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Mascha Gugganig

Mascha Gugganig (visiting research fellow)


Mascha Gugganig is a PhD Student in the Department of Anthropology at UBC. She is a TerreWEB Associate and was the recipient of a TerreWEB Travel Fund to present her preliminary research findings at three conferences in Europe.

Mascha’s research explores filmmaking and photography as tools of knowledge transmission, especially for children and youth. On this trip, she presented one part of her research findings on Native Hawaiians’ reaction to the patenting and genetic engineering of taro in recent years. To read more about Mascha’s research and her experience in Europe, check out the article below.

Learn more about Mascha in this feature article she wrote for TerreWEB. Also, learn more about Mascha by reading her blog: http://triangirl.wordpress.com/

Thesis Topic: My research looks at environment-based learning and activism in spheres between culturally-embedded education at a Hawaiian-focused charter school and a wider public on Kaua’i that is concerned with land use, the local and global food industry, and genetically engineered crops.


Gugganig, M. (2011) Hidden practices: Demolished Houses and Anthropologists’ Tools. Theme Issue, “Renovation and Restoration,” Anthropology News 52(7)

Conference Presentations:

  • 2008     A lesson for the student called “anthropologist”. American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco
  • 2008     The Ethnographer’s Advocacy: Working Together with Children and Youth. After Ethnography? Anthropology, Education and the Knowledge Economy, Oxford University
  • 2009     Native Hawaiian Charter Schools – Schools without Walls: Indigenous
  • Education in the Formal Learning Institution. Talking Anthropology, MASN-Austria, Vienna


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