Dr Callie Vandewiele
My name is Callie Vandewiele and I am a lecturer in the newly formed Global Studies Program. My PhD is in Latin American Studies, and I have previously studied and worked in the field of Gender Studies. I am affiliated with Anthropology and my appointment began in February, 2020.
Research | Current
My current research focuses on heritage resurgence with Maya communities in Guatemala, and the ways in which individual communities and the Pan Maya movement rebuild, reimagine, and recreate a shared Maya heritage rooted in the ancient Maya past using museum objects as reservoirs of knowledge. Working specifically with Q'eqchi' weavers in the Alta Verapaz, I examine the intersection between political projects, heritage and the complexities of indigenous objects in museum collections across the United States and Europe.
My previous research includes the juxtaposition of masculine identities and evangelical megachurches in the political landscape of the United States as well as the decolonization of museums as practice. I completed my PhD at Newnham College at the University of Cambridge funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust.
Teaching | Current
I am new to teaching at Auckland and am teaching the Global Studies Curriculum as well as a paper on migration in the Americas.
In the past I have supervised students on the following courses:
Soc3: Modern Socieites
Soc11: Racism, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity