6.2 Maria and Hannah - 6 October
Maria Maclennan and Hannah Feben-Smith talk about adoptee voices, jewellery detectives, and the value of things.
Arguably we are totally different even from the moment we started this podcast – we are different people already
About our guests
Chosen object: Grandmother's brooch
Recording location: Glasgow
Dr Maria Maclennan is an award-winning interdisciplinary designer, researcher, writer, and educator. Her current research interests concern the forensic and criminal use of jewellery and the value of design in facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange between diverse areas such law enforcement, government, and education.
Maria obtained her PhD in Forensic Jewellery from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) at The University of Dundee in 2018; a unique industry partnership between the V&A Dundee and Institute for Capitalising on Creativity (ICC) at The University of St Andrews. As the world’s first ‘Forensic Jeweller’, she regularly provides support and advice to international policing agencies on jewellery recovered with unidentified human remains.
Chosen object: Rubik's Cubes and a book on adoptee identities she co-wrote
Recording location: Edinburgh
Hannah graduated with an MA (Hons) in Linguistics and Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in 2022. During her final two years at university, Hannah co-founded an adoptee project called Whatever Next? with her two friends, Josephine Jay and Adaline Bara. By sharing their own personal experiences, they aim to positively impact the adoptive community while challenging misconceptions!
Since starting in 2021, the Whatever Next? team have gone on to win the Young Scot Equality and Diversity Award, and most excitingly, published their own book called ‘Whatever Next? On Adult Adoptee Identities’ which tackles traditional narratives and what we should do to avoid those pitfalls.
Outside of the Whatever Next? project, Hannah enjoys playing the piano and solving Rubik’s Cubes.
Extra things from the episode
- Inklings #10: Whatever Next? Winner of the Young Scot Equality and Diversity Award 2022 - View on 404 Ink Shop (external)
Host: Hannah Clark
Theme music: Nathan Webb
Producer: Kate Stewart