Aja Grande
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Aja Grande

Aja Grande is an ethnographer of civic infrastructures and land ecologies as spaces of subject formation. She researches emergent forms of living among built environments in twentieth and twenty-first century Hawai'i. As a transmedia scholar, or one who works across various forms of media, her scholarship embraces writing, documentary filmmaking, and multimedia exhibitions for community engagement.

While completing her B.A. in Science and Society (2018) from Brown University, she founded and ran the Ethnobotany Society at Brown (Spring, 2017) for students to explore the relationship between people and plants in Providence, Rhode Island. Born and raised on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i, she has been gifted with an obligation to raise awareness about and sustain mindful relations with the 'āina (that which feeds).

Key words

civic infrastructures; communities of practice; land-based learning; Indigenous sovereignty; settler colonialism; ethnobotany




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