Faculty


(in alphabetical order, to be updated)
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Mirjam Bussels
Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology, Belgium

During her stay on the Island she explored several topics within different fields. The first years she did cooperative fieldwork with another staff member about religion and identity on the Island. Next to this Mirjam did a brief research about the concept of time on the Island, ‘Gozo Maybe Time’. In the frame of her job in Belgium for the Center for Gastrology she looked into the social construction of a meal time. To do so she did a whole summer of voluntary work in Saint Dominic Elderly Home in Victoria. Her love for the Island kept on growing and she decided to stay on Gozo to do fieldwork about the change of life on the island. She is very much interested in how religion manifests itself on the Island.
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Steven Camacho
Millersville University, USA

Steven Rivera Camacho was born in Cataño, Puerto Rico. He recently graduated at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He is Interested in photography, traveling, religion, fishing, language, witchcraft and witch healing and clowns. Currently Steven is doing research on the micro culture of fisherman in Gozo and the semantics within it.
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Melissa Clement
University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Her interests mainly lie in the impact of war on civilian populations. This includes during war time, but also its long-term impacts on the population. More generally, she enjoys doing research on any topic on the micro-level, so she can hear stories and memories directly from the people impacted the most. Melissa took these interests and applied them to Gozo with a mixture of oral histories and research on tourism. After two summers on the island she had gathered stories on the Second World War and what it was like in the years afterwards, specifically with the rebuilding of the economy and of the British leaving the country. From here she found the importance that tourism played and how it shaped the island and its people.
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Abby Golub
Cornell University, USA
University of Leuven, Belgium

Most days you can find Abby carrying bread she has made, purchased, or received as a gift from a bakery. She will probably offer you a piece. On Gozo, she studies bakeries as places where families work together and where locals and tourists consume Gozitan culture. She focuses on one family bakery in Nadur, Gozo, as a lens into and as a unique contributor to food culture on the island. She is interested in collaborative research and the limitless possibilities for topics to fruitfully explore in bakeries. After graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Abby joined Expeditions as a student in 2014, and came back as staff to continue her research and work with other students in 2015. Some of her most effective and fun field methods include the process of learning the local language from locals, playing saxophone in the Nadur Band Club, and shaping bread dough at bakeries. She is constantly surprised and excited by how these activities connect her to community and provide opportunities to learn in the field. Abby looks forward to baking and breaking bread, and taking notes, with many more students next summer.
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Jennifer Hollstein
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Jennifer graduated from the University of Glasgow and has subsequently completed courses in digital photography at Glasgow City College. She has worked in archive research within The BBC’s Arts department and as a social researcher for the University of Strathclyde.

Jennifer has spent several summers in Gozo researching the uses of public coastal space and can always be found near or in the water. She is continuing to work on projects concerned with local octopus hunting, performance and tixxowja (showing off) in the coastal space and a visual oral history project of Xlendi. She specialises in macro, ethnographic and nature photography and is looking to develop her skills in underwater photography.
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Hannah Howard
Washington and Lee University, USA

Hannah is a graduate of the anthropology program at Washington and Lee University. While in school, she primarily worked on projects regarding the development and manifestation of group identities. The summer after her junior year, she came to Gozo as a student and studied traditional foods as consumable symbols of local identity and pride. After graduating, Hannah returned to work as a staff member at the field school. She currently lives in Athens, Greece where she works as a research assistant.
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Amanda Maniero
University College London, United Kingdom

Amanda is currently studying at University College London (UCL). Her research interests include the anthropology of food and power relations embedded on the consumption and production of food. Additionally, she focuses on medical anthropology, anthropology of global health and the multilayered perception of the body. In Gozo she is working on narratives of disease and doing a comparative analyses with Brazil, her home country. During her time at UCL she has prioritized documentary filmmaking.
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Sam Janssen
Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology, Belgium

The general research manager of Expeditions and program director of the summer school. As a researcher his main focusses are the anthropology of food, whilst also having a great interest in topics related to architecture and urban planning.

He obtained a variety of masters degrees at the University of Ghent (philosophy, ethics, academic education and urban planning) and has worked as a researcher for Expeditions since 2003.
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Maarten Loopmans
University of Leuven, Belgium

An a-disciplinary geographer who graduated at the university of Leuven, Belgium and worked at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and the University of Urbino, Italy. His research interests are in political ecology, with a focus on agro-ecological innovation and land use regulation, and the geographies of diversities (in particular cultural and sexual diversity); he is very keen on methodological issues and discussions, and loves to experiment with graphics in academic research, from boredom-born research meeting droodles to graphic novels as a medium to communicate research findings.
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Marjan Moris
University of Leuven, Belgium

Our Belgian-born research and field work mentor who gets lost between human geography and anthropology now and then. Her research interests include migration and mobilities, the anthropology of food and manifestations of difference and inequality in the organisation of space. She has carried out research on the savoury ‘pastizzi’ as cultural brokers on Gozo, and remains fascinated by stories of change on the island. Marjan stays up late for discussions about methodology, creative ways to share research findings and most other topics (given that they come with a late-night snack).
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Georgiana Murariu
University of London, United Kingdom

A Social Anthropologist with interests in the areas of post-communist economics and identity, superstition and collective magical thinking, and material culture. She got her Anthropology degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

She is also interested in the creation of symbols through the use of language, especially in relation to minority languages. Another interest is the anthropology of health and disease and the social construction of different illnesses and disorders within different systems of healthcare.

She currently works as an analyst for Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, where she is tasked with understanding and reporting back on patient behaviours and contributing to the creation of strategies for understanding their model and process of decision making.
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Peter Niedersteiner
LMU University, Germany

His research-focus is the interaction between beekeepers and honeybees and their interrelatedness to the natural and social environment. His scientific fields of interest reach from political ecology and human-animal-relationship to entomology and environmental studies. On the methodological level, he is doing research on cooperative research methods at the field school, to encourage the theoretical and practical exchange with students and to develop more sophisticated methods in this field. He studied Social and Cultural Anthropology at the LMU University in Munich where he is doing his PhD on the topic "Apicultural-Knowledge at Change - Ressources, Access and Transmission" at the moment.
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Bryce Peake
University of Maryland BC, USA

Bryce is a media anthropologist and historian specializing in gender, sound, science, and the State in the British Mediterranean. He enjoys experimenting at the intersections of media technology and methods, and is currently writing a book about listening, masculinity, and media psychology in Gibraltar. His next historical ethnography will examine the entangled social lives of media infrastructure and deafness on the island of Gozo from World War II to the present.
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English Srader
College of Charleston, USA

English recently graduated from College of Charleston with a B.S. In Anthropology and Environmental Studies. Her passions and studies revolve around travel, people, and the natural environments in which they all intermingle. English attended the summer school first as a student in 2015, and returned a year later to work on staff and continue research in various concepts of sustainability circulating through different lifestyles on the island. English plans to attend graduate school in anthropology within the next two years.
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Anne Toftelund Jensen
Aarhus University, Denmark

Born and raised in Odense, the hometown of the Danish fairy tale writer, Hans Christian Andersen. After a couple of years at the university she changed path and got educated at KaosPilots - a creative business school focused on entrepreneurship, projects and processes. After graduation she moved to North West Greenland to work in the harsh but beautiful environment above the Arctic Circle.
Later she reenrolled at Aarhus University and studied business anthropology. Her master thesis was built on a fieldwork conducted in a production company with a majority of international workers. Her current field of interest is innovation, creativity and organizations, and for her research on Gozo the focus is mainly on method exploration – investigating ways of doing interviews with LEGO®, as well as looking into the understanding of space.
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Kim Tondeur
Université Libre de Belgique, Belgium

In Gozo, Kim carries ethnographic research in a small rural community, focusing on perceptions of change, Europe and globalization. His main research interests lie in the anthropology of neoliberalism, ecological systems, postcolonial studies and sustainability. One of Kim's specialities is graphic anthropology. Through his fieldwork and the summer school, he explores and studies the posibillities offered by sketches and drawings as a tool for ethnographic research and social sciences. In Belgium, he works on a project of applied ethnography with the division of Geography at the University of Leuven, and collaborates with various non-profit organizations working on racism studies and mining industries. Kim Graduated with his Master's degree in Anthropology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
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Alexa Zerkow
Temple University, USA

Her research is predominately focused on anthropology of food, conceptions of national identity, communities as they exist in digital spaces, medical anthropology, and most recently, her research and interests are much more concentrated on analyzing sustainable food systems. Alexa is currently applying to diversified graduate programs grounded in anthropology, yet more focused on aspects of sustainable development, public health, and/or food systems. You can usually find her in the kitchen or fields when in the field!