Jaye Litherland-De Lara

Jaye Litherland-De Lara

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts


I am a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Adelaide, supervised by Dr Alison Dundon and Dr Georgina Drew. I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (major in Anthropology and minor in Development Studies) in 2014, and Honours (first class) in Anthropology in 2016.

I am interested in the social and cultural processes and practices of mothering, in the everyday lived and embodied experiences of being and becoming a mother, and the varied meanings women give to their birthing and mothering practices.

In particular, my PhD research seeks to explore the different ways natural and holistic mothering is understood and lived in Adelaide, and to investigate women's understandings of bodies, health and wellbeing – for themselves and their children – and how they intersect with their mothering lifestyles. By focusing on this group of women, I hope to deepen our understanding of the ways women use procreation and mothering practices to re-envision and transform culture, and create new ways of being in the world.

  • Research Training Program Stipend 2017-2020
  • University of Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship 2014-2015
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Australian Anthropological Society Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Golden Key International Honour Society Australia

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