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 2019 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.’
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Steven Camacho
Millersville University, USA

Steven is a graduate in sociology and anthropology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Currently working on his masters in Public Health at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Besides his studies, Steven works at Lancaster General Hospital as a nurse assistant, phlebotomist and medical interpreter in Spanish. Steven first came to Gozo as a student in 2014 and returned as a staff in 2015 with a two years hiatus, he will attend again in 2018. In Gozo, Steven is studying the micro culture and semantics within the fisherman culture in Xlendi, Mgarr and Marsalforn. Other topics of interest are witchcraft and witch healing in non-Western countries, Puerto Rican history and its interaction with the USA, and Culture of Clowns (yes, there is one). Steven is also well known for his tasty Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog) making.
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Trish Campbell
California State University, USA

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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Jane Davis
McGill University, Canada

Jane completed her undergrad in anthropology and sociology at McGill in Montreal, Canada and is currently a studio assistant based in London, England. Her research involves liminal spaces and human-tech relationships. In Gozo, Jane focuses on the subculture that occurs in temporal communities of public transport (principally the buses and bus station). Jane enjoys a good laugh and a cup of coffee but also takes pleasure getting into long discussions about ethnography, gender and sexuality politics, and learning about individuals’ experience of the social world.
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Jorge Gonzales
University of Ottawa, Canada

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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Anne T Jensen
Aarhus University, Denmark

Anne T Jensen is born and raised in Odense, Denmark. 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 graduating, Anne 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 fieldwork conducted in a production company with a majority of international workers. She is now working as a consultant for a not-for-profit sports organization. Her current field of interest ranges from innovation, creativity, and organizations, to filming, podcast creation and to conducting interviews with the use of LEGO®.
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Cullen Ogden
University College of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Cullen is an undergraduate student at Amsterdam University College studying social sciences with a concentration in Anthropology, and a minor in Humanities (Art and Media). Before moving to Amsterdam in 2017, he spent two years studying anthropology at Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City, working on research about the pedicab drivers at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. His particular research interests include sensory anthropology, space and place studies, identity politics and queer theory, as well as tourism which he plans to further develop this summer. He first attended the field school in 2017 as a student, studying the training and shaping of sensory perceptions through scuba diving as a form of tourism. He enjoys photography, art, social theory, traveling any chance he gets, and drinking more coffee than one should probably drink.

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Rene Raad
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Rene is completing her masters in Social Anthropology part-time at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Rene’s research deals directly with the perspectives of those who are involved in providing safe and effective abortion care in Cape Town, South Africa. She additionally works in the social science unit at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre (DTTC), which through the linkage of medical research, community work and public policy seeks to promote the prevention of Tuberculosis (TB) and encourage treatment adherence in Cape Town. On Gozo, Rene explored Pentecostalism on a predominantly Catholic island and how Pentecostal faith healing intersected with the church members’ understanding of health and religion.
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Melissa Carlson
University of Newcastle, Australia

Mel has a degree in Social Science and is currently completing her Honours year in Sociology & Anthropology. She also works as a Research Assistant in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, Australia where she works on projects which explore issues affecting cancer patients including distress screening, cognitive impairment, and medicinal cannabis. As a student at the field school, Mel had the opportunity to explore risk and emotional labour in scuba diving communities in Gozo and to fall in love with anthropology in the process. She is eager to return in 2019 and see old friends and meet new passionate anthropologists.

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Rachel Rangel
California Polytechnic University, USA

Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in graphic design but it was in one fateful anthropology class that she was hooked on a different course. She attended the July 2018 session on Gozo and found herself exploring the street artist community at an abandoned hotel. This experience confirmed her passion for anthropology and she has since returned to school to chase her dreams. While she may have wandered from her bachelor's degree she still finds herself drawn to art and artists and how they reflect the culture they are immersed in. Rachel enjoys a serious conversation every now and then, but she can be easily located by following her laughter. 

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Cindy Jow
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Cindy is a graduate of a Masters in Design and a Bachelor of Design in Interior and Spatial Design (Honours) from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is currently a practicing Design Strategist in architecture and a student of sociology at Macquarie University, Australia. She first came to Gozo in 2018 and her research interest is in the production of architecture and urban planning, particularly how contemporary development affects Gozitan and Maltese society politically and culturally. Her ethnographic work on Gozo explored how the experience of new urban space has affected locals and tourists in Gozo and Malta. Cindy is passionate about travel, art and food, and enjoys rambling anthropology evening chats on Barruf.

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Cole Kedzierski
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA

Cole graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology, and minors in sustainability studies and philosophy. During his undergraduate work, he conducted ethnographic studies of community development projects, as well as food access and diet habits of university students. As a student at the field school in 2016, he researched Malta and Gozo’s fishing industry, and how it has been affected by governmental policy following Malta’s introduction into the European Union. His research interests include political ecology and medical anthropology, as it relates to environmental sustainability and public health. Cole is applying to graduate programs focused on public health, urban planning, and applied anthropology.

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Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Oberlin College, USA

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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Julia Le Monde
University of Queensland, Australia.

Julia is an Honours graduate in anthropology and is currently pursuing a PhD. Her honours thesis explored Australian childhood vaccination policies and her upcoming thesis will focus on the home birth movement in Australia. Julia is primarily interested in critical medical anthropology and theories around medicalisation. She attended the field school as a student in 2017 exploring the concept of ageing on Gozo, amongst local born Gozitan and U.K. ex-patriot retirees.

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Jacob Jansen
University of Oregon, USA

Jacob graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in cultural anthropology and minor degree pursuits in Middle East and North African studies, as well as food studies. Since 2016, Jacob became fascinated with honeybees and beekeepers. His fieldwork concerns honeybees and their relation to climate, demography and conflict through epistemologies of beekeeping. 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. In 2019, he will once again join the Off the Beaten Track team to explore human-animal relationships with fellow field school attendees in his research project ‘Human-animal Dialogue’: Anthropological Explorations.

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Kylie Schroeder
Utah State University, USA

Kylie received undergraduate degrees in anthropology, folklore, religious studies, and Celtic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and completed a M.A. through Utah State University's Folklore Program in 2018. She attended the Off The Beaten track summer school as a student in 2014. In addition to teaching college composition, her varied work experiences have included time with the National Park Service through the National Council for Preservation Education, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Fife Folklore Archives, USU's Digital Folklore Project, and a number of local and state museums with a focus on education and interpretation. Her research and publications have mainly focused on culinary tourism, haunted heritage tourism, and digital folklore.

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David Johansson
Uppsala University, Sweden

With a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Uppsala University and a Master’s in Journalism from Södertörn University in Stockholm, David is currently a trainee at the European Parliament’s web communication unit in Brussels. Over the last year he has been working as a journalist for two local Swedish newspapers and studied Postcolonial Perspectives on Moving Images at Stockholm University. He first attended the Graphic Anthropology Fieldschool by Expeditions in Xlendi, Gozo in 2016. A bachelor’s thesis on this method and several anthro-visits on ’Gozitan migration’ later, he spent four months in 2017 as a journalist intern for Times of Malta. Carrying a backpack of experiences in anthropology, news journalism and from the EU, his research-aspirations focuses on local discourses for topics such as postcoloniality, migration and bilingual identity. David would like to focus on graphic anthropology when returning to Gozo.

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Nick Jordan
University of North Texas, USA

Nick is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas, where he received his Bachelors in Anthropology. He came to Gozo in the summer of 2018, where he studied how local grocery store owners built rapport with expat suppliers. He will be returning to the University of North Texas to pursue his master’s in applied anthropology with a concentration in business, technology and design. He hopes to apply anthropological methods to better understand how people interact with their surroundings, especially technology. Nick currently works as an intern for a company that facilitates cultural trainings for international businesses. Aside from that, he is interested in food studies, cycling, traveling, and cooking.

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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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Alashua Crowley
Concordia University, Canada

Alashua is in her second year at Concordia University in Montreal, with a joint specialization in Anthropology and Sociology and a minor in Urban Studies. Originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut, she has worked with Public Health and University researchers on topics relating to mental and sexual health in the Canadian Arctic. Alashua first came to Gozo as a student in 2018 and will return as a staff in 2019. As a student, her research focused on the relationship between Maltese economic development and traditional cultural practices such as cheese making and horse carriages. Her current field of interests are community relationships with the environment, food, and development. In free time, she likes to boulder, dogsled, eat chocolate and lie in the sun.