MemberLeah Junck


For my PhD dissertation in Social Anthropology, I engaged with the role of dating applications like Tinder in establishing various kinds of intimacy. More specifically, the (digital) ethnography grapples with how the embedded mechanisms, politics as well as user perceptions influence patterns of relating. Beyond the ways in which digital technologies themselves are used, I am very curious about their potential sources of conflict and polarisation. Researching the fear of crime and surveillance strategies in suburban Cape Town for my Master degree, I also came to write about the role of WhatsApp groups in recycling information and cultivating notions of ‘a suspect’. My Honours dissertation on male refugees bridging precarity in Cape Town…
…Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town

2018 Feb – November 2020

Thesis Topic: Relationships facilitated via the dating application Tinder.

Master of Social Science (Distinction), Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town

2015 Feb – June 2016

Thesis Topic: Strategies of coping with the fear of crime in suburban Cape Town.

Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Distinction), Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town

December 2014

Thesis Topic: Strategies of bodily navigation of male refugees in Cape Town.

Bachelor of Social Science, Social Anthropology; African Language Studies and Literatures.

December 2013

First year of study at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Ma…

  I’m a Social Anthropology PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I also previously worked in journalism as well as at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. As a passionate ethnographer, I am interested in the digital in all its facets: its affordances, ethical entanglements and potential of conflict and polarisation. It is also important to me to encourage the inclusion of a broader range of Humanities scholars to contribute to DH discussions.

MemberRevekka Kefalea

… OF ATHENS, Greece (N.T.U.A.)
M.Sc.: ‘Architecture – Spacial Design’ – Direction: ‘Urban & Regional Planning’
Main subjects: Theories of planning | History of ideas regarding the city | Gender & space

B.Sc.: ‘Social Policy & Social Anthropology’ – Direction: ‘Social Anthropology’
Main subjects: Urban anthropology | Material Culture | Symbolic anthropology | Communities and identities | Identities and Memory…

I hold a B.Sc. in Social Policy and Social Anthropology from Panteion University (Athens, Greece), and a M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from National Technical University of Athens (Greece). On March 2021, I defended my second master’s thesis titled National Museums and Cultural Heritage in Europe: Origins, Transformations and Challenges in the Era of Open Access in the context of the Postgraduate Programme: Political Science and Sociology (University of Athens), and currently, I am waiting for the graduation process to be completed.   I am certified in cultural management and social entrepreneurship, and I follow the GLAM sector and its transformations closely, since my research interests focus on nationalism, material culture, cultural heritage, identity and memory politics.   Currently, I work as a project manager at Inter Alia, a civic NGO based in Athens Greece, where I conceptualise, manage and monitor the implementation of projects in relation to arts, (digital) culture, heritage, open access and civic engagement.   Also, I am actively involved in the open access movement, taking initiatives and participating in various events that aim at the engagement of the public with the expansion and creative reuses of the digital commons. My non-formal project GLAM Hack, which is hosted by Inter Alia, is such an initiative.

MemberCaroline Heitz

  I am an archaeologist working on prehistoric wetland sites and the archaeology of alpine spaces in the Circum Alpine region. I did my studies in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology, Archaeological Science, Social Anthropology and the History of Eastern Europe. Accordingly, I have a deep interest in inter- and transdisciplinarity research. In my PhD thesis titling ‘Ceramics beyond Cultures: A praxeological approach to mobility, entanglements and transformation in the northern Alpine space (3950-3800 BC)’, I combined different thing, action, cultural and social theories with qualitative and quantitative methods of archaeology and archaeometry. While this project aimed at inquiring the role of spatial mobility for transformations in Neolithic pottery production and consumption practices, my latest research is focussed on the mutuality of human-environment-relations.  

MemberChristoph Lange

I studied from 2004–2011 Social Anthropology and Middle East Studies at the University of Leipzig. With my first travels to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, I set my research focus on the Levant region within the Arab Middle East. From 2008–2012 I worked for the German state-funded Collaborative Research Center CRC 586 „Difference and Integration“ at the universities of Leipzig and Halle/Lutherstadt Wittenberg where I conducted my first ethnographic research about Bedouin representations in Syrian television dramas and Arab media discourses about authenticity. Since 2014 I am working as a doctoral researcher at the Research Lab “Transformations of Life” at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. My actual PhD-research project is about the breeding, standardization and circulation of Arabian purebred horses with an ethnographic focus on Egypt and Arab actors within the global breeding industry.

MemberNicolas Morales

…2015 – PhD in Anthropology and Communication, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (ongoing), Tarragona.

2012 MSc in Social Anthropology. Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Mexico, D.F.

2004 MD, University of Santiago, Chile….

I’m a PhD student in Anthropology at Rovira i Virgili University. I’ve developed qualitative research projects linked to indigenous mental health (Tarapacá, Chile), everyday violences against children in urban spaces  (Iztapalapa, Ciudad de México) and effects on the subjectivity of Relatives of Disappeared-Detainees confronted to forensic evidences (Paine, Chile). My current research project is about the psychiatric reform in Chile from a historical and anthropological perspective.

MemberBruce O'Neill

…Ph.D. Anthropology, Stanford UniversityM.A. Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford UniversityM.Sc. Cities, Space and Society, London School of EconomicsB.A. Sociology and Philosophy, Villanova University…

Bruce O’Neill is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and in the Center for Intercultural Studies at Saint Louis Unviersity. His ethnographic research explores the social and spatial dimensions of urban inequality, particularly in Bucharest, Romania, where he has conducted fieldwork since 2006. Professor O’Neill’s first book, The Space of Boredom: Homelessness in the Slowing Global Order (Duke University Press, 2017) uses boredom as a window into the cultural politics of displacement from the global economy. His next book project, The Roots of Urbanism, is an ethnography of subterranean Bucharest. With support from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the fieldwork examines the way post-socialist urban life unfolds underground in Metro stations, basements, and cemeteries, for example. Professor O’Neill’s research appears in such journals as Public Culture (27:2), Cultural Anthropology (29:1), Environment and Planning D (28:2), and a special issue of Ethnography (13:4), which he co-edited.