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Victoria K. Sakti
Research Group ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany



Victoria K. Sakti holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her doctoral research was a multi-sited ethnography of social trauma and repair in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. She grounds her approach in psychological anthropology, with research interests including emotion, memory and violence, and transnational and forced migration. She holds an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK and a BA in Psychology from Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia. Her new research examines the experience of ageing in protracted displacement.

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Annemarie Samuels
Assistant Professor Leiden University, the NetherlandsInstitute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology


Annemarie Samuels is an assistant professor at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. She has extensive ethnographic research experience in Indonesia on the topics of narratives, morality, care, HIV/AIDS and disaster and a broad interest in psychological anthropology, narrative studies, the anthropology of silence, phenomenology, and medical anthropology. Her monograph titled “After the tsunami: disaster narratives and the remaking of everyday life in Aceh” is forthcoming with the University of Hawai’i press.


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Jamie A. Saris
Senior Lecturer Maynooth UniversityDepartment of Anthropology



Jamie Saris is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, NUI Maynooth.  He has been working for more than twenty years in medical and psychological anthropology in Ireland, North America, and parts of Africa, where he has researched and made significant contributions to understanding such diverse issues as the social life of mental hospitals, the experience of major mental illness, colonialism and its aftermath, how poverty/structural violence structures the lifeworld of sufferers, health services research, drug use and abuse, and HIV risk and treatment.

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Irina Savu-Cristea
PhD candidate Freie Universität BerlinInstitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology



Irina Savu-Cristea is a PhD candidate in Anthropology, focusing on emotions and self-making practices among girls in a holistic school in Bali. She discovered anthropology “at home”, in Romania, where she graduated an Anthropology MA at SNSPA Bucharest. Since then, she completed the MA Research Training Program in Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin and became interested in developing collaborative research methods. Her projects revolve around life choices and emotions of high-school girls, while integrating social, cognitive and psychological anthropologies.

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Thomas Stodulka
Professor Freie Universität BerlinSocial and Cultural Anthropology



Thomas Stodulka is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, with a special focus on Psychological Anthropology, at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His work focuses on the interplay between affect, emotion, mental health and illness, stigmatization, and critical epistemologies. He conducted long-term fieldwork with street-related young men in Yogyakarta, Indonesia between 2001 and 2015 (Coming of Age on the Streets of Java, 2017), and he has directed international research projects on the role of affect and emotion in fieldwork and ethnography, envy in transcultural perspectives, and critical perspectives on interdisciplinary emotion research and big data. He is the co-founder of the Psychological Anthropology Section, German Anthropological Association.

Along with Dr. James Davies and Dr. Keir Martin, Dr. Thomas Stodulka founded this network (ENPA) in January 2018.