Alyssa Grossman is currently a third-year doctoral student in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, England. Her research involves investigating everyday sites and practices of memory construction in post-socialist Romania. She has been doing fieldwork in Romania since 1999, when she received a Fulbright grant to study the politics and poetics of ethnographic museums there. Since then she has collaborated with other anthropologists and visual artists on various projects and museum exhibitions related to material culture and visual studies.
She completed her MA at the University of Manchester's Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology in 2005, and has made several short ethnographic documentaries both in Romania and the UK.
Alyssa's film, Into the Field, examines the everyday "secular" lives of nuns residing in the Romanian Orthodox monastery of Varatec.
Films Available at DER
Into the Field