Malte Gembus


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    I am a Social Anthropologist and Youth Worker always interested in exploring the overlaps between the two domains. My PhD research was concerned with young people in the Guatemalan diaspora in Southern Mexico and I am currently working on the AIMEC project exploring 'arrival infrastructures' of migrants in East London. Generally I am interested in topics around diaspora, memory and storytelling especially in regard to youth and intergenerationality. In my ethnographic practice I intend to combine youth work methods and principles with those of ethnographic research.

    PhD Project

    My PhD research looked at the ways in which young people in the Guatemalan diaspora in Southern Mexico actively participate in the social making of their town. I explored how youth engage in intergenerational negotiations around topics such as space, memory and local hierarchies and the creative strategies they apply to make their voices heard. The project was informed by methods from ethnographic research as well as by those from creative and participatory youth work; the creation of a photo exhibition and the development of a theatre play were crucial parts of my fieldwork.  

    Education/Academic qualification

    Anthropology, Doctorate, Yetu', Nanik, Satajtoj: Retrospective and Anticipatory Memory and Storytelling among Young People in the Guatemalan Diaspora in Southern Mexico., Goldsmiths, University of London

    Sept 2016Sept 2021

    Award Date: 22 Sept 2021

    Anthropology, MA, Applied Anthropology and Community & Youth Work, Goldsmiths, University of London

    Sept 2012Sept 2013

    Award Date: 16 Sept 2013


    • GN Anthropology
    • Memory
    • Intergenerationality
    • Storytelling
    • Migration, Diversity, Integration, Inequality


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