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Matthew Adams
Doctoral researcher Brunel UniversityDivision of Anthropology at the College of Business, Arts, and Social Science

Matthew Adams is a doctoral researcher employing psychological and cybernetic approaches to the experience of minorities and marginalized communities in China. Matthew’s research interests are in emergent technologies that affect sociality (AR/VR and ‘metaverse’, HCI, AI, and algorithmic systems in social media), the anthropology of emotion, visual and digital anthropology and sociology, and the use of psychoanalytic methods in social research. Since completing his master’s degree in psychological and psychiatric anthropology, Matthew has conducted research with virtual communities in VR, on massively-multiplayer video games, and on social media, and in the UK, US, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

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Amine Aktekin
Researcher & MA Student Istanbul UniversityDepartment of Anthropology (Social and Cultural)

Amine Aktekin is a researcher who is eager to understand memory politics in the context of intergenerational transition and spatial imagination with the help of fieldwork methodologies. Strongly believing in the motto of “taking people seriously”, she is much interested in social memory, memory politics, cultural transmission, and spatial imagination. Currently, she works for a research institute which is one of the considerable sector-based entities in Türkiye as a researcher and coordinator. 

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Lydia Maria Arantes
Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, University of Graz Honorary Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, University College London


Lydia Maria Arantes, Mag. Dr. phil., is interested in (textile) craft practices, material culture, anthropology of numbers, STS, sensory ethnography, ethno-psychoanalysis and reflexive ethnography. In her latest book she carves out sensory, material, mathematical, social, historical, economic and gender dimensions of contemporary knitting. Her next project will deal with the textile industry in western Austria, where she aims at looking into negotiations / reconciliations of digitisation and sustainability as well as emerging (practices of) knowledge in a rapidly changing field (of production).

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Yael Assor
Post-doctoral fellow University of HaifaDepartment of Anthropology

Yael Assor is an anthropologist who studies how culturally-dependent moral views shape healthcare policy-making procedures. Assor gained her Ph.D. at UCLA’s Department of Anthropology, where she studied how an ideal of “objectivity” as ethically appropriate conduct shapes the decisions made at the Israeli Public Committee for the Enhancement of the Medical Services Basket (known in Israel as Va’adat Sal Hatrufot). Currently, Assor is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Haifa’s Department of Anthropology, where she develops her new research on the ethical assumptions underlying the notion of “medical effectiveness” in cost-effectiveness analysis. Assor’s studies have appeared in leading anthropological and bioethical journals.

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Nadia Augustyniak
Postdoctoral researcher University of Helsinki, FinlandDepartment of Anthropology

Nadia Augustyniak is a postdoctoral researcher with the Irritation and Human Sociality Group at the University of Helsinki. She received her  PhD in anthropology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Her research has explored the expansion of mental health counseling services in Sri Lanka, tracing how ethical understandings of care, family ideologies, and gender and class relations shape therapeutic practice and its social effects. Her broader interests include family life and intimacy; material and social dimensions of well-being; morality and ethics; phenomenological anthropology; gender and labor; and feminist ethnography.

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Kathrin Bauer
Research Associate Freie Universität BerlinInstitute for Social and Cultural Anthropology


Kathrin Bauer is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. Her Ph.D. project examines attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in different Colombian communities to highlight the sociocultural embeddedness of the phenomenon. Among her research interests are neurodiversity, mental health, emotion regulation and neuroanthropology.

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Julia Nina Baumann
PhD Candidate Freie Universität Berlin – Institut für Sozial- und KulturanthropologieSocial and Cultural Anthropology


Julia Nina Baumann is a PhD candidate at Freie Universität Berlin. She studied in Munich, Augsburg and Berlin and is currently working on her dissertation project on emotional experiences of ethnographers in academic institutions at Freie Universität Berlin. She is founded by Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. Her research focus is on affect/emotion, public and activist/engaged anthropology, anthropology of work, mental health/wellbeing and refugeeness/migration. In her last research projects, she investigated exclusion and coping strategies of refugees in rural East Germany and Israel. Julia is also part of the DGSKA (AG Public anthropology) and ENPA-Junior-Faculty.

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Colette Berbesque
Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary AnthropologyDepartment of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton


Colette Berbesque is an evolutionary anthropologist with particular research interests in human ecology, the evolution of the hominin diet, and the evolution of cooperation, prestige, and hierarchy. For more than a decade, her research has included fieldwork with the Hadza of Tanzania, one of the last extant hunter-gatherer populations. Through analysis of behavioural data from the Hadza as well as from other hunter-gatherer groups, she investigates aspects of human evolution, including: strategies of food procurement and provisioning, cooperation, reputation, and sexual selection and gender.

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Giuseppe Bolotta
Contract Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) & Research Associate, Asia Research Institute’s Religion and Globalisation Cluster, National University of Singapore

Giuseppe Bolotta is a socio-cultural anthropologist and psychologist. He has conducted research in Thailand and Sierra Leone on marginalised childhoods, (religious) NGOs, and the cultural politics of child-focused humanitarianism. He is currently Contract Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Milano-Bicocca’s Department of Sociology and Social Research and Research Associate of the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute.

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Flavia Cangià
Post Doc Researcher Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)National Center of Competence in Research NCCR – On the Move


Flavia Cangià is Post Doc Researcher at the Institute of Psychology and Education of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) collaborating on a project on families in repeated geographical mobility as part of the National Center of Competence in Research NCCR – On the Move. She has conducted ethnographic and qualitative research in various contexts (Japan, Malaysia, Italy, Switzerland), and she is interested in migration and mobility, work transitions, imagination, sociocultural diversity, emotions, precarity, childhood and youth.​

NCCR – on the move | National Center of Competence in Research – The Migration-Mobility Nexus |

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Ariel Cascio
Postdoctoral researcher Institut de recherches cliniques de MontréalPragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit



Ariel Cascio is trained as an anthropologist and currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in pragmatic health ethics. Her research focuses on social issues related to autism spectrum conditions, especially identity, subjectivity, and biopolitics. She has conducted research on these issues in Italy, France, Germany, the US, and Canada. Dr. Cascio is currently based in North America, but she choosed to join the ENPA because most of her research has taken place in Europe (Italy, mostly).

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Julia Cassaniti
Associate Professor of Psychological and Medical Anthropology, Washington State University Visiting Associate Professor – Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University


Julia Cassaniti studies the psychology of mental health and religious culture in and across transnational Southeast Asia, with an ethnographic focus on Theravada Buddhist practice in Thailand. She is especially interested in processes of mental categorization, and the ways that people construct reality through shared categorical engagements, along with the implications these have for health and well-being. Her projects include a long-term study of change through the Pali concept of impermanence in Northern Thailand; a comparative ethnography of mindfulness’ global circulations across Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar; and an analysis of ghosts, affect, and the supernatural agency of interpersonal energies in Southeast Asia. New research will examine the cross-cultural psychology of cognitive heuristics involving attention and perception, along with continued work on social patterns and reality-construction. Dr. Cassaniti is the author of Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community (Cornell U. Press, 2015); Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia (Cornell U. Press, 2018); and Universalism Without Uniformity: Explorations in Mind and Culture (U. Chicago Press, 2017).

Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia (2018) and Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community (2015) are available at here. Universalism Without Uniformity: Explorations in Mind and Culture (2017) can be found here.

A recent podcast on Remembering the Present is now available here.

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Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo
Sociocultural anthropologist Humboldt University BerlinInstitute of Asian and African Studies



Rosa Cordillera Castillo is a Filipina sociocultural anthropologist. Her dissertation (2017, FU Berlin), an ethnography of Maguindanaon adherents of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Southern Philippines, explores the workings of imagination in the formation of subjectivities and in the (un)making of the Bangsamoro imagined community by giving attention to imagination’s links with memory, temporality, emotions, and action. Her current research among Filipino supporters of Rodrigo Duterte, Alternative für Deutschland, and Donald Trump in the Philippines, Germany, and the United States respectively, looks at how social categories are conceptualized, discussed, and deployed by these Filipinos in their understandings of, and stances towards, certain pressing issues in the Philippines and in their countries of residence abroad.


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Tirthankar Chakraborty
Doctoral researcher Freie Universität BerlinInstitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Tirthankar is pursuing Dr. phil. in Anthropology at the Freie Universität, Berlin theorizing the institutionalisation of fear in a democracy to create a subservient citizenry, using the analytical framework of political affect. He has an MA in English and an MA in South Asian Studies (specializing in Anthropology and Politics). At Heidelberg (Germany), he devised a survey and intervention to address sexual harassment and assault at the university space. He has worked with suppressed groups across rural and urban India for over five years through research, advocacy and rights-based empowerment.

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Liana Chase
Doctoral candidate SOAS University of LondonAnthropology



Liana Chase is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at SOAS University of London and hold a M.Sc. in social and transcultural psychiatry from McGill University. Her research is situated at the intersection of anthropology and psychiatry, engaging ethnographic methods to generate insights into processes of suffering, healing, and care in humanitarian settings. Her current research looks at the post-earthquake mental health response in Nepal.

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Yu-Chun Chen
PhD candidate, Social-Anthropology Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary AnthropologyDepartment of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton


Yu-Chun Chen embarks on a PhD program in social anthropology at the University of Roehampton, with a project of ‘Become and becoming a dancer: the ethnography of the Taipei Dance Circle’. Before this PhD degree, she studied Sociology for eight years in the Universities in Taiwan. She was also an editor for Renlai Monthly magazine from 2010 to 2013 which concerning on the cultural, social and spiritual issues in Asia and throughout the world. |

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Dimitri Chubinidze
Ph.D. Department Head Scientific Research & Development Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, GeorgiaFaculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences



Dimitri Chubinidze received his Ph.D. in psychological anthropology from Tbilisi State University (“Georgian Proverbs & Cultural Models of Adaptive Behavior, 2018).  During his dissertation project, D. Chubinidze was trained in psychological anthropology at Emory University and UC San Diego.

Dimitri Chubinidze’s research interests include the study of theoretical and methodological issues of cultural cognition with a central focus on cultural models of person and action, ritualized behavior, problem-solving and adaptive behavior strategies, metaphorical reasoning, meaning-making, theory of mind, psychology of set (Einstellung) and extrospection.

He teaches courses on Intro to Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Cultural Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, Attitude Theory, Social and Evolutionary Psychology.

Currently, Dimitri Chubinidze is the head of the Scientific Research & Development Department at the faculty of psychology & educational sciences, TSU; Invited lecturer at Tbilisi State University, Free university of Tbilisi and Agricultural University of Georgia; member of the working group Study of Psychological Set & Attitude Correction at Tbilisi State Medical University and the executive manager of the international Georgian Psychological Journal.

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Tiffany Cone
Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Zayed University Abu Dhabi, UAECollege of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Tiffany Cone is an anthropologist and filmmaker from New Zealand with experience conducting research and producing documentaries in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. Her primary research areas are psychological anthropology, visual anthropology and pedagogy in higher education. Her research in psychological anthropology focuses on cross-cultural understandings of consciousness, subjectivity and the self. Dr. Cone is currently exploring how Eastern process philosophy (specifically Buddhism and Daoism) could impact understandings of consciousness within psychological anthropology.

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Jessica Cooper
Lecturer School of Social and Political Science, University of EdinburghDepartment of Social Anthropology


Jessica Cooper is a psychological, medical, and political anthropologist who is interested in the connections among care, ethics, and justice. Her current research is set in sites of criminal justice reform, mental health clinics, and homeless encampments in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she explores emergent ethics in relationships between staff and clients. Jessica’s research and teaching engage questions of affect, care, and ethics; madness, psychoanalysis, and critical psychiatry; liberalism, punishment, and the state; critical theory; and ethnographic methods and modes of representation.


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Florin Cristea
PhD candidate, Student Assistant Freie Universität BerlinDepartment of Social and Cultural Anthropology


Florin Cristea is a PhD candidate at the Insitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. His current research combines methods and epistemologies stemming from psychological and medical anthropology and focuses on the emotional dimension of mental illnesses. In his previous work he surveyed diagnostic uncertainty and clinical experience. He has conducted a six-month research in a psycho-social reintegration center in Romania, and a three-month research in a mental hospital in Tanga, Tanzania. He is a member of the working group Psychological Anthropology of the German Association of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

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Jason Danely
Senior Lecturer of Anthropology Oxford Brookes University



Jason Danely is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. He studied psychological anthropology under Spiro, D’Andrade and Parish at the UC, San Diego, where he became interested in ritual and subjectivity in old age. His first book, Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan (2014, RUP), argues Japanese cultural narratives of loss provide symbolic structures for grieving against the backdrop of demographic change. Jason’s current research projects include compassion and family caregiving and post-carceral elderly care.

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James Davies

James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a D.Phil in Social and Medical anthropology. He is a Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health at the University of Roehampton and a qualified psychotherapist. His books include The Making of Psychotherapists: an anthropological analysis, and the bestseller Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. He edited Emotions in the Field: the psychology and anthropology of fieldwork experience and The Sedated Society: the causes and harms of our psychiatric drug epidemic. He is co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (

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

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Victor de Munck
Professor Vilnius University – Institute of Asian and Transcultural StudiesAnthropology

Victor de Munck is a professor of anthropology at Vilnius University in the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies. He has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Lithuania, Russia, and the U.S.  He has used an ecological/cognitive approach in his research.  For the last twenty years, his focus has been on romantic love in cross-cultural and ethnographic perspectives and across a straight, gay, and polyamorous spectrum.  He is deeply interested in cultural model theory and methods.

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Leandro Durazzo
Anthropologist (PhD) – Postdoctoral Researcher Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)Graduate Program in Psychology

Leandro Durazzo holds a PhD in Anthropology (UFRN, Brazil) and researches Indigenous Ethnology, territoriality, ritual, language revitalization, education and traditional practices. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UFRN’s Program in Psychology, working on territorialities, traditional peoples and health policies. He is also a coordinator for obPALA (the Observatory for Latin American Environmental Psychology, UFRN). As a UNESCO consultant (2021-2022), he developed a diagnosis on Indigenous health in Rio Grande do Norte, a work envised to further design public policies.

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Jonas Ecke
Anthropology Researcher Freelance

Dr. Jonas Ecke, scholar-practitioner in the field of humanitarian aid, is a trained anthropologist. He received his PhD in Anthropology at Purdue University in the United States. Dr. Ecke’s current research focuses on the psychological changes that occur during the post-return integration of refugee returnees in Liberia, West Africa. He has also gathered extensive work experiences with international humanitarian aid organizations in several African countries (e.g. CARE in Ghana, Mentor Initiative in Liberia and Everyday Peace Indicators project in South Sudan).”

Dr. Jonas Ecke said: “I should mention that my research on (the continuities and discontinuities) in trauma following displacement is only just beginning.  My previous research was on discontinuities and discontinuities in religious changes in exile and following the repatriation.  I want to bring these religious theories into conversation with psychological findings on continuities and discontinuities following traumatic experiences”.

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António Fonseca
Associate Professor Catholic University of PortugalCentre for Research in Human Development (CEDH-UCP)

António Fonseca is a Portuguese psychologist and became associate professor of Psychology at the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) after his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Porto (Portugal). He is a member of the Centre for Research in Human Development (CEDH-UCP) and a consultant for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. His areas of interest are human development, the psychology of aging, psychological well-being and counseling, health and quality of life. He believes that enhancing ageing in place responses is a major challenge for society addressing the needs of older people based on where they live.

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Leberecht Funk
PostDoc Researcher Freie Universität BerlinSocial & Cultural Anthropology



Leberecht Funk holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His work focuses on childhood & socialization, emotion & affect, social relations, indigenous cosmologies, personhood, and the life course. He has conducted long-term fieldwork among the indigenous Tao people on Lanyu island (Taiwan) from 2010-2011 (Society, Cosmology and the Socialization of Emotion among the Tao in Taiwan, 2020). His new research explores the role of caregiving in attachment formation.

Recently published:

  1. Society, Cosmology, and Socialization of Emotion among the Tao in Taiwan. PhD dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin
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Vladimer Lado Gamsakhurdia
Assistant professor of Psychological anthropology Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University , GeorgiaDepartment of Psychology



Vladimer Lado Gamsakhurdia has obtained PhD degree in psychological anthropology from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2016 and has been holding the position of assistant professor there ever since.

Vladimer Gamsakhurdia worked as a visiting research fellow at the universities of Luxembourg, Aalborg, Fribourg, Basque Country and at CHD department, at the university of Chicago.

His research is focused on the idea of dialogicality, sociocultural changes and ‘Self’s’ adaptation to it. He is currently concentrated on the development of the theory of proculturation.

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Barbara Götsch
Researcher Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences



Barbara Götsch holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology and an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Vienna, and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialised in the anthropology of learning and cognition. Her research interest is in anthropology of mind (especially “theories of mind”), human sociality and narrative. Her PhD research centred on social cognition in a work setting in Morocco, where she explored co-workers’ mentalizing behaviour. Currently she pursues this interest in the form of imaginings of convivial futures in urban Southeast Asia. Barbara recently also turned to psychoanalytic perspectives on mentalizing and is interested in psychotherapeutic encounters. Her ethnographic work includes fieldwork in North Africa (Morocco), urban Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore), and Europe (Austria).

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Anne Sigfrid Grønseth
Professor Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, LillehammerSocial Anthropology


Anne Sigfrid Grønseth is Professor in Social Anthropology at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer, where she directs the Research Migration and Diversity Studies. Lost Selves and Lonely Persons: Experiences of Illness and Well-Being among Tamil Refugees in Norway (2010) is her major work. Her research has expanded to include asylum-seekers and child care protection services with concern for belonging and wellbeing, self and personhood, dwelling and being, rituals and performance, while also engaging methodology and modes of knowledge. These interests are represented in her edited volumes The Ethics of Knowledge Creation (2017, with Lisette Josephides), Being Human, Being Migrant (2013), and Mutuality and Empathy (2010, with Dona Lee Davis).

Editor of Nordic Journal of Social Research (NJSR)

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Anton Gumenskiy
Visiting Lecturer Moscow School of Social and Economic SciencesMedia Studies


Anton Gumenskiy is an independent media scholar. His academic interests lie where Media Studies, Anthropology and Psychology intersect. He focuses on the fields of Media Ecology and Slow Communication. His ongoing research project is ‘The Diaries of Silence’ experiment in which the participants abstain from using gadgets, digital services, and oral speech for seven days, and record their experiences in self-observation diaries. Among other things, these diaries demonstrate the crucial role of media in relations with the Self, and the paradoxical status of Silence.

Previously, Anton was a lecturer in Media Studies, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University (2010-2022) as well as a lecturer in Social and Cross-Cultural Communications, Faculty of International Journalism, MGIMO University (2008-2020).

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Sibel Aksu Güngör
Senior Researcher, PhD. PUHU Research and Consultancy


Sibel Aksu Güngör received her Ph.D. degree at Yeditepe University, Turkey. In her dissertation, she discussed the relationship between cognitive processes, culture, and the material world. She is a lecturer in Psychological and Cognitive Anthropology. She is the founder of PUHU Research and Consultancy ( PUHU develops projects that offer solutions with the awareness of the relationship between cognitive processes and social issues. The team of PUHU produces interdisciplinary content that contributes to the fields of anthropology, psychology, and coaching.

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Angélica Gutiérrez
Asociación Autismo Sevilla (Spain) and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla)

Angélica Gutiérrez González is Social Worker, Social and Cultural Anthropologist, Máster in Social Sciences and Social intervention and got a Ph.D. in Social Sciences. Her research is in the field of Medical Anthropology, Critical Autism Studies, Disability Studies and Neurodiversity. Lately, she is very interested on the intersections between autism, gender and poverty.


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Hazaz-Berger Hagar
PhD candidate The Hebrew University of JerusalemDepartment of Sociology & Anthropology



Hagar Hazaz Berger is a Ph.D candidate at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. She is also a Lecturer at the Occupational Therapy School at the Hebrew University and at College of Management Academic Studies and nursing Schools. She is interested in meaning, identity, protest, searching for meaning, everyday life, suffering, and emotions.

Her current research project is searching for meaning and identity construction during social protest. Hagar is a co-founder of the Israel Psychological anthropology section in the Israeli Anthropological Association and a co-editor of the Israeli sociological Association newsletter.

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Amir Hampel
Junior Fellow Southern University of Science and Technology, ChinaSociety of Fellows in the Liberal Arts



Amir Hampel received his PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Comparative Human Development in 2017. His research has focused on young professionals in China who are studying public speaking and social skills. This work analyzes self-help psychology in the context of rapid social change, and the role of a globalizing self-help in local cultural politics. He is now studying therapeutic massage for children in China. This project asks how various experts produce knowledge about children’s psychosocial development.

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Edda Heyken
Research Associate Freie Universität BerlinInstitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, CRC 1171 Affective Societies


Edda Heyken is a Doctoral Researcher working in the anthropological-psychiatric project “Affective Efforts of Migration: South and North Vietnamese Lifeworlds in Separated and Reunified Berlin” at the in the CRC “Affective Societies” at Freie Universität Berlin. In her doctoral thesis, she addresses the question of how affects influence memory-making processes as well as non-/belonging in the lives of elderly South Vietnamese refugees in Berlin. Her research interests encompass memory and silence from a psychological anthropological perspective.

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Gil Hizi
(PhD) 高樂, Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow University of CologneGlobal South Study Center


Gil Hizi is a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow in anthropology in the Global South Study Centre at the University of Cologne (PhD University of Sydney, 2018). He studies social change in China with the focus on concepts of personhood, interpersonal ethics and emotions. His field research has been mostly based in psychotherapeutic centres and extracurricular programmes of personal development. Gil has published his work in journals of Anthropology and Asian Studies, including Ethos, Social Analysis, Asian Studies Review, and Hau.

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Andrew Hodges
Academic Editor and Translator



Andrew Hodges runs an editorial and translation business in the UK. He had a former career as a social anthropologist. His areas of expertise include the anthropology of football fan cultures, and the post-socialist transformation of work in Serbia and Croatia. He translates from Croatian, German, and Spanish into English. He is a transactional analysis trainee interested in psychotherapy, and has worked as research project evaluator for the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA).

For ENPA, Andrew is the person in charge with the IT/Web & mailing list.

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Mirjam Holleman
Anthropologist University of AlabamaBiocultural Medical anthropology PhD. 2019

Using a novel approach to existing methods in cognitive anthropology, Mirjam Holleman developed an intra-culturally sensitive yet cross-culturally replicable and comparative way of measuring attitudes toward people with physical disabilities in order to assess the social integration of this group in the mental maps of non-disabled citizens and in society. Her field research in Poland provides a pilot study for these methodologies, which she hopes to apply on a larger and more comparative scale in other regions throughout Europe.

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Kevin Hong (洪泽)
PhD. Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of MacauResearch Associate in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University


Kevin Hong is currently an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Macau, and is interested in human behavior and culture from evolutionary and cognitive perspectives. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grinnell College, a master’s degree in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Human Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. Research-wise, he uses methodologically diverse approaches (e.g., theoretical modeling, quantitative analysis of historical data, ethnographic fieldwork) to study human behavior and culture from rainmaking to gambling, with special attention paid to information processing at the individual level and information transmission at the population level. His publications appear in diverse journal venues such as Current Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Behavior and Brain Sciences, Human Nature, Human Ecology, Religion, Brain & Behavior, Journal of Theoretical Biology, and Cognitive Science.

Keywords representing his interest: Cultural Evolution; Evolutionary Anthropology; Evolutionary Psychology; Cognitive Science


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Janis H. Jenkins
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry | President Elect, Society for Psychological Anthropology | Director, Center for Global Mental Health University of California, San DiegoDepartments of Anthropology and Psychiatry


Professor Janis H. Jenkins is a psychological anthropologist who has worked in the field throughout her academic career.  She has conducted research on the primacy of lived experience in relation to cultural orientation, structural violence, emotion, gender, and mental illness.  She has theorized the centrality of struggle, rather than symptoms, for “extraordinary conditions” of psychosis, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Within the U.S., she is currently President-Elect of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.  For more information and publications:

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Rosie Jones McVey
Research fellow University of ExeterWellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health



Dr. Rosie Jones McVey uses ethnography to study the diverse ways that people make sense of their own, and other minds. Her PhD (Cambridge University, 2019) investigated human relationships with horses, and particularly, people’s understanding of ‘mindedness’ as part of their ethical relationships with horses. She emphasized the ethical challenges that accompany ‘partnerships’ built without verbal language, and she highlighted the importance of representationalist theories of mind amid riding projects, bucking the trend of multispecies ethnography by leaving horses conspicuously absent from her account (her monograph is Human-Horse Relations and the Ethics of Knowing, Routledge, 2023). Dr. Jones McVey then took up a Junior Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge, investigating equine-assisted therapies for UK Youth, and took forward her interest in ethics and representationalism. She has written papers about the ethical/political portrayal of young people’s goals, voices, and ‘outcomes’. She also has an interest in the way judgments, values, and responsibilities shape and are shaped by physical space. Dr. Jones McVey now studies ‘The Moral Terrains’ of Green Social Prescribing, on a Wellcome Trust Early Career Fellowship, based at the University of Exeter – project details here:

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Suzana Jovičić
Post Doc University of ViennaDepartment of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Suzana Jovičić studied Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology (MSc) at the Brunel University, London and received her PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna with a dissertation situated within digital/design and psychological anthropology and based on an ethnographic study among Viennese youths. She specializes in digital technologies, persuasive design and collaborative and interdisciplinary research. She is currently a post-doc and lecturer at the University of Vienna.

Suzana is ENPA co-convenor.

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Hyang-Jin Jung
Professor Seoul National UniversityDepartment of Anthropology



Hyang-Jin Jung received her 2001 in cultural anthropology from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. Her research interests lie in the intersection among culture, self, and emotion, with U.S. and the two Koreas as her primary anthropological sites. Her ongoing research projects include the emotional culture of the postmodern American society, the psychocultural underpinnings of the North Korean statehood and society, and education and the socialization of affect in South Korea.

Editor, Korean Anthropology Review |

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Anni Kajanus
Assistant Professor University of HelsinkiSocial and Cultural Anthropology



Anni Kajanus is an Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. Her research explores human cooperation, competition and conflict in China and the UK. A social anthropologist, Anni has also trained in experimental methods at the Department of Psychology, Harvard. Her work combines methods and approaches from anthropology and developmental psychology, to ground research in an in-depth understanding of children’s learning environments, while adding systematic elements that enable comparisons across age groups and populations; and to produce questions and findings that have bearing across cognitive and social sciences.

Link to work profile:

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Ward Keeler
Professor University of TexasDepartment of Anthropology



Ward Keeler‘s research interests focus on the tenor of social interaction in three Southeast Asian societies: Central Java and Bali (both in Indonesia), and lowland Burma. He is particularly interested in the interface of psychology and anthropology with respect so notions of the self, gender, and hierarchy. Currently, professor Ward is also a fellow at Hansewissenschaftskolleg in Delmenorst.

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Julia Khan
Researcher, PhD. Seoul National UniversityDepartment of Anthropology


Julia Khan earned her Ph.D. in anthropology, presenting research at the crossroads of nationalism, self, and emotion, centered on an urban post-Soviet Kazakhstan school. Her focus was adolescent socialization into a national identity through emotional education and tacit politics of emotion within teacher, parent, and student relationships. Her work expanded scholarship on post-Soviet nation-building, revealing affective discourses and their implications for post-Soviet belonging and state-making. Beyond Kazakhstan, her interests span emotion, personhood, affective education, school ethnography, morality, post-socialism, and the state, reflecting a comprehensive approach to understanding individual experiences in the post-Soviet context.

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Eleni Kotsira
Senior Social Researcher Alma Economics



Eleni Kotsira holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews (UK) and a First-Class Honours BA in Social Anthropology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece).

Since March 2021, Eleni works as a Senior Social Researcher at Alma Economics, an organisation advising governments and charities on policies and services to help the most vulnerable, where she leads an amazing team of Social Researchers. She also serves as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for all research activities undertaken by the organisation.

Eleni is also a poetry editor with Otherwise Magazine, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and a founding member of the Association of Social Anthropologists Greece.

Currently she sits on the ENPA Task Force on Public Psychological Anthropology (November 2023 – July 2024).

You can find out more about Eleni’s research and professional expertise, as well as publications and other outputs here:

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Sudarshan R. Kottai
Assistant Professor Indian Institute of Technology PalakkadDepartment of Humanities and Social Sciences

Trained as a  clinical psychologist, Dr. Sudarshan R. Kottai’s research thus far has investigated everyday narratives and practices of mental health care and chronicity constructed by official discourses of state and biomedicine. Informed by the politics, history and philosophy of psy disciplines, grapples with questions of philosophical interest in mental health care like why mainstream mental health academia/research/ practice primarily engage in “mirroring” the world rather than in  “world-making”. His upcoming book is titled  Mental health and critical community care: Perspectives from India. (Web:

Recent publication: Kottai, S.R & Ramprakash,R (2023). Evolving jurisprudence on conversion therapy: Reconsidering ethics in mental health systems. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.

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Naomi Leite
Reader in Anthropology SOAS, University of LondonDepartment of Anthropology

Naomi Leite is a Reader in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. A psychological and cultural anthropologist, her work focuses on identity, identification, belonging, and exclusion across domains and scales of sociality, from the interpersonal to the institutional to the most abstractly imagined. She has a strong interest in cultural logics and modes of reasoning, lived experience, and the social, cultural, and intersubjective constitution of self, especially in relation to prevailing systems of social classification. Much of her work has explored these themes in tourism encounters, a context ripe for alternative expressions of self and enactments of transcultural (dis)identification. All of these topics come together in her first book, Unorthodox Kin: Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging (University of California Press, 2017), winner of the 2018 Stirling Prize for Best Publication in Psychological Anthropology. She also co-edited The Ethnography of Tourism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019) and is the winner of the Bruner Book Prize, Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group, American Anthropological Association, 2020.

Her new research, a comparative project involving sites in three countries, turns to informal sociality, belonging, and exclusion in tacitly or explicitly “inclusive” institutions—therapeutic communities, counterextremist youth programs, retreat centers—with an eye to differing models, experiences, and outcomes of “inclusion,” as well as institutional and interpersonal mechanisms that foster or hinder its fruition. Dr. Leite also has ongoing projects in the areas of rationality and metacognition; cultural logics and enactments of kinship and peoplehood; and intersubjectivity and vulnerability in ethnographic practice.


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Natashe Lemos Dekker
Anthropologist (PhD) Leiden UniversityInstitute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Dr. Natashe Lemos Dekker is an anthropologist based at the University of Amsterdam. Her work focuses on death and dying, end-of-life care, loss, and aging, and dynamics of time and future-making. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, in which she studied time and value at the end of life with dementia in the Netherlands. Her work has been published in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Death Studies, and Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, among others. She was a visiting scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Université de Montréal and was a board member of the Medical Anthropology Europe Network (2017-2023). Currently, she is the PI of the Dutch Research Council funded project ‘Grief Politics: COVID-19-related loss and collective action in Brazil.’

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Kenneth William Little
Associate Professor York University – Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional StudiesDepartment of Anthropology

Kenneth Little is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at York University, Toronto. Most generally his research focuses on the critical turn in anthropology to affect, social creativity, and performativity. Currently, he is conducting long-term research on the rise of the tourist state in Belize. His work attends to how tourism becomes a significant modality through which contemporary everyday life in Belize is organized and how tourist encounters open imaginative spaces that stimulate new subject productions, highlight new aspects of social relations and interactions with nature that actively ensure new “fantasies of becoming.” He is also committed to developing a generative poetics of tourism encounter that understands writing as inseparable from our engagement in the world; writing ethnography as an occurant art. Favouring a non-representationalist, assemblages, productivist-materialist approach to critical tourism studies, as a way of augmenting a dialectical, representationalist one, means developing ethnographic work in tourism studies that is meant to engage the anthropology of tourism with a literature that it mostly doesn’t think with, namely critical post-humanist debates concerned with how encounters “matter” and how matter is thought and constituted through entanglements, refrains, knots, and figures of human and non-human bodies, affects, objects, and practices. He most recently completed a book on this subject entitled On the Nervous Edge of an Impossible Paradise: Affect, Tourism, Belize, Berghahn Books 2020.

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John Loewenthal
Lecturer in Education Keele UniversityENPA Co-Convenor




John Loewenthal is an anthropologist with experience based at universities in the UK, USA, and Mexico. His PhD thesis was entitled, ‘Aspirations of university graduates: an ethnography in New York and Los Angeles’. His research interests include aspirations, searches for meaning, higher education students, the life course, lifelong learning, existential anthropology, and counselling and psychotherapy. John is currently studying for a Diploma in Relational Counselling and is engaged in a therapy placement in London, where he lives.

Link to work profile is here:

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Joseph Long
Research and Policy Lead Scottish Autism




Joe Long leads a programme of applied research in services for autistic people in Scotland. His research concerns the ways that autism knowledge is generated and mobilized, and how clinical, policy, and practice discourses shape the experience of autistic people. Joe is committed to collaborative ethnography that meaningfully involves supported autistic people and support practitioners. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen and was previously a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

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Agita Lūse
Assistant Professor /Acting Researcher Riga Stradiņš UniversityMSc program in Social Anthropology, Faculty of Communication

Agita Lūse holds a Ph.D. from University of Bristol and specializes in medical and psychiatric anthropology. She has conducted research on such topics as westernization of Latvian psychiatry, patient advocacy organizations, the social aspects of psycho-social ill health and disability as well as popular genealogical practices and history of ideas. Among her publications are more than 50 scholarly papers. Agita has been teaching, among others, MSc-level courses “Disability: representations, experience, and public policy” and “Understanding madness”.

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Ivana Maček
Associate Professor Stockholm UniversityDepartment of Social Anthropology



Ivana Maček is Associate Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, and a licensed psychotherapist. Since 1990s, she has done research, written, and lectured on mass political violence in Bosnia and Hercegovina, comparative genocide, anthropological methods with special focus on the non-symbolic communication, engagement of Swedish professionals in global warzones, as well as memory and intergenerational transmission of war experiences within Bosnian families in Sweden. Her major international publications are Sarajevo Under Siege (PENN 2009), and Engaging Violence (Routledge 2014).ček

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Keir Martin
Associate Professor University of OsloSocial Anthropology



Keir Martin is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. He conducted fieldwork on social stratification in Papua New Guinea and is author of the 2013 monograph The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots. He is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is currently completing an edited volume on Psychotherapy and Anthropology to appear with Karnac Books.

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

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David Mosse
Professor, Fellow of the British Academy SOAS University of LondonDepartment of Anthropology & Sociology



David Mosse is a Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS with current research interests in the anthropology of mental life, distress and survival, and in mental healthcare systems, therapeutic practices and public policy in the UK and South Asia. This includes ethnographic and public engagement in approaches to psychiatric crisis and suicide prevention across cultures.

He is currently involved in Open Dialogue as a model of mental healthcare as practitioner and ethnographer. At SOAS he teaches modules on Mind, Culture & Psychiatry.

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Matyáš Müller
Researcher National Institute of Mental HealthSocial Psychiatry



Matyáš Müller takes part in several projects in the NIMH, currently being mostly involved in the project Destigmatization which is a part of the reform of the mental health care in Czech Republic. He used to work in a community mental health care facility where he also conducted research for his master thesis. He studied general anthropology in Prague, psychological and psychiatric anthropology at Brunel University in London and did his Ph.D. studies at a Faculty of Science at Prague – program philosophy and history of science. His areas of interest include: I. broader cultural, historical and philosophic context of psychiatry, II. the subjective experience of people with mental illness (what metaphors including religious they use to understand it, what it existentially means for them and what resources for recovery they find), III. interaction of Western mental health care practices and non-Western/alternative healing methods. Apart from that, he is in the psychotherapeutic training – body-oriented school.

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Marjorie Murray
Associate Professor of Anthropology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Principal Researcher at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research CIIR


Marjorie Murray is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Principal Researcher at the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research CIIR. She is interested in parenting, early socialization and care; aspiration and its temporalities; and material culture and consumption. Her current research project studies parenting and care in Santiago de Chile, focusing on the ways in which social aspirations, territorial and cultural flows take place together with an intensification of normativity and social demands upon parenting.

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Maha Natoor
Doctoral Candidate University of Haifa, IsraelFaculty of Education


Maha Natoor is a doctoral candidate at the University of Haifa. Her areas of research include transcultural psychiatry; psychological anthropology; culture, health and illness; minority therapists; cultural idioms; cultural idioms of distress. Her current research deals with the belief in reincarnation among the Druze, a Mid-Eastern minority religious group. Her phenomenological study examines the Notq- a phenomenon of remembering and talking about previous incarnation. The research focuses on the individual and collective aspects of the Notq and seeks to understand its therapeutic and narrative components among the Druze in Israel.

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Sevasti-Melissa Nolas
Senior Lecturer Goldsmiths, University of London, UKSociology



Sevasti-Melissa Nolas is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research areas include: human agency and lived experience, childhood, youth and family lives, civic and political practices across the life course, and publics creating methodologies. She is the Principal Investigator of the ERC funded Connectors Study and the co-editor of entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography.



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Katja Pettinen
Lecturer and an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology Mount Royal University, Calgary (Alberta), CanadaDepartment of Sociology and Anthropology



Katja Pettinen (PhD) works at the intersection of cultural and linguistic anthropology. Her current research projects examine the nature of embodied learning, consciousness, sensoriality, and violence through the ecological and theoretical framework of Peircean semiotics. She conducts long-term ethnographic work on traditional Japanese martial art (Bujinkan Taijutsu) particularly as the somatic practice is translated and travels from Japan to North America and Europe.

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Samuele Poletti
PhD candidate University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UKDepartment of Social Anthropology



Samuele Poletti‘s doctoral research is focused on the perception(s) of death in the Sinja Valley of Jumla District (Western Nepal), and how this may shed light upon the ways in which people make sense of existence. Besides resorting to the classic instrument of academic writing, he is interested in the possibilities that photography may offer as a complementary means to the ethnographic description, not least by virtue of a communicative immediacy not always possible in the written text. He is member of: Swiss Anthropological AssociationAmerican Anthropological Association (AAA);  Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS); Britain-Nepal Academic Council (BNAC).

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Jasmina Polovic
PhD fellow, Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropologist University of OklahomaCenter for Applied Social Research OU


Jasmina Polovic is a Ph.D. fellow researcher at the Center for Applied Social Research OU, works in clinical settings, and consults mental health professionals. Jasmina’s research interests involve mental health in changed social realities (post-social-change settings, the Covid-19 epidemic, etc.) and cultural patterning of mental illness. Jasmina specializes in depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders, burnout, and the narcissistic personalities spectrum.

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Keira Pratt-Boyden
Post-doctoral Researcher University of KentSchool of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Sciences



Dr. Keira Pratt-Boyden is an anthropologist working across projects related to health service improvement and transformation, health experiences and social justice. Her PhD thesis explored modes of listening and ways of being among mental health activists in London as means of healing from mental distress and experiences of conventional biomedical approaches to treatment. Her current project as a postdoctoral researcher explores black adoptee children’s experiences of care in social care settings. Her research and interests in psychological anthropology include mental-health activism, worldbuilding as healing, critical phenomenology, and public and activist/engaged anthropology.

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Yichen Rao
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of MichiganLieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

Yichen Rao is an anthropologist and STS scholar working on the intersections between the macro-dynamics of digital political economy and the micro-dynamics of human subjectivity, affect, and desire. He is writing a book on China’s fintech users and their monetary desires. And he has a long-term project on China’s young e-sports players who are sent by their parents to Internet addiction treatment programs. He is a licensed psychological counselor and interpreter for psychodynamic training programs between the United States and China.

Dora Rebelo
Researcher Center for Anthropology Research (CRIA) -PortugalPhD Student in ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon)



Dora Rebelo is a Psychologist (since 2000) and has been working mostly within humanitarian contexts, in different countries, supporting innovative community mental health projects.

Since 2017, Dora started a PhD in ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon). She is also a researcher at the Center for Anthropology Research (CRIA) in Portugal. Her PhD research focuses on informal solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers on the move. She is interested in questions of reciprocity, political activism, but also the relationships established between volunteers and activists and people on the move.

Simultaneously, Dora is interested in developing a dialogue between psychology and anthropology, focusing on fieldwork, positionally and intersubjectivities

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Mayssa Rekhis
Ph.D. Candidate School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) – Paris and Linköping UniversityPhoenix Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program




After graduating as a Medical Doctor, and working in the Non-Governmental sector, Mayssa received the Phoenix Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate program fellowship in 2016, and started a Ph.D. in the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris and in Linköping University in Sweden. Her Ph.D. is situated in between psychological and medical anthropology, exploring the experiences, discourses and practices related to trauma and trauma-therapies in relation to forced migration and exile, in Stockholm. Her research interests encompass trauma, suffering, psychotherapies, and processes of subjectivation.

For ENPA, Mayssa is a Junior Faculty representative.

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Antonius C.G.M. Robben
Professor Utrecht UniversityDepartment of Anthropology



Antonius C.G.M. Robben is a Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He received a Ph.D. (1986) from the University of California, Berkeley, and has conducted fieldwork on fishermen in northeast Brazil, and political violence, enforced disappearances, and socio-cultural traumas in Argentina. His monographs include Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina (2005), which won the Textor Prize from the American Anthropological Association in 2006 for Excellence in Anthropology, and Argentina Betrayed: Memory, Mourning, and Accountability (2018).

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Meghna Roy
Doctoral Research Fellow University of OsloDepartment of Social Anthropology

Meghna Roy is a participant in the comparative ethnographic project Shrinking the Planet, which seeks to understand the global expansion of psychotherapy. She is exploring new middle-class subjectivities in India through participant observation with psychotherapists-in-training. She is interested in the affective dimension of social mobility and epistemologies of psy-disciplines.

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Petr Safronov
Visiting Researcher University of AmsterdamFaculty of Humanities

Peter Safronov is a philosopher who is now a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam. His research combines political philosophy, anthropology, and media studies, employing computational and ethnographic methodologies to explore care and caring interactions online. His current project focuses on the formation of affective collectivities via social media and AI-assisted technologies.

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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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Mario Schmidt
Post-Doctoral Fellow DFG-funded CRC “Future Rural Africa”



Mario Schmidt currently works on his postdoc project “On the quality of quantity: ethnographic and experimental-economic research on the effect of culture on the cognitive perception and classification of monetary amounts in Western Kenya”. The project builds upon his year-long fieldwork experience in Kenya and is situated at the intersection of economic anthropology and behavioral economics. His main interest lies in understanding cultural and cognitive classification of numbers, quantities and amounts with a special, but not exclusive, focus on money.

a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities, University of Cologne

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Maija-Eliina Sequeira
PhD Candiate University of HelsinkiAnthropology



Maija-Eliina Sequeira is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. She holds an MSc in Demography and Health and a BA in Human Sciences, and has recently worked in English education in Colombia. Alongside a strong grounding in anthropology, her doctoral work will also incorporate methods from developmental psychology in order to explore how children in the Colombian Caribbean conceptualise inter-personal hierarchies

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Michal Sipos
Post-doctoral researcher Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology &Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences


Michal Sipos is a social anthropologist (PhD, 2016). His scholarly interests revolve around political anthropology, phenomenological anthropology and refugee studies. He is also interested in research methods and ethics in ethnography of violence. As a part of his doctoral studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, he carried out long-term ethnographic fieldwork among Chechen war refugees in eastern Poland.

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Thomas Stodulka
Professor Universität MünsterSocial Anthropology



Thomas Stodulka is Professor of Social Anthropology, Visual and Media Anthropology at the University of Münster. His work focuses on the interplay between affect, emotion, alternative economies and eco-social movements, mental health and illness, and  at the margins. He conducted long-term fieldwork with street-related communities in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and he has directed international research projects on the role of affect and emotion in fieldwork and ethnography, travelling concepts in mental health, illness, and learning, critical perspectives on big data. He is currently working on permaculture, learning and shaping futures at the margins. He is co-founder of the European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA) at EASA, member of the Working Group Psychological Anthropology at the German Anthropological Association (DGSKA), was associate editor of Ethos, and is currently Brill book series co-editor of Social Sciences in Asia, and co-editor of the public anthropology blog anthrometronom. Thomas is member of the organizing team of the Annual Transdisciplinary Winter School Culture, Psychology, and Qualitative Research, and member of the editorial board at cultura & psyché – Journal of Cultural Psychology.

His books include Feelings at the Margins (2014), Coming of Age on the Streets of Java (2017), Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography (2019), and Emotionen auf Expeditionen (2019), Emotionen im Feld (2019), and Anthropologie der Emotionen (2023), which were published in German.

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Lavinia Ţânculescu-Popa
Lecturer Hyperion University – BucharestPsychology



Lavinia Ţânculescu-Popa is a Lecturer in Hyperion University, Psychology Department, as well as an Associate Lecturer in National University of Administrative and Political Studies, Bucharest, Romania. She worked with organizations in Romania and abroad for more than 19 years, out of which 10 years as part of the two of the world’s four largest audit and consulting companies’ teams (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte Consulting). She holds a PhD in Psychology and a MA in Cultural Studies and Anthropology. She is a certified Jungian Analyst and Supervisor in Jungian Psychotherapy, as well as an ICF Accredited Coach, working both with individuals and groups, in business and personal coaching. Her research interests are in the field of emotions and behaviors (in general, and in organizations, in particular) as well as in personality in its broader sense and its importance in sleep, rest, developing potential and genders’ roles.


For ENPA, Lavinia is the person in charge with the Members Directory.

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Sujit Thomas
PhD Candidate New York UniversityDepartment of Anthropology

Sujit Thomas is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Anthropology at New York University. His doctoral dissertation The Open Brain: Repair and Enhancement in the Age of Plasticity is an ethnography of neuroscientists, psychiatrists and amateur “brain-hackers” in New York City, London and Oxford. It focuses on the revival of marginalised cybernetic and psychedelic paradigms in the brain sciences and its implications for our understanding of human consciousness and mental disorders.”

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Paola Tiné
Research Fellow School of Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide, AustraliaDepartment of Anthropology and Development Studies


Paola Tiné is a Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide (South Australia). Her doctoral work was in ethnopsychological study of the emic notion of ‘mutual understanding’ in domestic settings among an emerging middle class in the Nepali city of Bhaktapur. Building upon fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork research in 2018-2019, it asks the question of how Newar middle-class people are revising domestic relations and moralities in the pursuit of well-being and how household members conceive of domestic duties and ultimately build their sense of moral selves through a redefinition of the Hindu concept of dharma. Dr. Tine’s current research focuses on the use of participant drawing to explore emotional states, particularly in contexts of distress

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Valentin-Veron Toma
Senior Researcher Institute of Anthropology „Francisc I. Rainer”, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, RomaniaDepartment of Cultural Anthropology

Dr. Toma studied medicine at UMF “Carol Davila” and then, he approached anthropology, graduating from a masters degree in the field. He obtained his Ph.D. in Psychiatry. In 2000, he initiated a research program in Medical Anthropology in IAFR and has developed numerous research projects in the field of “Medical Humanities” – a field of boundary that combines concepts and methods from medical anthropology and history of medicine. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Sabina Stan, from Dublin City University, in a project on cross-border migration and medical tourism in the European Union.

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Maria Costanza Trento
PhD Candidate University of PalermoPsychological, Pedagogical, Exercise and Training Sciences (SPPF) Department

Maria Costanza Trento is a Psychologist, Pedagogist, and PhD candidate in Health Promotion and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Palermo’s SPPF Department. While her earlier research focused on changes in family role perception, her current work lies at the intersection of anthropology and psychology. She specializes in examining specific mental disorders from a cultural perspective, seeking to deepen our understanding of how cultural factors influence mental health.

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Panos Tsitsanoudis
PhD Candidate Freie Universität Berlin.Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Panos Tsitsanoudis (he/him), holds a degree in Psychology (BA) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master’s degree (MA) in Gender studies, from the Department of Social Anthropology and History of the University of Aegean, in Lesvos, Greece. His research areas and methods are varying between psychoanalysis, affect theory, critical psychology and social anthropology. At the moment, he is pursuing his PhD research, working in the intersections of intimacy, (hetero)sexuality, femicidal violence and gendered death, from a critical psychological anthropological perspective.

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Tamara Turner
Research Fellow Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, GermanyCenter for the History of Emotions


Tamara Turner is a music anthropologist, specializing in North African popular Islam, trance rituals, and affect studies with supporting areas of consciousness studies and the Medical Humanities. Her doctoral thesis was the first research to document the musical repertoire, practice, and history of Algerian diwan, a nocturnal trance ritual of the Bilaliyya Sufi Order. Analytically, Tamara’s work investigates the critical role of musically cultivated emotions and affects in ritual as they pertain to consciousness and suffering.

Vasia Tzanetou
Psychological Anthropologist Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health, Athens, Greece

Tzanetou Vasia is a psychological anthropologist at Society of Social Psychiatry and Mental Health and Adult educator. She is interested in the Biopsychosocial Therapy Approach , Neuroanthropology and Education. Her work focuses on developing and implementing interventions to improve the psychological wellbeing and resilience in vulnerable populations.

Hannelore Van Bavel
PhD Candidate Anthropology & Sociology SOAS University of London


Hannelore Van Bavel is a PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at SOAS University of London (submission September 2020). She holds an MSc in Sociology and an MA in Gender and Diversity studies. Her doctoral project examines the politics of the production and travel of knowledge and policies related to ‘female genital mutilation’. She is also interested in the affective dimensions of ethnographic knowledge construction, an interest that arose from her own experience of conducting fieldwork while coping with traumatic loss.

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Eva van Roekel
Assistant professor Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamDepartment of Social and Cultural Anthropology


Eva van Roekel is Assistant Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at VU Amsterdam. For more than a decade she has worked and lived in Latin America. Her areas of interest are violence, trauma, emotion and visual anthropology. Her current research project is about military subjectivities and changing warfare. Besides her scholarly publications she makes documentaries and writes short stories. More of her work can be found at:

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Steve Vilhem
Research Fellow INSERM Developmental Psychiatry and Trajectories – Clinical, epidemiological and therapeutic research in developmental psychiatry – Hôpital Cochin, Maison de Solenn, Paris |Clinical psychology, psychopathology, psychoanalysis laboratory, University of Paris Cité, France | Institute of the Humanities in Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland (since 2018)

Steve Vilhem is working as a Child & Adolescent psychiatrist in the University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (SUPEA) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He studied medicine (MD), anthropology (MA) and public health (MPH) at the University of Bordeaux and psychology (MA) at Paris Descartes University. He currently specializes in transcultural psychiatry. PhD Student at the Institute of Humanities in Medicine (IHM) of the Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) since 2020, his current research activities focus on anorexia nervosa in Cambodia.


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Anita von Poser
Professor / Researcher Freie Universität BerlinInstitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology



Anita von Poser is a Professor of Psychological Anthropology with a specific focus on “Migration, Psyche, Aging” at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. She is also Principal Investigator of an anthropological-psychiatric project within the Berlin-based Collaborative Research Center 1171 “Affective Societies”. Her major interests pertain to the fields of psychological anthropology and phenomenological anthropology, the anthropology of aging, care, belonging, and im-/mobility, and the anthropology of social relationships and foodways. She has conducted long-term ethnographic research both in rural and urban lifeworlds of Papua New Guinea as well as entangled spaces of Berlin and Vietnam. Her single- and co-authored publications include Foodways and Empathy (Berghahn 2013), Care as Process (Ethics and Social Welfare 2017), and The Power of Shared Embodiment (Culture, Medicine, Psychiatry 2020).

Editor of the Book Series EmotionCultures (together with Birgitt Röttger-Rössler)


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Julia Vorhoelter
Lecturer/ Post-Doc Göttingen UniversityInstitute for Social and Cultural Anthropology



Julia Vorhölter holds a PhD in anthropology from Göttingen University where she works as a lecturer and post-doc researcher at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Her regional focus is Sub-Sahara Africa, especially Uganda, where she has been carrying out fieldwork both for her PhD and her current post-doc project. Thematically, her more recent work is located in the field of psychiatric/psychological anthropology and focuses on changing discourses on mental health/illness and new psychotherapeutic practices in the Global South.


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Brady Wagoner
Professor Aalborg University – DenmarkCentre for Cultural Psychology



Brady Wagoner received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he started his research on memory, imagination, social change and environmental communication. His studies of remembering include the analysis of conversations, narratives, reenactments and most recently how people relate to different kinds of memorial sites. He is associate editor of the journals Culture & Psychology and Peace & Conflict. His books include The Constructive Mind: Bartlett’s Psychology in Reconstruction (CUP, 2017), Handbook of Culture and Memory (OUP, 2018)


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Anna-Maria Walter
Teaching fellow Ludwig-Maximilians-University MunichInstitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology



Anna-Maria Walter has recently finished her PhD thesis about intimacy and love in (pre)marital relationships in the area of Gilgit, northern Pakistan. Her work focuses on the phenomenological aspects of emotions and the embodiment of norms and values. Being a teaching fellow at the Department, Anna-Maria has classes on the Anthropology of Emotions, gender aspects and Muslim women. She is now increasingly interested in the juxtaposition of medical conceptions and local imaginations of body and mind.

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Nicole Weydmann
Postdoctoral Researcher Jacobs University Bremen, GermanyDepartment of Psychology and Methods



Nicole Weydmann is Research Associate at Jacobs University in Bremen. Her current research project is investigating concepts and approaches underlying healing ideologies of new rightist movements in Germany and Austria. She received her Ph.D. in psychology at Jacobs University Bremen. In her doctoral studies she focused on concepts and approaches underlying the use of traditional and complementary medicine in urban Indonesia / Yogyakarta (‘Healing is not just dealing with your body’, 2019). Besides her substantive focus on traditional and alternative medicine in Southeast Asia, Nicole has a major focus on reflexive research methodologies, highlighting the formative influences of researchers on different steps of meaning making.

Recent publication: Weydmann, Nicole (2019). ‘Healing is not just dealing with your body‘ – A Reflexive Grounded Theory Study Exploring Women’s Concepts and Approaches Underlying the Use of Traditional and Complementary Medicine in Indonesia. Berlin: Regiospectra.

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Kiara Wickremasinghe
PhD Candidate SOAS, University of LondonSocial Anthropology Department

Kiara Wickremasinghe is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Anthropology at SOAS University of London. Her Ph.D. is part of a broader ESRC-funded Anthropological Study of Peer-Supported Open Dialogue in the UK’s NHS. She is both a researcher and practitioner of Open Dialogue, a social network approach to psychiatric crisis care. Previously, Kiara read for a BA in Geography at the University of Cambridge and an MA in Music in Development at SOAS University of London.

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Tyler Zoanni
PhD Candidate, Anthropology, New York University | Associate Member Freie Universtät BerlinMedical Anthropology


Tyler Zoanni is a medical, sociocultural, and visual anthropologist. His current research explores the lives and worlds of people with cognitive disabilities in Uganda. More generally Tyler’s research interests include religion, kinship, person-hood, and the politics of health and well-being in Africa. Tyler’s first film is The Ladies (13 min; Ukrainian with English subtitles; distributed by DER), an observational short evoking the routines of Ukrainian women who for 50 years have gathered to make dumplings for their church.

Cognitive Disability: a special issue of The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology

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Konstantinos Zorbas
Assistant professor Shandong University, China



Konstantinos Zorbas (MLitt St. Andrews, PhD Cambridge) is a social anthropologist with research interests in Siberian shamanism. He studied shamans and an epidemic of curse affliction in Tuva Republic, Russia. His work has been published in the Journal of Anthropological Research and in the International Journal for Shamanistic Research.