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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.