Amanda videographer


My research and teaching interests are in the collaborative production of film documentaries and new media, which highlight marginalized ecological and cultural resources through a process that is founded upon and empowers local perspectives, voices and visions.



  • Ph.D. (Ecological and Visual Anthropology), University of Florida, May 2010.
    •  Dissertation: Who is Nature?: Yoruba Religion and Ecology in Cuba.
  • M.A. (Latin American Studies / Tropical Conservation and Development), University of Florida, May 2003.
    • Thesis: Resident Perspectives of Ecotourism as a Tool for Community-Based Development: Case Study Samaná, Dominican Republic.
  • B.A. (Foreign Languages), New College: the State Honors College of Florida, May 1997.
    • Thesis: Foreign Language Pedagogy.
  • College of Central Florida College, Aug 1991 - Dec 1993., Phi Theta Kappa.


  • Certificate, Digital Storytelling, University of Florida School of Journalism and Communication, 2011.
  • Certificate, Florida School of Massage, 2011.
  • Certificate, Thai Yoga Massage Levels I-V, 2005-2010. 
  • Certificate, Environmental Education Workshop, University of Florida, 2007 
  • Certificate, Participatory Methods Workshop, University of Florida, 2003. 
  • Certificate, Women's Studies, University of Florida, 2002. 
  • Certificate, Gender Studies Workshop, University of Florida, 2002. 
  • Certificate, Ecotourism Workshop, CEBSE Samaná, Dominican Republic, 2001. 
  • Certificate, The Laubauch Method of Teaching English as a Second Language, 1996. 
  • Certificate, Spanish Language Studies, Intercultura, 1995.



  • Research Associate, University of Florida Agricultural Education and Communication, Spring 2011 to present.
  • Videographer, University of FloridaWater Institute, Fall 2011
  • Videographer, University of Florida Low-Impact Development, Gainesville Regional Utilities and St. John’s River Water Management District, Summer and Fall 2011.
  • Videographer, Florida School of Massage, Summer, Fall 2010, Spring 2011.
  • Co-Chair, Religion, Science and the Future Project, Fall 2010- Spring 2011.
  • Teaching Associate ANT 4403 Environment and Cultural Behavior, Summer A 2007, 2008, 2009; Spring 2010.
  • Teaching Assistant, ANT 3302, Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Fall 2009.
  • Visual Documenter and Podcaster, African Studies Cultural Heritage Management, Sustainability in Florida Conference, International Society of Religion, Nature & Culture Conference, 2006-present
  • Head Teaching Assistant ANT 2301: Human Sexuality and Culture, Fall 2008
  • Teacher ANT 4403 Environment and Cultural Behavior, Summer A 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Teaching Assistant ANT 2301 Human Sexuality and Culture, Spring 2007- Fall 2008
  • Travel Interpreter and Assistant Guide, Travel Studies Abroad (Paris), Mar 1998 to present.
  • Research Consultant and Ethnographer, Anthropology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Jan 2002-2006.
  • Intern, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Gainesville, FL. Nov 2001 - 2003.
  • Yoga and Transformational Movement teacher, Silver Lotus, Aug 2002- 2004.
  • Teaching Assistant, Latin American Studies Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Aug 2001 - 2003.
  • Consultant and Research Assistant, IUCN/UF (The World Conservation Union/ University of Florida), Gainesville, FL. Jun 2000 - May 2001.
  • Volunteer Tutor, Bethune Community School, Immokalee, FL. Dec 1999 - Feb 2000.



  • Concha-Holmes, Amanda. 2012. “Decolonizing the Imaging of African-Derived Religions” in Bernd Reiter and Kimberly Simmons, eds. Afro-Descendants, Identity, and the Struggle for Development in the Americas. Michigan State UniversityPress.
  • Holmes, Amanda. 2008. Cuban Voices On Being Cuban and the Future in Cuba. Transforming Anthropology: Journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists. 16(1): 70-71.
  • Barborak, J.R., J.D. Peskin, G.R. Mueller, A.D. Holmes, and C. Suarez. 2002. Community involvement in managing protected areas of the MesoAmerican barrier reef system—How real is it? Policy Matters: Sustainable Livlihoods and Co-Management of Natural Resources. IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. Issue 10.


  • Holmes, Amanda D. December 2008. Yoruba Religion and Ecology in Cuba. Forum on Religion and Ecology Newsletter. http://fore.research.yale.edu/publications/newsletters/index.html
  • Oliver-Smith, Anthony, Amanda Holmes, Byron Real, Christopher Berry, Sarah Cervone, Joanna Reilly-Brown, and Astrid Wigidal. 2005. Patterns and Processes of Vulnerability to Hazards in Florida. Gainesville: The ENSO Project, University of Florida, Department of Anthropology.
  • Barborak, James R., David Buck, Kristen Conway, Amanda Holmes, Jerry Mueller, Paula Posas and Byron Real. 2003. El Manejo Participativo de las Areas Protegidas: Situación y Perspectivas en el Ecuador y Paises Vecinos.  Wildlife Conservation Society, Gainesville, FL.
  • Barborak, J., A. Holmes, G.R. Mueller, and J. Peskin. 2002. Community Involvement in Establishment, Planning, and Management of GEF Priority Protected Areas in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Gainesville, FL. Wildlife Conservation Society for the World Bank.


  • Concha-Holmes, Amanda. Understanding Your Soil Moisture Sensor Controllers. www.buildgreen.com\SMS\HomeownerEdu.html (19 minutes, 2011).
  • Concha-Holmes, Amanda. Touch, Heal, Learn: Empower and Transform at the Florida School of Massage (26 minutes, 2010)
  • Holmes, Amanda. Thai Yoga Massage I Instructional Video. (1 hr 35 min, 2009).
  • Holmes, Amanda and FLaVA (Florida Visual Anthropologists) Gainesville Farmers Market: A Possible Economic Alternative (23 minutes, 2009).
  • Holmes, Amanda & Lisa Ogden. Market: a Microcosm of Spirit(uality) (26 minutes, 2005).
  • Holmes, Amanda. Fade to Black (4 minutes, 2005).
  • Holmes, Amanda. Osain in Translation: Ways of Knowing Nature in the Yorùbá Diaspora (14 minutes, 2005).
  • Holmes, Amanda, Judy Anderson, Veronica Sparks and Laura Jervis. Capoeira: Values of Family (16 minutes, 2003).



  • Purdue Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy. 

Panel: Afro-Latin America: Rethinking, Identity, Politics & Culture.

Paper: Decolonizing Image-ing: an Afro-Cuban Cabildo and Grassroots Social Movements

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA). Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies

Paper: Diversity: How do We Show a Monster who is Invisible?

  • Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Seattle, Washington. 23-27 March 2010.

Video: Touch, Heal, Learn: Empower and Transform at the Florida School of Massage

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA). New Orleans, LA. 17-21 Nov 2010.

Panel: Challenging Representations: Racial Habitus and the Circulation of Stereotypes in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Paper: (Re) Presenting African-Derived Ecological Knowledge.

  • Afro-Latin International Conference Reexamining the Black Atlantic. Tampa, FL 28-30 April 2010.

Panel: Cultural Politics

Invited Paper: Decolonizing the Image(s) of African-Derived Religions

  • Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Mérida, Mexico. 23-27 March 2009.

Panel: Globalization and the Marginalized of the Margins in Latin America and the Caribbean

Paper: Afro-Cuban Religious Practitioners: Santeros amidst Globalization Ideology and Practice in Cuba

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA). Philadelphia, Penn. Dec 3-7, 2009.

            Section: Society for Visual Anthropology

            Panel: Media-Producing Anthropologists

Paper/Video: Using Video to Translate Osain: Ways of Knowing Nature in the Yorùbá Diaspora.

  • International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC).

3rd International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC): Religion, Nature and Progress, Amsterdam, Holland May 2009.

            Paper: Yorùbá Religion, Nature and Pedagogy: Using Video as a Tool

  • Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Santa Fe, New Mexico. 17-21 March 2009.

            Paper: Cosmology, Conservation, Collaboration and Cuba

            Video: Gainesville Farmers’ Market: A Possible Alternative (26 min, 2009)

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA). San Francisco, Calif. 19-23 Nov. 2008.

            Sponsoring Section: Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA)

            Panel:  Engaging the African Diaspora: Race, Identity and Social Change

            Paper: Videography: An Approach to Understanding African Diaspora             Epistemologies

  • American Academy of Religion (AAR). Chicago, IL. 31 Oct – 3 Nov 2008.

            Section: Religion and Ecology

            Panel: “New Directions in Religion and Ecology”

            Paper: Spirits in the Forest: Yoruba Diaspora Religion and Ecology in Cuba

            Section: Teaching Religion Section

            Panel: “The Pedagogy of Dissonance: Teaching at the Borders”  

            Paper: Spirits in the Forest: Yorùbá Religion, Ecology, and Pedagogy

  • Conference of the Social Sciences, Gainesville, FL. 18 October 2008.

            Theme: Ethnicity, Identity and Embodiment

            Paper: Embodiment: An Approach to Understanding African Diaspora

  • Graduate Student Council Conference, University of Florida April 2008.

            Panel: Transforming Methodologies in Anthropological Research Today

Paper: Embodiment: an Approach to Understanding African Diaspora Epistemologies

  • International Society for Religion, Nature and Culture, Morelia, Mexico 17- 20 Jan 2008

            Paper: Cognitive mapping of nature: physical, metaphysical and ethical conceptions

            Chair: Technologies of the Imagination: The Arts, “Action,” and Experience as             Natural Necessity.

  • Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA, 14th Triennial Symposium on African Art, Gainesville, FL 28 Mar-1 Apr 2007.

            Theme: Global Africa; Panel title: (Re)Visiting Florida: Africa in our Midst

            Invited Discussant

  • Florida Sustainability Conference, Gainesville, FL 24-25 Nov 2006

            Videographer of event.

  • International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) Gainesville, FL, 1-4 Apr 2006.

            Paper and documentary film: Osain in Translation: Yoruba Religion and Ecology

            Videographer of event.

  • International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) Cocoa, FL. 8-11 Sept 2005.

            Organizing committee member of conference.

  • Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA).

Third Sesquiannual Meeting, Miami, FL 16-18 Jan 2004.

            Database: Displacement of Indigenous Peoples in South America due to Development Projects.

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA) Chicago, IL. 17 – 21 Nov 2003.

            Database: Displacement of Indigenous Peoples in South America due to Development Projects.

  • Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) at the
  • University of Texas Conference, Austin, TX. 14-17 Feb 2002.

            Paper: Resident Perspectives of Ecotourism as a Tool for Development in Samaná,             Dominican Republic

  • Tropical Conservation and Development Gainesville, FL. 21 – 23 Feb 2002.

            Theme: New Horizons, New Challenges in Tropical Conservation and Development,

            Poster: Resident Perspectives of Ecotourism as a Tool for Development in Samaná,             Dominican Republic

  • University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation

            Theme: Working Forests in the Tropics: Conservation through Sustainable             Management. Gainesville, FL. 25-26 Feb 2002.

            Poster: Is Ecotourism the Panacea?

  • Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) Sustaining Seascapes: The Science and Policy of Marine Resource Management, New York, NY. 7- 8 Mar 2002.

            Poster: Collaborative Management of the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef Project



  • American Anthropological Association:
  1. oAssociation of Black Anthropologists
  2. oSoceity for Visual Anthropology
  3. oSociety for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
  4. oAnthropology and the Environment Section
  5. oAssociation for Feminist Anthropology
  6. oSociety for the Anthropology of Consciousness
  7. oCouncil on Anthropology and Education
  8. oSociety for the Anthropology of Religion
  9. oSociety for Cultural Anthropology
  10. oSociety for Humanistic Anthropology
  • Society for Applied Anthropooogy
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Cultural Survival


  • Co-director of FLaVA (Florida Visual Anthropologists) 2008 – 2009.
  • Co-founder of Cypress Roots: Social Entrepreneurship Alternatives 2006.
  • Student Liaison of Society for Religion, Culture and Nature (SRCN) 2005.
  • Co-coordinator of Conservation and Development Forum (CDF) 2005-2006.
  • Co-President of Florida Anthropology Student Association (FASA) 2003.
  • President of Student Association of Latin American Studies (SALAS) 2001.