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MemberChristoph Lange

…University of Cologne Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology…

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.

MemberBruce O'Neill

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.

MemberJeremy Cohen

Jeremy Cohen’s ethnographic research focuses on communities and new religious movements seeking radical-longevity and immortality, as well as the historical and cultural framework of changing North American relationships to technology and death. Jeremy Cohen is currently ABD in the department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. He has presented his research at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR), and has given numerous guest lectures on transhumanism, immortality and the ethics of radical-longevity. His research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). B.A in Jewish Studies. M.A in Religious Studies, exploring digital mourning practices. 

MemberRevekka Kefalea

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.