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#BlackInAstro Experiences: Dr. Jarita Holbrook

26 Feb 2021, 13:30 UTC
#BlackInAstro Experiences: Dr. Jarita Holbrook
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It’s Black History Month in the U.S., February 2021! We will be continuing our ongoing series #BlackInAstro this month. For our cornerstone post, see here.
Dr. Jarita Holbrook (Image Credits: Jarita Holbrook)Dr. Jarita Holbrook is an expert on both African Indigenous astronomy and the culture of astronomy itself. These days, they describe themself as more of a social scientist: specifically, they spoke about finding their place in anthropology of science. “I found that anthropologists were very warm and open and that [..] what you embodied was important for anthropology… the fact that I was an African American woman who had traveled around the world that actually had experience living in Africa and living in the Pacific before was all very relevant to my career as an anthropologist going forward. My identity was not left at the door, my previous life experiences were not left at the door, it was integrated into my success as an anthropologist of science.”
Astronomy in CultureCultural astronomy is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the many different ways of perceiving and conceptualizing objects in the sky. It’s a lesser-known branch of astronomy, and Dr. Holbrook couldn’t recall the first time they had become aware of ...

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