Poetic Gestures of Life

  • Monika Abels
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


This chapter is an exploration of how personal life and family history interact with the experiences of being a visiting student and researcher in a foreign place. The author describes the role of writing poetry and being educated on her family background through stories. She uses her own experience of becoming a mother as a frame for the chapter and discusses her experiences in urban and rural Gujarat, India, where she has spent extensive amounts of time researching families with infants and small children. Some of these experiences that changed her life are described in detail and illustrated through poems written during this time. She concludes by reflecting how her own motherhood enables her see new connections to her research participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monika Abels
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  1. 1.Tilburg center for Cognition and CommunicationTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for OrnithologySeewiesenGermany

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