Elena Burgos-Martínez, MA, MSc, PhD, FHEA
I hold an MA in Education (Granada University, Spain), an MSc in Linguistics (Edinburgh University, UK), an MSc in Social Anthropology (Edinburgh University, UK) and a PhD in Sociolinguistics (joint Edinburgh University/Granada University).
I am currently a Lecturer in South and Southeast Asia at Leiden University, Netherlands (staff profile here), where I mainly lecture at the BA/MA in International Studies (Southeast Asia).
I am also a Research Fellow at KITLV/ Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (in Leiden, the Netherlands)- developing a postdoctoral comparative project that will explore the conceptual development of governance in archipelagoes (research profile here)
My PhD in Anthropology (Durham University) explores converging notions of place, collectivity and identity on small islands in Northeast Indonesia. Ultimately, it aims to highlight the important contribution of vernacular senses of 'being' and 'becoming' to contemporary debates in the fields of political ecology and environmental theory. This PhD's thesis is also preoccupied with reflective approaches to research ethics, ethnography and methodological and conceptual challenges when approaching the fluidity of island identities and knowledges.
For the past few years I have tutored and assessed undergraduate modules such as 'People and Cultures', 'Introduction to Anthropological Theory and Methods' and 'Dissertation Teaching'. In addition to this, I have delivered guest lectures about fieldwork, ethnography and my own research's topics. During my fieldwork in Indonesia, I delivered a workshop entitled 'Anthropological Research and Ethnographic Methods' at the Department of Cultural Studies of Universitas Dian Nuswantoro, Jawa, Indonesia (http://www.dinus.ac.id/getnews/1389/FIB-UDINUS-DURHAM-UNIVERSITY-GELAR-WORKSHOP). I have also presented papers at an extensive number of conferences in the UK, Indonesia, Europe and the US.
While at Durham University I also engaged in small scale research looking at the problematic of teaching anthropological terminology to 1st year undergraduate students of Anthropology. At the core of this research project I widely discussed the challenges of successfully contextualising ethnocentric bias and the discipline's development within contemporary academia. This appeared to be partially due to the disconnections between different learning environments and the complexity of learning agencies that emerge when navigating threshold concepts at early stages. This research qualified me as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). In addition, it has been published as part of Teaching Anthropology Journal's special issue: 'Teaching Anthropology in Uncertain Times'.
I have also worked for a UK-based education charity seeking to help increase the access of students from underrepresented backgrounds to Higher Education. As part of my teaching post I designed, developed and delivered a course entitled: 'What Language do Humans Speak? An Anthropological Journey through Linguistic Relativism'. Consequently, I spent a year teaching this course at 9 local state schools in County Durham and Newcastle. Students ranging from year 7 to year 12 exercised debating about language ideology, accent profiling and its impact on power relations at different levels in Higher Education (read about it here: https://www.teachinganthropology.org/2017/08/19/accent-profiling-power-imbalances-and-access-to-higher-education-a-case-for-the-return-of-anthropology-to-schools/).
I am a reviewer (by invitation) for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and the Commonwealth (JRAI).
- The Caribbean
- Faroe Islands
- Intersection of political ecology and environmental theory
- Conceptual development and practice of policy and governance
- Converging Environmental Epistemes
- Vernacular senses of multiplicity and change
- Higher Education Paradigms
- Relation between formatised ethics and 'the field'
- Linguistic profiling/accent profiling
- Burgos-Martinez, E. (Forthcoming). Butcher, J.G. and Elson, R.E. (2017) Sovereignty and the Sea: How Indonesia Became an Archipelagic State. NUS Press Singapore. ASEASUK newsletter
- Burgos-Martinez, E. (Forthcoming). Hanks, W.F. and Severi, C. (2015) Translating Worlds: The Epistemological Space of Translation. HAU: Special Issue in Ethnographic Theory. The University of Chicago Press. Anthropology Matters
- Burgos Martinez, Elena (Forthcoming). Review of Gaynor, J.L. (2016) Intertidal History in Island Southeast Asia: Submerged Genealogy & the Legacy of Coastal Capture. Cornell University Press: Ithaca and London.
- Burgos-Martinez, E. (Forthcoming). Tsing, A. et al. (eds.) (2017) Arts of Living in a Damaged Planet. Minnesota UP. Science as Culture
- Burgos-Martinez, E. (2017). The Other World of the Researcher. Review of Buijs, K. (2017) Personal Religion and Magic in Mamasa, West Sulawesi: The Search for Powers of Blessing from the Other World of the Gods. New Books Asia (IIAS)
- Burgos-Martínez, Elena (2016). Book review: modes of uncertainty: anthropological cases edited by Limor Samimian-Darash and Paul Rabinow. LSE Review of Books (22 Apr 2016) Blog Entry. LSE Review of Books
- Burgos-Martinez, Elena E. (2016). Wright, Shelley. 2014. Our ice is vanishing. Sikuvut Nunquliqtuq. A history of Inuit, newcomers, and climate change. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press. 398 pp. Hb.: US$28.48. ISBN-13: 9780773544628. Social Anthropology 24(1): 134-135.
- Burgos-Martinez, Elena (2015). Review of ‘Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire’ edited by John Slater, Maríaluz López-Terrada, and José Pardo-Tomás (Ashgate, 2014). Centre for Medical Humanities
- Burgos-Martinez, Elena (2015). Review: The Perils of Joy. Contesting Mulid Festivals in Contemporary Egypt. Allegra Laboratory of Anthropology
- Burgos-Martinez, E. (Accepted). 'A season of Erok: contemporary island identity in North Sulawesi, Indonesia'. Wacana: Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia
- Burgos-Martinez, E. (2018). ‘Learning anthropology in transitory spaces: uncertain knowledge(s) as frictions in HE'. Teaching Anthropology 7(2).
- Sleeboom-Faulkner, M., Simpson, R., Burgos-Martinez, E. & McMurray, J. (2017). The formalization of social-science research ethics: How did we get there?. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7(1): 71-79.
- Burgos-Martinez, Elena (2016). THE BAJO OF NORTHEAST INDONESIA: WHY IT IS BAD TO BE CONSIDERED ‘INDIGENOUS'. ASEASUK News (60): 36-40.
- Burgos-Martinez, Elena (2015). The Bajo of the Celebes Sea. Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Newsletter (Summer): 7-15.
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Burgos-Martinez, Elena (2017). Accent Profiling, power imbalances and access to Higher Education: A case for the return of anthropology to schools. Teaching Anthropology Blog (RAI).
- Burgos-Martinez, Elena (2015). ‘Patabea se bariu’–Rethinking environmental change. Anthropologies #21: Climate Change Issue. Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology.
- Burgos-Martinez, Elena (2013). Fieldwork instalments. Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience's Blog.