.. Kendall Library Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, researching the oeuvre of the Dell Hymes.