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Mirjam Bussels
Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology

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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Jorge Gonzales
University of Ottawa

Jorge is a PhD candidate working on his dissertation in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa. Currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, Jorge's current research explores the roles of the visual arts and mechanisms of coloniality on racial-ethnic meaning making for coloured avant-garde artists and the ways said artists express identity through artistic production. Jorge's other research interests include critically examining representations of gender and sexuality on television shows like Will & Grace and RuPaul's Drag Race and the relationship between language and modes of production in societies in transition. On Gozo, Jorge's experiences have led him to analyze social factors that affect and constrain expatriate artists who come to the island as well as to be an all-around sounding board for research ideas, discussions on social theory, and the development of alternative research methods.
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Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Oberlin College

Erika is a linguistic anthropologist, trained at the University of Michigan and currently an associate professor of anthropology at Oberlin College. Her work, focused on sign languages, explores the flexible, multi-modal nature of communicative practices as well as the social factors that facilitate, limit, and are shaped by that flexibility. Her publications to date center on deaf sociality in Nepal and on transnational sign language literacy practices. In recent years she has launched a new project focusing on sensory strategies employed by Maltese and Gozitan deaf people within and outside of sign language-centered encounters. She is also working toward building a Lingwa tas-Sinjali Maltija (Maltese Sign Language) linguistic corpus. Participation in the fieldschool helps Erika develop her interest in graphic methods, as she finds that the representational affordances and challenges involved in producing drawings of linguistic encounters helps highlight their multi-sensory complexity. She is very fond of her flock of pet chickens.
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Trish Campbell
California State University, Fullerton

Trish has degrees in anthropology, with minors in history and music and has dual positions at her home institution; one as the Director and coordinator of the exhibit program in the university library, and the other as an adjunct professor in anthropology. Trish’s interests are varied, and her focus is generally in cultural anthropology. In addition to teaching Anthropology of Religion, Art & Culture, Introduction to Museum Studies, and Museum Practicum at CSUF, she also pursues interests in oral history, ethnomusicology and archival studies. Trish first came to Gozo as a student in 2008, and has returned twice as staff since that time. She is interested in processes within cultural constructs and has conducted participant observations, interviews, and surveys while performing with La Stella Band Club during festa for St. George’s Basilica. Future projects on the horizon include immigration/migration/return migration of Gozitans abroad, symbols in funerary art and funerary rituals or practices.
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Hannah Howard
Washington and Lee University

Hannah is a graduate of the sociology and anthropology program at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. While in school, she primarily worked on projects regarding the development and manifestation of group identities, particularly within religious groups. She currently lives in Athens, Greece where she works as a research assistant and studies Southeast European Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Hannah first came to Gozo as a student in 2015 and has returned as staff each year since. On the island, she studies food products as consumable symbols of collective identity.
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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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Sam Janssen
Expeditions, Research in Applied Anthropology

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

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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Amanda Maniero
University College London

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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Marjan Moris
University of Leuven

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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Peter Niedersteiner
LMU University

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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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!