International Advisory Board

About Programme

International Advisory Board

Doctoral program in Social and Cultural Anthropology foregrounds a tradition of long-term ethnographic research, critical approach to contemporary global problems and regionally and locally informed analyses. The program has an interdisciplinary orientation, which enables a dialogue between disciplines and broadens research questions. The professors of the program are interested in critical approaches to contemporary anthropology, connecting the discipline to philosophy, ethics, politics, semiotics, aesthetics, ecology, science and technology, as well as affect theory, urban, visual and sound studies. The program enables students to acquire dual degrees in the format of co-supervision and during the process of PhD research receive consultations from the International Advisory Board.

The International Advisory Board discusses the overarching educational strategy of the program. The Board also provides co-supervision of doctoral students and implementation of mutual research projects, seminars and publications.

Members of the Board of Experts

Prof. Mathijs Pelkmans London School of Economics and Political Sciences, Director of Doctoral Programme, the Department of Anthropology (Areas of Research/Interest: Caucasus, Central Asia, anthropology of borders, political anthropology, anthropology of religion).

Professor Bruce Grant Department of Anthropology, New York University (Areas of Research/Interest: Former Soviet Union, Siberia, the Caucasus; cultural history and politics; religion)

Professor Paul Manning Department of Anthropology, Trent University (Areas of Research/Interest: Linguistic anthropology, anthropology and history, semiotics (the study of signs), cartoons, urban anthropology, anthropology of romance, anthropology of politics, liberalism and neoliberalism, colonialism, anthropology of technology, nature, mining, landscape, and anthropology of the preternatural (fairies, pixies, monsters, occultism, theosophy)

Associate Professor Martin Demant Frederiksen School of Culture and Society, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University (Areas of Research/Interest: Youth, Man and Culture, Nihilism, criminalitu and corruption, urban development and infrastructure, time and materiality)

Professor Valentina B. Izmirlieva Columbia University in the City of New York, Department of Slavic Languages (Areas of Research/Interest: Balkan and Russian religious cultures, the religious culture of the Orthodox Slavs, literary Modernism and Postmodernism, transfers among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the context of multi-religious empires)

Professor Anne Meneley Department of Anthropology, Trent University (Areas of Research/Interest: Middle East, Arabia Peninsula, Italy, religion and world view, Islam, embodiment, gender, consumption, ethnographic methods, and histories of anthropology)

Senior Lecturer, Katrine Gotfredsen Malmo University, Caucasus Studies (Areas of Research/Interest: Political Transformations, uncertainty, religion, history, identity, morality, political forms and practices)

Professor Joao de Pina-Cabral University of Kent, School of Anthropology and Conservation (Areas of Research/Interest: religion, symbolism and power; family, kinship and the person; ethnicity in colonial and post-colonial contexts; the history of ethnographic methodology.

Associate Professor Maria E. Louw Aarhus University, Department of Anthropology (Areas of Research/Interest: religion, Central Asia, atheism, morality, sufism)

Researcher Lela Rekhviashvili The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Areas of Research/Interest: Political economy, post socialist transition, informal economic practices, social movements)

Professor Elizabeth Cullen Dunn Indiana University Bloomington, Department of Geography (Areas of Research/Interest: forced migration, humanitarianism, anthropology of food, Eastern Europe, Caucasus)

Lecturer Nino Aivazishvili-Gehne Bochum University, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology section (Areas of Research/Interest: citizenship, minorities, anthropology of borders, Caucasus Azerbaijan, Georgia)

Associate Professor Francisco Martinez Tallinn University, School of Humanities (Areas of Research/Interest: Material Culture, Ethnographic Experiments, Repair, Peripheries)