Medeia Csoba DeHass
Office: Sherman House
2009 PhD., Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2002 M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Eötvös Loránd University
2002 M.A., History, Eötvös Loránd University
During her tenure as an NSF postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Arctic Studies and the Native American Studies Program, Medeia will be engaged in research on the ethnohistory of the Lower Kenai Sugpiaq people through archival sources and in collaboration with the Sugpiaq community of Nanwalek, Alaska. Through this project she will be studying processes inherent in Native Peoples' adaptive historical interpretation and the expression of culture specific historical representation through collaborative work.
Medeia's postdoctoral research project is a continuation of her long-term work with the community of Nanwalek, including her doctoral research on Sugpiaq Russian Orthodoxy. In her dissertation, Sugpiaq Russian Orthodoxy – Conceptual Analogy in Religious Syncretism in Nanwalek, Alaska, Medeia explored the correlations between religious syncretism and the practices of renegotiated local identities by investigating the connections between religious conversion and the dynamics ofsecular life in the local context.
In addition to her ongoing work in Alaska, Medeia is interested in the anthropology of Eastern Christianity, arctic anthropology and the significance of local epistemological views in cultural history and ethnohistory.
Last Updated: 11/17/11