Gülbin Özdamar Akarçay

Dr. Gülbin Özdamar Akarçay was awarded a Turkish TUBITAK fellowship to pursue post-doctoral research in Canada. Her work will examine the Turkish immigrant experience in Canada on the part of those who have married cross-culturally. Her work combines an interest in ethnography and photography, and while she is in Canada she will interview members of the Turkish diaspora as they thumb through their family albums. In this way she will interrogate changing notions of ethnic and religious identity over several generations. She is interested in the social production of memory and forms of nostalgia on the part of descendants of various Turkish communities, including those who may identify as Turkish, Kurdish, Muslim, Christian, Sunni, Alawite, or Canadian. Gülbin received a PhD in Journalism from Anadolu University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Communication Design at Eskisehir Osmangazi University. She was the curator of the international photography exhibit Intimate Revolt (Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovenia and Turkey). Her work has been featured in three solo exhibitions: Faces of Prisoners, Narodni Divadlo, and Children of Maticni. In 2010, she established the Living Woman Photography Group, which advocates for women and children who are victims of violence.


Marie Meudec

Marie Meudec

Post-Doctoral Student 2014-15

Marie Meudec has conducted ethnographic research in both St. Lucia and Haiti in the Caribbean. Her work focuses broadly on the relationship between ordinary ethics, healing, politics, and resistance. She examines Afro-Caribbean spiritual and healing practices (vodou and obeah) in the context of social suffering, violence, and migration. Her first book focused on interpretations of vodou practices in Haiti. Her second book, in progress, is based on her doctoral work, and examines witchcraft accusations – and reactions to such accusations— in St. Lucia.  Meudec argues forms of therapy, spirituality and magic are moral and ethical practices, in which the point of view of the accused must be considered.  In so doing, she asks us to re-think the way so-called “witchcraft” practices are studied and represented. Meudec presently holds a SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship. While at the Centre for Ethnography she will be thinking about forms of Othering in, and about, Haiti that lend themselves to moralizing and discriminatory messages. She examines the reception of such messages and considers the ways some capitalize on them. More broadly, Marie Meudec is interested in the Caribbean, medical and religious anthropology, de-colonial and queer studies.