Core 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 has a PhD in Social Anthro­pology, Ethnography and Ethnology from EHESS, France. Since 2005, he has been studying Rapa Nui (Easter Island) from an ethno­graphic and historical viewpoint.

Ira Cassandra Eue

Project assistant
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Ira Cassandra Eue completed her BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU Munich) with   a thesis related to the anthropology of food and religion in Peru.

Clarissa Bluhm

Project assistant
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Clarissa Bluhm received her BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Art, Music and Theatre from LMU Munich in 2018. She is currently obtaining her master’s degree in Art History.

Eliza Encheva-Schorch

Web editor
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Eliza Encheva-Schorch is an editor at LMU Munich and PR officer of the Berlin-based literary publisher duotincta. She holds a master’s degree in English, Spanish and German Literature from LMU.

Affiliated researchers

Safua Akeli Amaama

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa)

Safua Akeli Amaama is moving into a new role as 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.

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.

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.

Ida Yoshinaga

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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 an objects conservator. Since 2013, she has been specializing in the care and treatment of so-called ethnogra­phic materials in museums such as the National Museum of the American Indian.

Gesa Grimme

PhD student

Gesa Grimme studied Cultural Anthropo­logy, Sociology and History in Göttingen. She has worked on several exhibitions and research projects such as "Discomforting Heritage" at Linden-Museum Stuttgart.

Gabriel Schimmeroth

PhD student

Gabriel Schimmeroth is a curator and project coordinator at the Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt in Hamburg. He is responsible for the pro­ject “Zwischenraum – A Space Between”.

Advisory board

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

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Sean Mallon

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Michael Mel

The Australian Museum

Cristián Moreno Pakarati

Rapanui Pioneers Society

Ty P. Kāwika Tengan

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Nicholas Thomas

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Uta Werlich

Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich