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Liliana Gil

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I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at The New School. My dissertation – provisionally titled ‘Beyond Make-Do Innovation: An Ethnography of Electronics and Improvisation in Brazil’ – is an empirical analysis of how improvisational abilities and techniques have been thought of, performed, and valued across a number of sites of technological production, from community-oriented innovation hubs in São Paulo to electronics factories in the Amazon. In this research, I analyze popular representations of innovation from the global South, as well as questions of labor and skill acquisition and recognition. This project is based on more than four years of continued research, and it has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, among others. Before coming to The New School, I worked as a researcher in several interdisciplinary projects, and completed an MA in Medical Anthropology at the University of Coimbra and a BA in Anthropology from the New University of Lisbon.