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Francine Melia

Francine Melia

Academic interests: Anthropology of performance, cultural studies of Burning Man, play studies, theatre, disease, nutrition, classical Studies

Status: Ph.D.

MA thesis title: The Self at Play?: A Case Study of Reification and Dereification in the "Play Environment" of American College Theatre

Previous degrees: MA (2008), Ball State University; BA (2006), St. John's University

Contact information: francine.melia@gmail.com

Biography: Francine Melia, recently completed her third year as a Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology; she lived in Queens, New York for 21 years before moving to Indiana in 2006 and then to Nevada in 2008. Her original interest was in archaeology, but a love for theatre prompted Francine to change her subfield during her MA program and pursue the anthropological study of performance instead. Combining her love for anthropology with a passion for theatre culminated in her MA thesis, The Self at Play?: A Case Study of Reification and Dereification in the "Play Environment" of American College Theatre. She plans to continue in this particular subfield during her Ph.D. studies, and chose the unique "culture of Burning Man" as her area of focus.

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