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Director

Anna Castel is a Mexican theater director and feminist-pedagogue. She holds a degree in Hispanic Letters from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico (2016), and a Magister in Arts, Studies and Theater Practices from the Catholic University of Chile (2019). She is the theater director of Otro cuerpo Teatro e Investigación, a theater group with artists with disabilities and without disabilities from Mexico and Chile. Currently, the project performs in Valparaíso, Santiago de Chile and Guadalajara. To date, the company has three works of collective creation for young and adult audiences and accessible. The group has been a creditor of the National Art Fund of Chile (FONDART), in the line of Regional Training (2019, 2021) and the National Research Fund (2021). Her research work and accessibility methodology workshop for the scene has been presented in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Additionally, Anna works as an editor at the performing arts magazine “Vive Teatro” and develops the research methodology in practice for the Feeling Digital project.

Organizers

Yichen Rao is an anthropologist and a postdoc fellow at Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan. He completed his PhD project at The University of Hong Kong on the rise and fall of China's "internet finance" industry, and his master's project at The Chinese University of Hong Kong on China's "internet addiction" treatment camps. He has a broad interest in China's digital economies, cultures, technologies and governing. Yichen was a recipient of the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2019-2020). He led a global project on artistic digital ethnographic research- "Feeling Digital and Reimagining Fieldwork during the COVID Times"- supported by the Universitas 21 Researcher Resilience Fund. In 2021, he was an Ernst Mach fellow visiting University of Vienna. He published in History of Psychology and Economic Anthropology. His paper was awarded the 2020 Schneider Prize Honorable Mention by the Society for Economic Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.

Lili Almási-Szabó is a Hungarian economist (BA) and anthropologist (MA). She is currently working on a Ph.D. project in Sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). For her master’s thesis, she has conducted an extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Chile on the local ethnic-religious tradition of roadside shrines (animitas), which made her deeply interested in the most recent religious shift in the country. At PUC, she currently has responsibilities as a doctoral researcher at an anthropological project (http://ethnographiesofaspiration.com/). Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, Lili works on understanding the complex reasons behind the decreasing Catholic affiliation, as well as the increasing number of religious nones. Her additional duties at the University include teaching at the Department of Anthropology (since 2017) and at the Department of Sociology (since 2021).

 
 

Participants

Arba Bekteshi works as an urban anthropologist and walking artist in Tirana focusing on mediations of its changing urban landscape, negotiations on conceptualizations of public and private spaces, agency relations, as well as understandings of immanence in documentary. Bekteshi uses multimodal and sensory ethnography, psychogeographical walking, cartography and other forms of arts-based research to think with the various components of the ethnographic field. Bekteshi has a double undergraduate degree in Southeastern European Studies and International Relations from the American University in Bulgaria, an M.A. in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex, UK, a Masters in International Communication from IULM University, IT and an M.Sc. in Archaeology from the University of Tirana, AL.

Beatriz Herrera Corado (Guatemala City) is a dance artist, anthropologist, and writer. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Literature UVG (GUA) and obtained her MA in the program Choreomundus: International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage (NOR). She published the poetry book Hacia la tempestad [Magna Terra Editores, 2016] and participated in multicultural performances in Norway, Hungary, and London. She has delivered lectures at Guatemalan universities about dance anthropology, creative writing, and contact improvisation workshops. She has presented her research at international conferences and is a member of the International Council for Traditional Music and the Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World. Since 2019, Herrera is co-founder and associate project manager of MULTÍLOGOS, a Spanish-speaking webinar for knowledge/research exchange about dance, corporealities, and movement. Currently Herrera works with Guatemala’s contemporary dance scene in the Centro Cultural de España and is a visiting lecturer of Art History at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. 

Chiara Musu is an independent researcher in cultural anthropology. Her interests include digital anthropology, anthropology of the body and emotions, ethnographic research methodologies, and the influence of digital media in gender identities

 

Dalia N is an ethnographer studying narrative and memory practices for post-war accountability in Sri Lanka. Their research is concerned with the politics of remembering Sri Lanka's civil war and the subsequent counter-memory traditions prevalent nationally and transnationally. Their primary research interests are conflict generated memories, memory activism, Sri Lanka and mobilisations for post-conflict accountability. Dalia holds an MA degree in Society and Culture from IIT Gandhinagar and a BA degree in english literature from Stella Maris College, Chennai. dalia.nevil96@gmail.com

 

Glenda–Rose Nassoma Layne is from the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where she works as the Coordinator/ Director for Culture in the Division of Tourism Culture and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly. She is the holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural enterprise Management from the University Of the West Indies (UWI), a Masters in Carnival Studies and is presently a PhD Candidate at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) where her focus is in Cultural studies with Specific focus on the Traditional and Indigenous arts of the Caribbean. She is a certified Theatre in Education Drama in Education Practitioner and Researcher with specific focus on the indigenous and Traditional Arts, a playwright, director, storyteller and a general practitioner in various forms of the performing arts. Her email address: progressive.layne7@gmail.com

 

Ina Goel is the founder of award-winning digital platform, The Hijra Project. She has a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in social work from the University of Delhi in India. She completed her M.Phil. in social medicine and community health from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Ina has worked with All India Radio and Al Jazeera English. She was a recipient of a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship at the department of epidemiology and international public health at Bielefeld University and the INLAKS scholarship at the department of gender and sexuality studies at the University College London. Ina has also worked with FHI 360, UNICEF, the National AIDS Control Organization in India, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, and the humanitarian organization Plan International. She is currently an HKPFS doctoral candidate at the Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong and a visiting fellow at Anthropos India Foundation.

Juan Miguel Ortega-Quesada is a second-year PhD candidate in Anthropology at East China Normal University, Shanghai. He is interested in medical anthropology, critical phenomenology and sensory (multimodal) ethnographic methods. His research focuses specifically on everyday narratives of under-resourced visual and hearing diverse people in Chinese urban environments. He aims at understanding how bodily diverse predicaments emplaced in social and cultural contexts may influence the configuration of diverse mental spaces and how, consequently, this may prompt an alter-politics of mental health and social participation. He has lived in China for the last six years and, currently, he is preparing for fieldwork working along with grassroots organisations.

Julia Nina Baumann, M.A. (j.n.baumann@fu-berlin.de; she/her) is a social and cultural anthropologist, currently pursuing her PhD on emotional experiences of ethnographers in academic work environments at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation (HBS)). Her work focuses mostly on Emotion & Affect, STS, Engaged/Activist & Public Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Refugee & Migration Studies, Critical border studies, Anthropology of Work and Research Supervision & Academic Peer Support.

 

Kim Fernandes is a joint doctoral candidate in Anthropology and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Their research interests include disability, quantification, digital cultures, childhood, education and identification in South Asia. Their doctoral dissertation lies at the intersections of anthropology, science and technology studies and disability studies, and is focused on the politics of knowledge production about the lives of people with disabilities in India. Kim's dissertation fieldwork has been supported by the Social Science Research Council's Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), the Taraknath Das Foundation's Marion Jemmott Fellowship, and Purdue University's Summer Writing Fellowship (SWF), as well as the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) and the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. 

 

Kimberly Hassel (she/her) is a PhD Candidate within the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University specializing in cultural anthropology and contemporary Japanese society. Her research interests include youth culture, digital culture, digital ethnography, identity formation, gender, and race and ethnicity. Kimberly’s dissertation, Mediating Me: Digital Sociality and Smartphone Culture in Contemporary Japan, focuses on the relationship(s) between Social Networking Services (SNS), smartphone ownership, and the (re)figuring of sociality and selfhood in contemporary Japan, particularly among youths. Her dissertation also delves into themes associated with digital ethnography, such as digital ethics and digital mediation in pandemic times. Kimberly’s fieldwork was sponsored by a Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Doctoral Fellowship, which also supported one year as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) at Sophia University. Kimberly’s research also centers on diaspora studies and critical mixed race studies. Her ongoing project examines media portrayals of mixed race identity in Japan vis-à-vis lived experience.

Rebecca Carlson is an Associate Professor of media anthropology at Toyo University in Japan. Her interest in the borders and bordering of disease and healthcare grew out of a parallel interest in the boundaries that shape the circulation of videogames and their fans. She has published most extensively on videogame localization, and her work has appeared in the journals Culture, Theory and Critique, Games and Culture (guest editor) and Transformative Works and Cultures (guest editor). Currently, she studies efforts to globalize basic science research in Japan.

Sarah Busch is a PhD student at the University of Freiburg. She holds a teaching degree in English and Spanish Philology and has studied at the University of Freiburg and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Her PhD project combines English Literary and Cultural Studies with Performance and Audience Studies. She researches how affective theatre experiences shape our understanding of text and performance, prioritizing the diverse voices of spectators over the opinions of old white male critics. Further research interests are queer and feminist writing, which she teaches at the University of Freiburg. She is also an active member of the English Department's drama group, where she has acted, directed and managed public relations.

 

Silas Udenze is a budding media/communication scholar with over 25 peer-reviewed publications (See: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_1wjwDwAAAAJ&hl=en). His latest publication, entitled Social Media in Nigeria’s Politics, was published as a book chapter in IGI Global Publishers, USA. Recently, he was awarded a fully-funded PhD Grant by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain, to pursue his doctoral study in media/communication. Silas earned a first degree in Mass Communication and a master’s degree in Media Arts. He researches social media as cyberspace for communication and interaction and its impact on diverse spheres of human endeavours. Besides, his research specialities also include health communication, development/behavioural change communication, public relations, advertising. In research, he believes that qualitative research methods are ideal in uncovering hidden thoughts and insights.

Suzanne Morrissey is a medical anthropologist eager to hear people’s stories of health and healing in pursuit of solutions to injustices and inequalities. Suzanne has a PhD in Anthropology and graduate certificate in Women's Studies from Syracuse University and is on faculty at Whitman College in Washington State, where she teaches Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies (Gender Studies and Race & Ethnic Studies) and advises students who are interested in the health professions. As both teacher and scholar, Suzanne invites herself, her students, and her research collaborators to challenge their assumptions about being, knowing and doing, disrupting what gets defined as familiar versus strange. Her long-term interests and work have been in maternal and child health, chronic illness, integrative medicine, public health program evaluation and applied ethnography – all of which influence the courses she teaches, particularly those on the politics of health and science, health narratives, and the embodiment of disease. Suzanne has co-produced the ethnographic film From Our Strength: Birth and Indigenous Politics in Cañar, Ecuador  and authored the ethnography Life Strategies: Motherhood, Poverty, and the WIC Program in Urban America. Together with her undergraduate students, Professor Morrissey has been working with the Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture in Portland, OR since 2013.

 

Zhenru Jacqueline Lin was a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and St John's College, University of Cambridge until July 2021. In August, Dr Lin becomes a Research Assistant Professor at the Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her dissertation sheds light on a historical-redress movement aiming at re-evaluating the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945) in contemporary China. Through an anthropological lens, her work examines the relationships between memory and heroism, civic engagement and volunteerism, along with charity and activism. She is now working on her first monograph based on her master's dissertation on gendered nationalism in Asia alongside a co-authored book with Dr Adam Yuet Chau on the constitution of modern China Polity. She has been invited to contribute as a reviewer by editors from New Media & Society and Memory Studies.