Students of the CREOLE programme 2008-2010

 

Flavian Bouchet
Flavian Bouchet

Flavian Bouchet, Lyon

I am french student in third year of anthropology in Lyon University. I am interested in the childhood anthropology, and I will approach it next year through courses in Stockholm and Vienna. This master will give me good reasons to improve my english, meet new peoples, and have new research perspectives in this domain.

 

 

Florence Menard, Lyon

I study at Lyon2 social and cultural anthropology in parallel with film studies, and I’m particularly interested in producing visual material in the aim of sharing a constructed vision of the world. I decided to work on the phenomenon of ethnicity in the political stances, or in witch measure the feeling of ethnicity is part of the formation of a political stance, and about the feeling of representing people by an ethnic way. Therefore I’m going to Stockholm to query the representation with visual anthropology studies, and then to study in Ljubljana political anthropology.

 

Florence Menard
Florence Menard
 
Florian Mazzocut
Florian Mazzocut

Florian Mazzocut, Lyon

I am a 22 year-old student in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University Lumière Lyon 2 ( France). My research project deals with the negociation of identity and cultures in the urban context, public areas appropriation, and impacts on the social life of audiovisual environment. I want to build my ethnographic work on audiovisual aid so I am very concerned on the Visual Anthropology. In the end, I want to be able to build documentaries and movies covering anthropological problematics. I will go for the second semester of 2009 to the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, and then, for the third semester to the Maynooth University.

 

 

Helena Dembsky, Ljubljana

I finished my undergraduate studies at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Ljubljana. My main topics of interest include migrations and transnationalism, as well as those concerning violence, war and child soldering in various countries of Africa. I tend to shift the widely present focus within anthropology of migration from majority societies’ discourses about migrants, and rather look at migrants’ perceptions of, and discourse about, majority societies, as I believe the topic remains under-problematised and under-researched. My ethnographic research will begin with a four-month fieldwork among African migrants in Berlin and continue with (African) migrants in Lyon, France, where I am going to complete the second year of the CREOLE programme.

 

Helena Dembsky
Helena Dembsky
 
Maja Novina
Maja Novina

Maja Novina, Ljubljana

My name is Maja Novina and I come from Slovenia, from a little village Lemberg at Nova Cerkev, near Celje city. Last year I graduated from Theology and now I work in a kindergarden in Ljubljana and I am also involved in the CREOLE programme. I am a very dynamic person and when I find some free time I work as a volunteer in organisation Sožitje – the National association for help of mentally disabled people in Slovenia. I also work in Slovenian army, spiritual maintenance (vikariat). My biggest love is writing poems, drawing, photography and travelling.

 

 

Marina Picciotto, Lyon

I am an Italian student and I have been living in France for two years. Before studying Anthropology, I obtained a Philosophy degree in Italy. Through the study of Anthropology I continued my interest in topics concerning the body, gender, politics and religion. Furthermore, I am very interested in the anthropology of performing arts. I try to connect my theoretical research to my artistic practice, and to consider how contemporary performing arts can be a form of transculturalism. I would really like to integrate these interests with the Creole Master, during which I will spend my second semester in Stockholm and the third in Barcelona. My main research will focus on a gender perspective of transnational migration.

 

Marina Picciotto
Marina Picciotto
 
Marta Brodzicka
Marta Brodzicka

Marta Brodzicka, Ljubljana

I am a 23 year old Polish student at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Ljubljana. In my research project I would like to focus on visual and popular culture. In my MA thesis I will analyze the impact of American cinematography on popular culture of both researched countries, namely Slovenia and Austria. I am planning to further investigate these topics during my second year of Creole Joint MA at the University of Vienna.

 

 
Pól O Beaglaóich
Pól O Beaglaóich

Pól O Beaglaóich, Maynooth

After completing a degree in History and Geography at NUI Maynooth I swapped disciplines on reaching postgraduate level to undertake the Creole Anthropology Masters. In order to better pursue my research interests in political anthropology, the project of European integration and the Western Balkans region I’m currently attached to Ljubljana University. My Master’s thesis revolves around a comparative study of the Bosnian Serbs and the Northern Ireland Unionists as the frontier peoples of empire.

 

 

Students of the CREOLE programme 2009-2011

 

Here you find a list of students who are attending the CREOLE programme 2009-2011. They are listed in alphabetical order of first names. We will try to complete the list soon.

(last changed by AK on 25/01/2011)

 
Alberto Gerosa
Alberto Gerosa

Alberto Gerosa, Ljubljana

I studied Social Sciences and Arts in Utrecht, Copenhagen and Milan, graduating with a documentary film about the cultural integration and perception of Chinese culture from the perspective of Italians living in Shanghai. Since 2007 I have been working as a documentarist in contexts such as China, Thailand, the Philippines, Kosovo, Bosnia and Italy. Whilst translating my own human experience into the narrative of a film I am obliged to leave things behind, cut whole arguments and make substantial choices which literally allow me to shape reality as I wish. How does an ethnographer's practice differ on those issues? In what ways is ethnography a crafted, fiction narrative too? Different epistemological and methodological assumptions are at stake when dealing with either filming or writing in anthropological research. In my project for CreoleI would like to deconstruct all the syntactical necessities of the language of a documentary, comparing them with the metaphors of ethnography, perhaps combing them, or putting them in conflict.

 

 

Barbara Muraus, Ljubljana

I am currently studying in Ljubljana at the department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. I am most interested in social design studies (anthropological aspect of design), design process, art/design studios, design of everyday things, creativity and aesthetics of (mundane) life. I will research the process, meanings and effects of design in correlation with (group) identity, cooperation, individualism, ideas (esp. their emergence), networks, technology, popular cultures and meanings for society. I will spend my final year of the Creole programme in Stockholm.

 

Barbara Muraus
Barbara Muraus
 
Helen McCarthy
Helen McCarthy

Helen McCarthy, Maynooth

My undergraduate was in psychology, philosophy and anthropology so I've come to the course with a fairly wide range of interests. I spent my first year in NUI Maynooth, where I really became interested in language, identity, migration and issues around citizenship. My research deals with the linguistic integration of migrants in Luxembourg and the ideologies that surround language use in multilingual environments. I'm spending my second year in Vienna.

 

 

Olaf Almqvist, Maynooth

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Sandi Abram
Sandi Abram

Sandi Abram, Ljubljana

During my undergraduate study of Social Informatics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, my interest got drifted in researching subcultures of graffiti and street art, especially upon incorporation of them in art, media and Internet context. My master thesis is imagined as a cocktail of issues/topics such as art, creativity, space/place, autonomous zones knitted in a case of a collective of craftsman that work and live in a squat. Hence, the research spectrum will be, among others, opening questions around urbanization, creativeness, identification. A great ambition of mine is to compare the situation among similar cases abroad.

 

 

Sertan Kiyan

I am student from Istanbul, studying at the University of Ljubljana. In my MA program I want to focus on identity construction, the influences of state’s social-economic policies on this formation, and how this construction is related to the current phenomenon of globalization in a broader context. Through this  I aim to dig up the mutual and complex relationship among identity and consciousness, and their effects upon every kind of political decisions (foreign policy, immigration policy, gender policies) and their reflections on everyday life.

 

Sertan Kiyan
Sertan Kiyan
 
Shannon Damery
Shannon Damery

Shannon Damery, Maynooth

I received my undergraduate in English with an emphasis in linguistics. I discovered an interest in Anthropology when I completed my senior seminar thesis on religion and its influence on Chinese nationalism. After graduation I spent two years doing social work before moving from the U.S. to Ireland to begin my studies at NUI Maynooth. I plan to research concepts of home among youth in sheltered housing and group homes.

 

 

Thérèse Lyons, Maynooth

I'm a 23 year old student studying in NUI Maynooth. My main interest is in medical and linguistic anthropology and I would like to work in combining the two together for my Masters thesis. I'm also really interested in pop culture and visual anthropology and I'm hoping that the masters will help me explore each interest in more depth. I hope to go to Lyon in my second year to carry out research for my Masters thesis.

 

Thérèse Lyons
Thérèse Lyons
 
Valter Cvijic
Valter Cvijic

Valter Cvijic, Ljubljana

I am currently a Creole student at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I am interested in a variety of research topics within social and cultural anthropology, such as globalization, late capitalism, violence, indigeneity, post-socialism and epistemology in anthropology as well as interdisciplinary dialogues, for example with Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Postcolonial Studies. My MA project is a study of cell biology companies, i.e. of commercial preservation and production of tissues and cells. Roughly speaking, I base my research on an ethnographic and theoretical analysis of notions that arise from the dialogue of anthropology and STS: biocapital, co-production, value, etc.

 

 

Vanashree Samant, Ljubljana

I was born in Bombay, a city in the process of shedding its colonial cloak and returning to its roots: Mumbai. In the mid eighties, my family immigrated to New York; I was three years old at the time. While growing up, Mumbai seemed distant and unfamiliar, revealing itself only through the memories and stories of my parents and the occasional summer vacations spent in the pampering care of my grandparents. I have always felt that I ought to know Mumbai better, for it is city where maternal grandfather came in search of a job, where my paternal great-grandfather minted his fortune, where my parents met and fell in love. I returned to this city by the sea nearly twenty years later, with the intention of discovering a place that felt so innately familiar. My thesis is the result of my days of trying to figure out and fit into the city of my birth. By focusing on a few, precise examples, I strive to understand how cultural and sociopolitical forces intermingle with urban lives and everyday experiences, making Mumbai unique.

 

Vanashree Samant
Vanashree Samant