The Team


Project Coordinator    director.hpn@em-a.eu 

Alex Bunten

Moscow, Russia

Alex is an MA Euroculture graduate (2009-2011) from Uppsala University (Sweden) and the University of Deusto (Spain). His thesis work and main research interests are related to European town twinning (sister cities) and the role of cultural diplomacy.  Previously, he studied a BA in English Literature at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  He is currently working in Russia as the Executive Centre Assistant Director of Studies at BKC International House.




Conference Advisors at Roskilde University

Professor Thomas Tufte / Professor Kim Christian Schrøder / Graduate secretary Signe Berri


Programme    events.hpn@em-a.eu

Amaranta Alfaro

Hamburg, Germany

Amaranta is a PhD student in the Graduate School for Media & Communication at Hamburg University. She received an Erasmus Mundus Master of Arts in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies (CoMundus 2008-2010) from the Universities of Roskilde (Denmark) and Kassel (Germany). She also holds a BA in Communication, a Journalist degree from the Diego Portales University (Chile), and a diploma on Cultural Management from the Catholic University in Chile. Her current research interest is the integration and participation possibilities of social media in Chile and Latin America. She hopes to link the latter with her interest on social cohesion and development in the region. Amaranta participates actively in the EMA community, recently joining the Academic & Cultural Team at EMA Latin American Chapter.


Paul Amanze Anumudu

Manchester, England

Paul is an MA Crossways in European Humanities graduate (2008-2010) from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), Université de Perpignan (France), and Università degli studi di Bergamo (Italy). He is currently working at the University of Perpignan as a PhD candidate in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme, Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones. He will later undertake research at the University of Sydney, Australia, and the University of Tubingen, Germany. His research focuses on the literary and cultural productions of African migrants in Europe, examining African communities in Britain and France as complex interzonal spaces of decentralization and resistance. Paul is currently in charge of disseminating the scientific activities of all Literary Interzones candidates.



Communications    comms.hpn@em-a.eu 
Nataliya Matamoros
Kiev, Ukraine

Nataliya is an alumnus of EMMC Crossways in European Humanities (2008-2010) and received her degree from the University of Tuebingen (Germany), University of St Andrews (Scotland), and the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). She also holds an MA in Linguistics from Luhansk National University, Ukraine, as well as a degree in web design and Internet technologies. Her research interests are in the sphere of visual narratives and gender studies. Currently, she works as a web designer for Avon Cosmetics Ukraine/Georgia.


Ya-Ting Yang

Frankfurt, Germany

Kim is an MA Euroculture graduate from the University of Groningen (Holland) and the University of Deusto (Spain).  She conducted her master thesis research on dissecting the normative power of European Union foreign policy towards the human rights defenders in Colombia. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Foreign Language and Literature, and a minor in European studies from National Taiwan University. Currently, she works as an International Account Executive, coordinating media planning for Hyundai Motorgroup in 30 European countries. She hopes to link her current job with her research interest in the future, examining the effect of media acting as a normative power. She is a member of the Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association and was a course representative for the Euroculture program.



Peggy Sue Ewanyshyn

Edmonton, Canada

Peggy Sue graduated in 2009 with a joint International Master in Digital Library Learning (DILL) degree from Oslo University College (Norway), Tallinn University (Estonia), and the University of Parma (Italy). She also holds an MLIS and a BA (English, Art History) from the University of Alberta, and a BEd (Secondary English) from the University of Calgary. Peggy Sue continues to pursue her interest in preserving cultural heritage in her role as Digitization Librarian at the University of Alberta. She is also the Communications Coordinator for the EMA North American Chapter.





Finance    finance.hpn@em-a.eu
Yan Cheng
              
Frankfurt, Germany

Yan is a MA CoMundus (2008-2010) graduate from Roskilde University (Denmark) and University of Kassel (Germany). Before joining the Erasmus Mundus Programme, she holds another MA in History from Fudan University, China. She also visited Heidelberg University, Germany. Her current research interests lie in environmental communication and communication of climate change. Since 2009 she has been working as a freelancer for China Business News, Xinhua News Agency, and SINA.COM. Currently, Yan serves as the Communication Director of Erasmus Mundus Chinese Chapter.


Leasa Weimer
Jyväskylä, Finland

Leasa Weimer is a Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Georgia (UGA) Institute for Higher Education. She was awarded a Fulbright grant and an American-Scandinavian Foundation grant in support of her dissertation research exploring international student tuition fees in Finland, allowing her to spend the 2011-12 academic year in Finland. In 2006, she was awarded a European Union Erasmus Mundus scholarship wherein she completed a joint-degree master’s program (and became a Europhile), living and studying in Oslo, Norway; Tampere, Finland; and Aveiro, Portugal. Leasa earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Currently, Leasa serves as the President of the Erasmus Mundus North American Regional Chapter.



  Support Team
Mathias Donfouet
Palermo, Italy

Mathias Donfouet is an Erasmus Mundus Master student in German Literature in the European Middle Ages at the Universities of Bremen (Germany), Porto (Portugal) and Palermo (Italy). He is currently preparing a thesis on forms and roles of narrative patterns in constructing generations and genealogies in pre-modern societies. Mathias is also interested in questions related to the transmission of cultural heritage. He holds a BA in German Studies from the University of Yaoundé 1 and graduated in Pedagogy and Didactics from the Ecole Normale Supérieur in Yaoundé.





May Belle Guillergan

The Philippines

 May Belle is a faculty member of the Division of Humanities at the University of the Philippines Visayas. She also currently works as a freelance documentary producer/director for community projects in Panay, Philippines. She is an Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism and Media within Globalisation graduate from the University of Hamburg (Germany), 2009-2011. She has worked as a writer for various journals and as a scriptwriter for TV in Iloilo City, Philippines. Her current research interests are in youth media and media literacy.