LMU team

Philipp Schorch

Research group leader
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Philipp Schorch is a professor of Museum Anthropology at LMU Munich. He is also an honorary senior research associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Diego Muñoz

Postdoctoral researcher
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Diego Muñoz is a social anthropologist (PhD EHESS, France). Since 2005, he has been studying Rapa Nui (Easter Island) from an ethnographic, historical and multi-site viewpoint.

Ruben Darío Chambi

Doctoral researcher
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Ruben Darío Chambi studied Anthropology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia, and holds a master’s degree in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization from the Universidad Oberta de Catalunya.

Mouna Nowak

Project coordinator
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Mouna Nowak studied Business Management at the Institut supérieur de commerce et d'administration des entreprises (ISCAE) in Morocco and holds a graduation diploma with a specialization in...

Annina Gyger

Project assistant
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Annina Gyger has completed her BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU Munich. Her thesis focuses on the education of refugees in the Austrian gastronomy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eliza Encheva-Schorch

Web editor
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Eliza Encheva-Schorch is an online and social media editor at LMU Munich and a massage practicioner at float Schwabing. She holds a master’s degree in English, Spanish and German Literature from LMU.

Affiliated team

Justyn Ah Chong

Olonā Media

Justyn Ah Chong is a Native Hawaiian filmmaker from Mililani, Oʻahu with a degree from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. His debut narrative short Down on the Sidewalk in Waikīkī screened at over 25 festivals around the world, winning several awards.

Safua Akeli Amaama

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa)

Safua Akeli Amaama is head of New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She has a PhD from the University of Queensland.

Taloi Havini

taloihavini.com

Taloi Havini (Nakas Tribe, Hakö, born Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville; based Australia) employs a research practice informed by her matrilineal ties to land and communities in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

Vilsoni Hereniko

Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Vilsoni Hereniko is a professor, author, playwright and filmmaker at the Academy for Creative Media (University of Hawaiʻi). Originally from Rotuma, he has a PhD from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu is a fifteen-year veteran of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. She has a law degree from the University of Hawaiʻi, where she currently serves as an assistant specialist in Public Humanities and Native Hawaiian Programs.

Leah Lui-Chivizhe

University of New South Wales

Historian Leah Lui-Chivizhe is a Torres Strait Islander with enduring connections to the eastern and western Torres Strait. Her research focuses on how nineteenth century collections can revitalise and reconnect Islanders with their pre-colonial histories.

Cristián Moreno Pakarati

Rapanui Pioneers Society

Cristián Moreno Pakarati is a Rapanui historian who completed undergraduate studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. He has authored or co-authored two dozen articles and books about Rapa Nui and its history.

Nicole Naone

nicolenaone.com

Nicole Naone is a Kanaka Maoli cultural producer with practices spanning the film, art, and virtual reality realms. She has produced the short film Lahaina Noon, the multi award winning scripted feature WAIKIKI and many art-house short films.

Leonardo Pakarati

Mahatua Producciones

Leonardo Pakarati is a film director and creator of the TV Channel Mata o te Rapa Nui where he worked until 2012. Since then he has dedicated his time exclusively to developing independent projects with his production company Mahatua Producciones.

Paula Rossetti

Mahatua Producciones

Paula Rossetti has a degree in history and is a specialist in educational and intercultural psychology. She also works as an artist and poet and joined the Mahatua Producciones team as a researcher and producer in 2004. She is also editor and journalist of the...

Shelley Angelie Saggar

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Shelley Angelie Saggar is a research assistant in the ‘Indigenous futures’ project. Her PhD examines literary and filmic representations of the colonial museum, concentrating on texts by Indigenous writers.

Annika Sippel

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa)

Annika Sippel is an art historian and emerging curator, currently working as a research assistant for Art and New Zealand Histories & Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Nicholas Thomas

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Nicholas Thomas has been director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge since 2006, and has curated extensively, often in collaboration with contemporary artists.

Jordan Wilson

New York University

Jordan Wilson is an emerging curator and writer, and is currently a PhD student in Anthropology at NYU. He is a member of the Musqueam First Nation, and co-curator of two exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA).

Ida Yoshinaga

Georgia Institute of Technology

Alternative and ethnic media scholar Ida Yoshinaga studies diversity in content, and equity in production, for “scripted” mass-media audiovisual narratives, via the formal tools of science fiction and fantasy genre studies.

Affiliated PhD students

Diana Gabler

PhD student

Diana Gabler is a PhD student in Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU Munich. Her research focuses on collaborative conservation as a tool to support the opening of museum practices.

Luisa Marten

PhD student

Luisa Marten completed her BA and MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology with a focus on visual ethnography at LMU. She has worked on historical and archival ethnography and visual and material culture.

Advisory board

Safua Akeli Amaama

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa)

Marie Luisa Allemeyer

Centre for Collection Development, University of Göttingen

James Clifford

University of California, Santa Cruz

Eveline Dürr

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu (Chair)

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Michael Mel

The Australian Museum

Cristián Moreno Pakarati

Rapanui Pioneers Society

Ty P. Kāwika Tengan

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Nicholas Thomas (Deputy Chair)

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Uta Werlich

Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich