Lisa Pope Fischer


Office:
» Namm Hall 627 (N-627)


Phone:
» 718.260.5742


E-mail:
» LPopeFischer
   @citytech.cuny.edu


Office Hours:
» Mondays 2:00-3:00
» Tuesdays 1:00-2:00


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Lisa Pope Fischer, Assistant Professor

Education:

Ph.D., Anthropology,University of California at Los Angeles 2001

M.A., Anthropology,University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1991

B.A., Field of concentration: Humanities Field Major (Anthropology, Folklore, Art History, French, French History), University of California at Berkeley 1986

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 1101, 6700 — Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 1102, 6702 — Witchcraft, Magic, & Religion (Formerly Comparative Religion)
  • ANTH 1103, 6704 — Gender, Culture, & Society (Formerly Contemporary Women)
  • SOC 1103, 6886 — The Family
  • SOC 2201, 6986 — Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 3301 — Emerging Globalization

Academic Interests:

Hungary, Post Socialist Society/Impact of societal change, Theories of Time and Space and Gender and Identity.

Research Interests:

My forthcoming book from Brill Publishing, Symbolic Traces of Communist Legacy in Present Day Hungary: Experiences of a generation that lived during the Socialist era, draws on postcolonial theory’s understandings of how past powers can later impact peoples at the margins. My book sheds light on how personal practices of an older working class generation symbolically refurbish elements from the Communist era to fit present-day issues and challenges. Topics include: gift exchange, foodways, folklore, healthcare, aging, popular culture, nostalgia, identity, migration, and politics. My article “Washing Machine Races, Gulag Pizza, and McLenin: Kitsch-fication in Post-Socialist Hungary” in Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology explores popular culture in the form of communist kitsch. A forthcoming article in Anthropos “Ritualization of Ethno-nationalism: A Textual Analysis of a Hungarian Corpus Christi Procession” uses a textual analysis to explore how the ritual mirrors post-socialist trends that affirm Hungarian identity. This peer reviewed article serves to both document an interesting ritual procession but also view it in light of growing ethno-nationalism that both unites a community yet also shows exclusion of others. It is like a mirror at a microcosmic level that reflects a kind of ritualization of ethno-nationalism.

My ongoing research has benefited from having received PSC-CUNY awards to conduct fieldwork in Hungary during the summer (2011-2016). This work in progress focuses on life histories of elderly Hungarian women as they adjust to and reinterpret the societal constraints of Hungary’s Socialist era to global issues associated with post-socialism. I have interviewed elderly women to get a sense of the impact of the Socialist past on their everyday practices post-socialism and am currently transcribing the audio into text. I am exploring new media by using videotaped interviews that I hope to edit into a short documentary for classroom use.

Publications:

Symbolic Traces of Communist Legacy in Present Day Hungary: Experiences of a generation that lived during the Socialist era , Leiden: Brill Press (Forthcoming).

"Ritualization of Ethno-nationalism: A Textual Analysis of a Hungarian Corpus Christi Procession" Anthropos, issue 112 (1), 2017 (Forthcoming).

"Talking Back: Reflections of a Researcher's Experience and Identity Construction" in Identity and Self Respect. Edited by Istvan Bujalos. Debrecen University Press, (December, 2015). ISSN 2063-0042, ISBN 978-963-318-521-6
http://nagyalma.hu/konyvek/

"Washing Machine Races, Gulag Pizza, and McLenin: Kitsch-ification in Post-Socialist Hungary" in Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2015.1080745.
http://www.tandfonline.com/page/models-and-dates-explained

"Turkey Backbones and Chicken Gizzards: Women's Roles in Post Socialist Hungary," in Food and Foodways, 18:1-28, 2010.

"Time, Ritual, and Post Socialist Change in Hungary" in Omertaa: Journal for Applied Anthropology, a special issue devoted to constructions of "time." Volume 4, 2008. (www.Omertaa.org)

"Mnemonic Devices as a Supplemental Aid for Teaching Kinship Concepts and Terms." In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology. P.C. Rice and D.W. McCurdy, Eds. Uppersaddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006.

"Leaving Socialist Hungary. Migratory Experiences And Constructions of Identity."Beginnings and Ends of Emigration. Life without Borders in the Contemporary World. A Collection of Scholarly Essays. Dalia Kuiziniene, Editor. Vilnius : Versus Aureus 2005. ISBN 9955-601-50-7

"Mock Public Hearing on Tragedy in the Amazon: Yanomami Voices, Academic Controversy, and the Ethics of Research." In Strategies in Teaching Anthropology. P.C. Rice and D.W. McCurdy, Eds. Uppersaddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2004.

"Return Migration to Post Socialist Hungary: Identity Re-construction, Anxiety, and Resolution." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. Special Issue on "Interpreting Lives: Personal Narratives and Biographies." Shippensburg University 20.2 (2003):
69-74.

A Ghost in the City: Migratory Experiences and Constructions of Identity in Post Socialist Hungary. Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Publishers, 2001.

"Photomontage with Texts." Special Issue on "Women Writing Culture: Another Telling of the Story of American Anthropology," Ruth Behar, Ed. Critique of Anthropology: A Journal for the Critical Reconstruction of Anthropology. Sage Publications 13.4 (1993): 327-33.

"The Cholos of East Los Angeles: Using Ethnic Identity to Cope with Hegemony." Crosscurrents: The Journal of Graduate Research in Anthropology, Rutgers University 5 (1992): 59-80.

Conference Presentations:

"Capturing Moments in Time: Hungarian Women's Life Course Transitions, Parallel Histories, Perception and Autonomy" The 114th Annual American Anthropology Association's Meetings, Denver, CO, November 18-22, 2015. Presented Paper.

"Reorganizing Healthcare and a Mystification of the Body in Postsocialist Hungary: A Senior Pensioner's Perspective" The 112th Annual American Anthropology Association's Meetings, Chicago, Ill, November 20-24, 2013. Presented Paper

"Talking Back: Reflections of a researcher's experience and Identity construction" The Identity and Self Respect Conference, Debrecen, Hungary. June 6-8, 2013.

"Hungarian Border Crossings: Embodying Intersections of Time, Space, and Identities In a Postsocialist Society" The American Anthropology Association's Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, November 16-20, 2012.

"Traces of Communist Legacy in Post Socialist Hungary: The Kitsch-ification of Material Culture" The American Anthropology Association's Annual Meetings, Montreal Canada, November 16-20, 2011.

"Circulating (A)Political Memory Through Time and Space; Elderly Hungarian Women's Reinterpretation of Post Socialist Change" The American Anthropology Association's Annual Meetings, New Orleans, November 17-21, 2010. Presented Paper and Chaired a Panel.

"Fragmented Publics: Identity, Time and Spatial Locations of Mothers Left Behind" The American Anthropology Association's Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, December 2009.

"Sharing Chores, Sharing Stories, and Empowering Identity: The Collaborative Work of an Anthropologist and Senior Women in Post-Socialist Hungary" The American Anthropology Association's Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA, November 2008.

"Change, Practice, and Disillusion: The Social Shaping of Time and Space in Post Socialist Hungary" The American Anthropology Association's Annual Meetings, San Jose, CA, November 2006.

"Vintage Wine, Vintage Identity: Post Socialist Hungary, Symbolic Cultural Practices, and the Reconfiguration of Memory" The Canadian Anthropology Society Meetings, On Edge: Anthropology in Troubling Times, Dalhousie University, Halifax Canada, May 2003.

"Talking Back: Power, Culture, Identity, and the Fieldwork Experience in Budapest Hungary." The American Anthropological Association's Annual Meetings, Washington, DC, November 2001.

"Personal Identity and Emigration of Return Migrants in Socialist Hungary." Beginnings and Ends of Emigration: Life without Borders in the Contemporary World. Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravicius. Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania: Lithuanian Emigration Institute, 2001.

"A Ghost in the City: Hungarian Migratory Experiences and Construction of Identity in Different Societies Post Socialism." Comparativists' Day at UCLA: Presenting the Work of Graduate Students Working on Comparative Topics, coordinated by the Sociology Department (Prof. David Cook), January 26, 2001.

"Graffiti Geographies." The American Anthropological Association's Annual Meetings, Washington, DC 1993.

"The Enigma of Zora Neale Hurston." The American Anthropological Association's Annual Meetings, San Francisco, California, 1992

"Re-writing Identities." The Midwest Feminist Graduate Student Conference, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1991.

"The Enigma of Zora Neale Hurston." Women Writing Culture: Anthropology and its other voices, (organized by Prof. Ruth Behar) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991.

Presentations:

Invited talk: “Scholars Exchange” 2015-2016, Tuesday March 22, 2016. Presentation of my new work: "Elderly Hungarian Women’s Reinterpretation of Post-Socialist Change." “The Exchange consists of a series of breakfast talks by PSC CUNY grant recipients in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Held in the Faculty Commons on eight Tuesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30 over the course of the academic year, the series highlights areas of scholarship and creative work where external grant opportunities are generally more limited than they are in STEM fields.”

Invited talk: international conference held at Debrecen University (Theme: Identity and Self Respect), June 6-8, 2013 Debrecen, Hungary. Paper title: “Talking Back: Reflections of Identity and a Researcher’s Experience”. [Chair of conference, Dr. Bujalos]

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:

  • Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, 2012 (Mentor Moustafa Bayoumi)
    A writing fellowship to develop and write a book - working title: Symbolic Traces of Communist Legacy in Post Socialist Hungary.
  • PSC CUNY Award 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, & 47 total: $35,670
    7/14-8/16 Travel to Budapest Hungary to continue conducting fieldwork with elderly women.
    7/14-8/15 Travel to Budapest Hungary to continue conducting fieldwork with elderly women.
    7/14-8/14 Travel to Budapest Hungary to continue conducting fieldwork with elderly women.
    7/13-8/13 Travel to Budapest Hungary to continue conducting fieldwork with elderly women.
    7/12-8/12 Travel to Budapest Hungary to continue conducting fieldwork with elderly women.
    7/11-8/11 Travel to Budapest Hungary to conduct fieldwork with elderly women.
  • Travel Grant from Professional Development Advisory Council (PDAC)
    Travel to Denver Colorado to American Anthropological Association Meetings, Present paper, 11/22/15.
    Travel to Debrecen Hungary for invited conference “Identity and Self Respect,” presented paper June 6-8, 2013.
    Travel to San Francisco to American Anthropological Association Meetings, Presented Paper, Chaired Panel, 11/12.
    Travel to Montreal Canada to American Anthropological Association Meetings, Presented Paper, 11/11.
    Travel to American Anthropological Association Meetings, Present Paper & Chair Panel, New Orleans, LA, 11/17/10-11/21/10
    Travel to American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Present Paper, Philadelphia, PA 12/09
    Travel to American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Present Paper, Chair Panel, San Francisco, CA 11/08
  • Fulbright Institute of International Education
    Graduate Student Research Fellowship in Budapest Hungary, 1996-1997. Principal investigator.
  • Hungarian Government Grant
    8/96 - 6/97, plus extension grant through 8/97. Project: To conduct research on return migrants in post socialist Hungary. Principal investigator.
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Office of the President Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2000.
    University Fellowship, Spring 1998.
    Registration Fee Grant, 1997-1998.
    Project 88 Full Tuition Fellowship, 1992 -1996.
    Conference Travel Grant, 12/93. Project: To present a paper and lead panel at The American Anthropological Association's Annual Meetings, Washington, DC.
    Conference Travel Grant, 12/92. Project: To present a paper and lead panel at The American Anthropological Association's Annual Meetings, San Francisco, California.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Michigan Merit Full Tuition Fellowship, 1989 - 1992.
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