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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.
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.
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 2016 → Sept 2021
Award Date: 22 Sept 2021
Anthropology, MA, Applied Anthropology and Community & Youth Work, Goldsmiths, University of London
Sept 2012 → Sept 2013
Award Date: 16 Sept 2013
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- Migration, Diversity, Integration, Inequality
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Refugee families being moved from London to Leeds – our research shows what is lost when newcomers have to leave a neighbourhoodGembus, M. & Monson, T., 17 Feb 2023, The Conversation.
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Stories about Past, Present, and Future: Memory and Narrative between Refugee Pasts and Migrant Futures among Young People in Chiapas, MexicoGembus, M., 11 Nov 2020, In: Anthropology Matters. 20, 1, p. 43-70 28 p., 2.
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The Safe Spaces 'in between': plays, performance and identity among young 'second generation' Somalis in LondonGembus, M., 10 Aug 2017, In: Children's Geographies. 16, 4, p. 432-443 12 p.
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