Associated Faculty

These colleagues have joined our OtBT project in the past and we hope to see them return in the future, but they won't be able to join us on our 2018 edition.
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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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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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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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Jacob Jansen
University of Oregon

Jacob attends the University of Oregon where he studies cultural anthropology with minor degree pursuits in Middle East and North African studies, as well as food studies. In recent years, Jacob has taken an interest in honeybees and beekeepers. In particularly, his research explores dynamics of community among beekeepers. Additionally, he is interested in the interrelated perceptions of colony collapse disorder and climate change, all the while positioning identity in the context of human-animal relationships with beekeepers and honeybees at focus. Jacob first came to Gozo in 2016 as a student in the field school. He returned as a staff member in 2017 to further explore his research interests and gain pedagogical insight on the summer program itself.
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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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Amery Sanders
Syracuse University

Amery Sanders (pronouns they/them/theirs or he/him/his) is a first-year master's student in International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Syracuse, NY, with a BA in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University and a keen interest in melding theoretical skills with more hands-on applications. Their academic interests center around embodiment, identity, conflict, gender, and political violence, with a keen focus within transgender issues, disability issues, and human rights activism. In Gozo Amery has spent the last two summers exploring autoethnographic work related to swimming and embodiment. Their outside interests involve poetry, science fiction, sequin embroidery, and animal biology.
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Kim Tondeur
Université Libre de Belgique

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

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!
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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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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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Angelina Camilleri
University of Michigan, USA

Angelina is an undergrad cultural anthropologist trained at the University of Michigan, with concentrations in Gender Studies and Art History. On Gozo, she researched identity and feminine agency in traditional art across time, and the modern reclamation of lacemaking culture by female crafters. She is particularly interested in identity formation and community building through placemaking art. She teaches art out of Southeast Michigan community centers to youth in socio-economical under-resourced areas. This experience has led her to research and experience how art is a universally accessible means of expression. Future plans are the start of a dual Master in Social Work and Educational studies, with the ambition of a PhD in Social Work and Activism-focused Anthropology.
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Jared Wahkinney
University of Oklahoma, USA

Jared Wahkinney is a first-year graduate student at the University of Oklahoma. Previous to graduate studies, he has also earned his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, he is pursuing his M.A. in Native American Studies with an emphasis in cultural knowledge through projects of food sovereignty and reintroduction of ancestral foods into a diet, and indigenous media. He is a member of the Comanche Nation, and focuses his outlook through film and media through a ‘Comanche lens.’