Meet the 2022 Medusa Organizing Committee

The Medusa Organizing Committee is made up of graduate students currently enrolled in masters and doctoral programs at the University of Toronto. As a team, the organizing committee coordinates the call for papers, submissions, conference panels, and professional development workshops.


Chloe Mei Yee Wong-Mersereau 

Medusa Conference Coordinator

Chloe Mei Yee Wong-Mersereau (she/her) is the Medusa Conference Coordinator for 2022. She is a first year MA student in the medical anthropology stream of social-cultural anthropology. Her research interests relate to aging in the diasporas; immigrant health and disabilities; transplantation; as well as sensory and institutional ethnography.

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Alannagh Maciw

Website Coordinator

Alannagh Maciw is a first-year archaeology Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto’s Anthropology department. Her research focuses on household ritual, commensalism, and family among the Moche of Peru.


Tiina Maripuu

Conference Organizing Member

Tiina Maripuu is a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto Anthropology Department. Tiina is also part of the collaborative program in: Aging, palliative, and Supportive Care Across the Life Course. Her focus is on the end-of-life care and social/emotional well-being of the elder individuals in institutional settings.


Gabriele Foerster 

Creative Director

Gabriele Praise Foerster (she/her) is a first year MA student studying Medical Anthropology. Her research is centred around the unique intersections of biomedical institutions and traditional forms of healing in Malawi. Through her research she explores the ways in which religion, witchcraft, and western medicine coexist and take on multiple forms in various contexts.


Christopher Wai

Conference Organizing Member

Christopher Wai is a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto’s Anthropology Department. His research focuses on ritual conflict and violence during the Moche-Chimu periods of the North Coast of Peru.


Talia Vogt


Talia Vogt (she/her) is a first-year MA student in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests relate to youth culture, social media, and activism in Canada and the United States, studying the influences of neoliberalism and white supremacy on online social movements.

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Anne-Julie Robitaille

Conference Organizing Member

Anne-Julie Robitaille (she/her) is a first-year MSc student at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Neolithic archaeology of China, music archaeology, and the influences of nationalism on archaeological paradigms and cultural heritage management.


Amanda Darvi

Conference Organizing Member

Amanda Darvi is a first-year MSc student in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is broadly interested in evolutionary processes that produce skeletal variation in humans and fossil hominids.


Janita Van Dyk

Grant Advisor

Virendra Mathur


Conference Organizing Member

Virendra (he/him) is a second year doctoral student in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He is also enrolled in the collaborative specialization in Environmental Studies at the School of the Environment. He is a primatologist by training, and studies wild populations of the Himalayan Langur in the broadleaf forests and temperate forests of the Himalayas. He will study the spatial cognitive abilities and movement ecology of this colobine primate in their natural habitat during his PhD. His research will have implications for human wildlife coexistence using the movement ecology of this primate in a human modified environment. He is interested in the overlap of anthropology and primatology, and developing a mixed methods approach to foster habitat conservation in the Himalayan landscape.