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Matthew Amster

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Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College

Matthew Amster is a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker with extensive experience working in Borneo and, more recently, has started a new project in Denmark.

His research in Borneo was among the Kelabit of Sarawak, with special focus on religious conversion and change, urban ethnicity, gossip and social networks, and the key role of the international border in Kelabit rural life. In 2008, he completed his first film, “The Internet and the Water Buffalo,” about the introduction of the internet into the interior highlands of Borneo.

He has also written about Civil War reeanactors from an anthropological perspective and began work on a film about Gettysburg. His newest research and film project is on Viking reenactment and Norse paganism in Denmark.

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  • SEAP Faculty Associate in Research