Marlen Elders

Project Assistant

Marlen Elders completed her MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (Germany) with a thesis on exploring aesthetics, sensory perception and atmosphere. In examining a campsite as an assemblage of force fields, affects and materialities, she experimented with creative research methods, aiming to expand ethnological fieldwork and explore new forms of presentation.


Academic Biography

since 2016
Project assistant of the research group Highland Asia responsible for events and editorial management
since 2016
Certificate Program in Environmental Studies, Rachel Carson Center, Ludwigs-Maximilians University Munich
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
Bachelor of Arts, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (major) and Art, Music and Theatre Studies (minor), 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)

Professional Experience Outside Academia

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



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



“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.)

Highland Asia Research Group
LMU, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich, Germany

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