Students of the CREOLE programme 2007-2009

Ajda Es, Ljubljana

Studying period at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana evoked a wide spectre of interests for minority and migration issues, critical, political and visual anthropology, especially documentaries, and cultural studies in urban areas. After short exchange period at the Universitat de Barcelona my research focus felt upon spatial politics, the struggles of individuals and the creation of temporary autonomous zones. In my master thesis I will examine the existing models of cultural institutional production in comparison with autonomous ways and possibilities of cultural creations, and as well the questions or solutions that they represent for an expressive and more free self.

 

Ajda Es
Ajda Es
 
Alexandra Wirobski
Alexandra Wirobski

Alexandra Wirobski, Vienna

I’ve finished my studies in Communication Science with a thesis about Audio Public Relations for the use in Austrian radio programs. After working fulltime for 1,5 years, I felt I wanted to continue studying and focus on areas that have been neglected before. Having mainly dealt with media communication and public relations, I am planning to get deeper into informal communication, especially among migrant groups, life in large cities (urban), with a focus on emerging new groups and how they form identities. My main foci in the Creole program are new identities and visual culture. The 2nd Creole year I will spend at the University of Ljubljana.

 

 

Anthony Kelly, Maynooth

Considering the thematic development in my research interests throughout the course of my prior BA in French and Anthropology, CREOLE appeared as both a logical and exciting progression, one wherein my studies have thus far already taken me to Stockholm and Lyon in the second and third semesters of the program. Working with the title "Psychodrama and the Objectified Textualised Self: Regulatory metadiscourse, prosthetic fictions, and the performance of online identity," my thesis seeks to demonstrate the manner in which, in the context of online social networking, the textualized self is routinely constructed by a semiotic process that confounds the dual roles of author and reader. My research shall further express the manner in which the mediation of human social life, as facilitated by the internet, introduces or expands the potential role of both asynchrony and absence as functional features of human social interaction.

 

Anthony Kelly
Anthony Kelly
 
Anze Tavcar
Anze Tavcar

Anze Tavcar, Ljubljana

I graduated at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Ljubljana. For my graduate work I explored an unusual religious community which uses a potent hallucinogenic drug, derived from a plant traditionally used in some parts of Africa, as a religious sacrament. This led me to consider several topics such as religious and general cultural syncretisms, anthropology of drugs, social marginalisation and exclusion, the role of internet as a group formation medium, and various others. Currently my interests are focused on the anthropology of work and leisure, popular culture theories, new forms of "orientalisms", and business applications of ethnographic approach in the service sector.

 

 

Darcy Pan, Stockholm

My research interest concerns key aspects of global mobility and migration. I am interested in understanding people’s movement in relation to international relations and global economy, national policy regimes, and migrants’ own perceptions and practices. My undergraduate thesis titled Cross-Border Hypergamy? The Paradox of Marital Mobility is a preliminary attempt to tackle these issues. I examined the political and economic contexts in which transnational marriages between Southeast Asian women and Taiwanese men transpire and how marriage migrants devise strategies to navigate through structural constraints embedded in immigration policy and social and cultural discrimination in society. I plan to further explore these dimensions of migration and mobility in Maynooth.

 

Darcy Pan
Darcy Pan
 
Eva Batista
Eva Batista

Eva Batista, Ljubljana

I am a 23-year old student at the department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. For my Master’s thesis I decided to research upon the field of anthropology of political violence. I am very much interested in examining the means of discrimination, repression and segregation upon minorities. Considering this I want to raise the question of the effect of politically violent discourse of the media and of other power structures on the identity of the repressed ones. My main focus is on the comparison of such issues between Slovenia and Northern Ireland.

 

 

Julia Bartl, Vienna

I´ve been studying Social and Cultural Anthropology for the last 3 years together with Oriental Studies as my 2nd subject . Within Anthropology I´m especially interested in processes of migration in the globalizing world and concepts of multiculturalism and transnationalism. In my master thesis I will focus on the above themes and deal with the effects migration shows in the field of education. The 2nd year of the Creole Joint Master I will study at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona where I want to deepen these topics in my empirical research.

 

Julia Bartl
Julia Bartl
 

Linus de Faire, Stockholm

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Lisa Brandes, Stockholm

Before starting this Master of Social Anthropology, I have been doing a Bachelor in European Studies in Maastricht, Netherlands. As I'm interested in the effects anthropology can take on (international) policymaking, I'd like to focus on transnational migration and identity issues -for now- in Europe. In my view it's important to find out about the actual problematic relationship of immigrant cultures to mostly Western Europe; in other words, why we talk about “failed integration” in our societies. Changing universities during the programme (2nd year choice: Vienna) will probably open my mind even more to these processes.

 

Lisa Brandes
Lisa Brandes
 
Monika Weissensteiner
Monika Weissensteiner

Monika Weissensteiner, Maynooth

After a BA in “scienze etno-antropologiche” from the University of Bologna with a thesis entitled "Pain: Experience and Representation. An Anthropological Perspective", I enrolled in Maynooth for this MA programme and am spending the 2nd year in Lyon and Barcelona. I am interested in a variety of research topics discussed within the umbrella term of medical anthropology and anthropology of the body, and also in anthropological approaches towards issues of violence in war and peacetimes.

My present research concerns itself with the meanings of production and utilization of medico-legal reports / psychological certificates, which are included as “expert reports” in the assessment of testimonial evidence within the asylum determination process. In particular, I focus on the work of non-governmental (mental) health service providers, which offer psycho-social assistance to victims/survivors of torture and increasingly are producing also documentation of torture for the purpose of substantiating asylum applications. I profit from the comparative dimension of this Joint-EU MA trajectory and will conduct two ethnographic case studies - Ireland and Spain – in order to situate potentially different local realities, conditions and implications of this practice, within the overall EU context of moves towards harmonization of asylum policy.

 

 

Pia Åhlberg, Stockholm

I am a Swedish-speaking Finn and a student at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. My broader research interests in anthropology lie in different kinds of minorities and indigenous people, and the impact of gender on social interactions. Issues regarding identity formation, migration, and the representation of people in ethnographic writing and in visual anthropology are of major concern to me. My master thesis will focus on immigrants who have entered the political arena and become visible activists in the society.

 

Pia Åhlberg
Pia Åhlberg
 
Sibylle Eberhard
Sibylle Eberhard

Sibylle Eberhard, Vienna

Currently I am a student of Cultural and Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies in my 3rd year at the University of Vienna and starting this autumn with my studies abroad at NUIM. As my research interest for my master thesis is about the changes in the material culture and lifestyle of the gipsy travelers in Europe I want to do my main fieldwork during the second semester at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona in Spain. My concern in Cultural & Social Anthropology is with Asia, material culture, anthropolgy of art and religion, interculturalism, multiculturalism and Gender Studies.

 

 

Stefan Wolf, Vienna

In my studies of social & cultural anthropology I am mainly dealing with visual culture, material culture, visual representation, general theories, popular culture, South Pacific and methods.
For my master thesis I have chosen a topic which includes some of these interests. I want to deal with dwelling, as an active social practice, theoretically grounded at the border of material culture and visual culture. My aim is to detect how visual surroundings, in a broader sense, are used in domestic space to display once self, in terms of a visual self- representation.

 

Stefan Wolf
Stefan Wolf
 
Tea Golob
Tea Golob

Tea Golob, Ljubljana

I am a student of ethnology and cultural anthropology at the University of Ljubljana. My main research interests are migration processes, transnational connections, changing identities and cultural pluralism. I am especially interested in remigration, particularly in analyzing life stories of migrant returnees within a wider social context. For my master thesis I would like to research Slovenian remigration in comparison to the situation in Ireland.