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Maria Angel

Maria Angel  

Year of start
: 2012
Subject: Digital Anthropology

Academic Background/Education

  • PhD Candidate in Anthropology (University College London) 2012-2016
  • Master of Research in Anthropology (University College London) 2012
  • Master of Science in Digital Anthropology (University College London) 2011
  • BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology (University of Barcelona – Spain) 1996

Research Topic/Provisional Dissertation Title

Colombia’s Digit@l Orph@ns and Childless P@rents: maintaining sentiments across national borders


First Supervisor: Dr Rodney Reynolds (Institute Child Health, UCL)
Second Supervisor: Professor Susanne Kuelcher (Department of Anthropology, UCL)


As a digital anthropologist, my interest focuses on the impact of the use of new media on tech-mediated relationships. My research calls attention to the changing nature of migrants’ family structures, with a special interest in Colombian trans-national families and the London-Colombian diaspora. I am particularly interested in the culture created by children through their separation from their parents and their adoption of new media in order to maintain their filial bonds. My research is concentrated on the varying ways that family members express their emotions through digital channels such as Skype, Facebook, mobile phones, Instagram, What’sApp, Line, etc. Digital channels contribute to the maintenance and reunification of families separated by migration, but it also allows family members to disguise uncomfortable realities about their lives from one another. I have a particular interest in instances such as these and the impact that this has on the complete migratory itinerary.

Research interests

  • Digital Communication
  • Kinship
  • Migration Studies
  • Transnational Families
  • Anthropology of Children and Childhood
  • Anthropology of Emotions
  • Anthropology of Time
  • Colombian Migration in the UK
  • Latin America Studies
  • Compadrazgo (Co-parenthood)

Research Projects Participation

2013-2014 Research Assistant for EU Maseltov Project and IN3 (


The Colombian Society at UCL (Treasurer, 2013-2014)

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