About

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I graduated from Wake Forest University in May 2013 with Honors in Anthropology and minored in Journalism and Middle East & South Asia Studies. Part of the requirements of graduating with Honors included the completion and defense of an Honors Thesis, which you will find here – posted in full.

Inspired by my tattooed Algerian grandmother, my research on Chaouia tattoos began in December 2011. It became immediately clear that there were few recent publications as well as few publications in English on this topic.  In Summer 2012, I returned to Algeria to conduct my fieldwork. This was my fourth visit to Algeria. My research was IRB-approved with funding by the Richter Fellowship and a student fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Over two months, I completed 20 in-depth interviews with tattooed Chaouia women aged 70 to 90 years old. You will find information on each of the twenty women in the Profiles category. The other main chapters of my research can be found in the Symbolic Meaning, Contribution to Identity, and Disappearance categories. All categories are listed on the right side of this page.

If you are interested in pieces written for a more general audience, some of my most recent articles were published by AlJazeeraYour Middle East, the Huffington Post, and the Pulitzer Center. You can also download my e-book, here.

Feel free to keep up with me on my blog: algeriealgerie.tumblr.com.

For any media/interview questions, please email me directly at yasmin.bendaas@gmail.com.

Bsalama,

Yasmin

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