Expeditions is founded upon a vast network of enthusiasts that make our programs work each year. Information on the faculty joining us for the 2019 edition can be found through the links below. In completely random order.
But many, many more have joined us in the past and are now part of our Off the Beaten Track network. You can find them on this page.
Mirjam finished her Master in Social work and Social Policy at the Catholic University of Leuven. Due to her thesis she got in contact with Expeditions. During her stay on Gozo, she explored several topics within different fields. The first years she did cooperative fieldwork with another staff member about religion and identity on the Island. Next to this Mirjam did a brief research about the concept of time on the Island, ‘Gozo Maybe Time’. In the frame of her job in Belgium for the Center for Gastrology she looked into the social construction of a mealtime and the mealtime ethics. To do so, she did a whole summer of voluntary work in Saint Dominic Elderly Home in Victoria. As a result of these experiences, she developed a genuine interest in the anthropology of aging, and delved straight into it. Her love for the Island kept on growing and she decided to stay on Gozo. She is further interested in how religion manifests itself on the Island.
Adrian works at the University de Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile, where he studies food anthropology and symbolism. His interests point to traditional food in today's global world, observing the incorporation of new ways and the struggle to maintain original cultural values.He is a journalist and in the last few years, he developed a great interest in ethnography. Because of this reason he decided to start a Master's degree in Social Sciences, Heritage Mention. His experience while studying food on Gozo as a student in 2017 gave him new ideas and motivations for ethnographic study.
Erika is a linguistic anthropologist, trained at the University of Michigan and currently an associate professor of anthropology at Oberlin College. Her work, focused on sign languages, explores the flexible, multi-modal nature of communicative practices as well as the social factors that facilitate, limit, and are shaped by that flexibility. Her publications to date center on deaf sociality in Nepal and on transnational sign language literacy practices. In recent years she has launched a new project focusing on sensory strategies employed by Maltese and Gozitan deaf people within and outside of sign language-centered encounters. She is also working toward building a Lingwa tas-Sinjali Maltija (Maltese Sign Language) linguistic corpus. Participation in the fieldschool helps Erika develop her interest in graphic methods, as she finds that the representational affordances and challenges involved in producing drawings of linguistic encounters helps highlight their multi-sensory complexity. She is very fond of her flock of pet chickens.
Hannah is a graduate of the sociology and anthropology program at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. While in school, she primarily worked on projects regarding the development and manifestation of group identities, particularly within religious groups. She currently lives in Athens, Greece where she works as a research assistant and studies Southeast European Studies at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Hannah first came to Gozo as a student in 2015 and has returned as staff each year since. On the island, she studies food products as consumable symbols of collective identity.
The general research manager of Expeditions and program director of the summer school. As a researcher his main focusses are the anthropology of food, whilst also having a great interest in topics related to architecture and urban planning.
He obtained a variety of masters degrees at the University of Ghent (philosophy, ethics, academic education and urban planning) and has worked as a researcher for Expeditions since 2003.
Cole graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology, and minors in sustainability studies and philosophy. During his undergraduate work, he conducted ethnographic studies of community development projects, as well as food access and diet habits of university students. As a student at the field school in 2016, he researched Malta and Gozo’s fishing industry, and how it has been affected by governmental policy following Malta’s introduction into the European Union. His research interests include political ecology and medical anthropology, as it relates to environmental sustainability and public health. Cole is applying to graduate programs focused on public health, urban planning, and applied anthropology.
An a-disciplinary geographer who graduated at the university of Leuven, Belgium and worked at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium and the University of Urbino, Italy. His research interests are in political ecology, with a focus on agro-ecological innovation and land use regulation, and the geographies of diversities (in particular cultural and sexual diversity); he is very keen on methodological issues and discussions, and loves to experiment with graphics in academic research, from boredom-born research meeting droodles to graphic novels as a medium to communicate research findings.
Our Belgian-born research and field work mentor who gets lost between human geography and anthropology now and then. Her research interests include migration and mobilities, the anthropology of food and manifestations of difference and inequality in the organisation of space. She has carried out research on the savoury ‘pastizzi’ as cultural brokers on Gozo, and remains fascinated by stories of change on the island. Marjan stays up late for discussions about methodology, creative ways to share research findings and most other topics (given that they come with a late-night snack).
Xin has her Master’s Degree of Anthropology in Sun Yat-sen University. While in school, she did field work in a Sino-Burmese village in Yunnan Province of Southwest China, and focused on local ethnic minority, ethnic tourism and cross-border marriages. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant for an HIV-related project, focusing on social and ethical aspects of research on curing HIV. Having volunteered for 3 years in a LGBT NGO, she also engages in LGBT activism in China. Xin first joined Expeditions in Gozo as a student in the graphic anthropology field School in 2017, afterwards she took part in the summer school, to then finally join as a staff member in 2018. In Gozo, her research was on local LGBT NGO and she is has a great interest for graphic anthropology.