I received my PhD in Anthropology from Cambridge University in 1996, after completing a MSc (Econ) at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1988, and a BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Toronto in 1987.
Prior to joining the faculty at Laurier in 2009, I was senior lecturer in Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) for 1998-2009, after parallel roles during 1996-1998 as research associate of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and as postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University.
In addition to my teaching at Laurier, Wits and Cambridge, I have had the opportunity to lecture on an extended basis at Corvinus University (1991), the University of Cape Town (1999) and the South African School for Film Medium and Live Performance (2004).
My current research draws from organizational anthropology in focusing attention on museums of genocide and oppression, especially in reference to Hungarian institutions such as the House of Terror Museum and the Holocaust Memorial Centre and Archives in Budapest, as well as the Memory Point Museum in the southern town of Hódmezővásárhely. In particular, I am interested in developing understandings of what it means to work in such new institutions of acute memory, and how the general public understands their experiences as visitors in reference to history, nation and wider senses of community.
Similarly based on anthropological fieldwork, previous research looked at privatization and corporate culture within International Joint Ventures (IJVs) in post-Socialist Hungary, and at the development of new urban forms in post-Apartheid South Africa, particularly in the context of gated communities.
Chiefly within the broader realms of Social Criticism, Art Practice and Cultural Studies, I continue a multi-year publication project with Nina Czegledy that interweaves topics of digital technology, corporeality and New Art to consider how society has been affected by changing visualizations of the human body through Science.
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