Susan Wardell

Dr. Susan Wardell is from Dunedin, New Zealand. She is a lecturer in Social Anthropology, at the University of Otago, and a mother of two small children. Susan is the author of an academic book and a number of articles and blogs, on topics such as culture, disability, religion, mental health, suffering, and social media. She also publishes poetry and essays - winning second place in the 2018 Landfall essay competition, and first place in the 2019 Maxim Institute essay competition.

Books
May 31, 2021
A collage of characters from books, including the Mad Hatter, Willy Wonka, Sherlock Holmes and Anne of Green Gables.

Diagnosing Anne: Now that I finally see ADHD in myself, I see it in books, too

A diagnosis can force you to re-read your life – and your favourite books.

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Books
Apr 30, 2021
The covers of books Common Ground and Karl Maughan

Companion planting: the art and history of gardening

Two wildly different books about gardens.

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Society
Feb 22, 2021

The politics of memory, on the anniversary of tragedy

What can be said to truly sum up the loss and trauma of Christchurch's two distinct tragedies?

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Books
Jan 6, 2021

A review of The Overstory, a knockout novel that speaks for the trees

How should we live – and find hope – in the Anthropocene?

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Society
Sep 16, 2020

The uncomfortable truth about medical crowdfunding in New Zealand

New research into online crowdfunding for healthcare reveals some worrying trends around which campaigns are deemed 'worthy'.

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Books
Apr 9, 2020

A review of The Overstory, a knockout novel that speaks for the trees

How should we live – and find hope – in the Anthropocene?

Read on.

Books
Nov 14, 2019

Growing up is hard to do: Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth, reviewed

Dr Susan Wardell, a His Dark Materials fan who grew up to be a social anthropologist, reviews the much-anticipated sort-of sequel, The Secret Commonwealth.

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