Sonia Mendes is studying history and social anthropology at the University of Fribourg. She is currently member of the SAA Board as the student representative of the french speaking students in Switzerland. Captivated by epistemological questions, she tries to deepen the possibilities given by approaches of reflexivity in her studies. She is mainly interested in questions related to the power lain in the (non-)recognition of different social categories (notably handicaps, gender, poverty) and the consequences in their lives. Having also founded a Buddy system in the department of social sciences in Fribourg, she is broadly interested in socio-cultural animation and aspires to more possibilities of binding this field with anthropology in the realm of studies, and therefore in the labour market, as anthropological methods appear to be used in many contexts.