Amsterdam University College, Netherlands
Cullen is an artist, educator, researcher, and third culture kid (TCK) with lots of curiosity. Cullen attended the field school in 2017 as a student, and again as a staff in 2018. Cullen’s ethnographic research incorporates digital ethnography, sensory anthropology, affect studies, mixed and experimental modalities, and cultural analysis to consider the experiences and feeling of being alive in this wild world today. During their time on Gozo, Cullen studied the way that scuba diving shapes the senses and perceptions of climate change, as well as subjective mapping as a meaning making archive of our lived world. Although Cullen currently works as an elementary school teacher in Texas, Cullen believes that ethnography provides a mindset for approaching all lived experiences, and that learning and teaching are lifelong modalities that keep us connected and engaged with others in relationships of reciprocity and community. As an avid potter in their spare time, Cullen is excited to spend some time this summer discovering the ceramics world of Gozo through an ethnographic lens.