Marlen Elders

Project Assistant

Marlen Elders completed her MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the LMU Munich with a thesis on exploring aesthetics and sensory perception. In examining a campsite as an assemblage of force fields, affects and materialities, she experimented with creative research methods, aiming to explore new forms of ethnographic presentation. In 2017 she worked on an exhibition on Munich’s environmental (hi)stories at the Rachel Carson Center.


Academic Biography

Environmental Certificate Program in Environmental Studies, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität Munich
since 2016
Project assistant of the research group Highland Asia responsible for events and editorial management
Conference planing, implementation and post processing of the conference “Sight meets Sound”, 16.-19. June, Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich
Master of Arts, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich
Tutor with teaching responsibilities (B.A. level), Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich
fieldwork in Asturias, Spain on Creative Ethnography, Aesthetics and Camping (1 month)
fieldwork in Sevilla, Spain on Arts and economic crisis, the artists perspectives (1 month)
Bachelor of Arts, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (major) and Art, Music and Theatre Studies (minor), Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich

Professional Experience Outside Academia

since 2010
Freelance event management in theatre and comedy
Personal Assistant of fashion designer and CEO of Samtherz GmbH, Munich



June 2016
"Perfoming ethnographic assemblages" Sight meets Sound - Critical media practice and the ethnographic project, International Conference at the LMU Munich in co-operation with and Harvard University, 17-19 June (with Dimona Stöckle)
May 2013
“Künstler in Zeiten der Wirtschaftskrise und die Frage nach einer gesellschaftlichen Funktion von Kunst” research report “Bericht über eine studentische Lehrforschung nach Sevilla” Oberseminar, Institut für Ethnologie, LMU München, 6 May
Mar 2013
“Sobre la identidad artística y la función de arte en la crisis” work in progress research talk at the Spanish-German Symposium “Experiencias Etnográficas en Andalucía" at the University Sevilla, Spain, 21.-22. March


"Democratic Green" In "Ecopolis München," edited by L. Sasha Gora. Environment & Society Portal, Virtual Exhibitions 2017, no. 2. Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.
"Nurturing My Greens with High-Tech? Reflections on Vertical Farming and the PlantCube" Seeing the Woods. A blog by the Rachel Carson Center
“Let’s Save the World Gardening!” (Student Research: Permaculture – Alternative Agriculture, part 1). Seeing the Woods. A blog by the Rachel Carson Center
“Ein Campingplatz auf der Suche nach seiner Atmosphäre – Sinneswahrnehmungen zwischen Stirnlampe und Gummistiefeln”. Forschungsjournal 2014: Studentische Feldforschungen am Institut für Ethnologie. Sökefeld, Martin; Burger, Lisa (Hrsg.)

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