Sensations and Symptoms: embodied experiences and responses to illness (CfP for EASA conference panel, Lisbon, 5-7 July 2017)

The European Association of Social Anthropologists Medical Anthropology Network is holding its Biannual Conference Network Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, from 5-7 July 2017. The theme of the conference is Bodies in Transition – Power, Knowledge and Medical Anthropology. Fredrik Nyman and Christina Dobson (Durham University) are coordinating a panel entitled ‘Sensations and Symptoms: embodied experiences and responses to illness’. Read the full article…

Call for Review: ‘An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain’ by Dori-Michelle Beeler

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain (Dori-Michelle Beeler, 2016) for review, which explores constructions of well-being among Reiki practitioners in the UK. Further information about the themes under study can be found at Cambridge Scholars Press. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Read the full article…

Embodied Belonging: In/Exclusion, Health Care, and Well-Being in a World in Motion (CfP, Freie Universität Berlin, 4-7 October 2017)

This workshop is organised by the Work Group Medical Anthropology at the German Anthropological Association Conference “Belonging: Affective, moral, and political practices in an interconnected world”. Increasing human mobility and worldwide migration processes of varying scope are provoking new experiences and practices of belonging related to the body, health care, and well-being. This is significant Read the full article…

‘Addicted. Pregnant. Poor’ reviewed by Dr Kwanwook Kim

Addicted. Pregnant. Poor by Kelly Ray Knight (Duke University Press, 2015). This deeply engaging and long standing ethnography conducted from 2007 to 2011 fully discloses the sufferings of women living in daily rent hotels in abandoned industrial spaces in San Francisco, who are categorised as “addicted, pregnant, poor.” Kelly Ray Knight focuses on the pregnancy-related Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms’ by Tobias Rees

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms‘ by Tobias Rees (University of California Press, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Throughout the twentieth century, neuronal researchers knew the adult human brain to be a thoroughly fixed and immutable Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Metrics: What Counts in Global Health’ edited by Vincanne Adams

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘Metrics: What Counts in Global Health’ edited by Vincanne Adams (Duke University Press, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. This volume’s contributors evaluate the accomplishments, limits, and consequences of using quantitative metrics in global health. Whether analyzing maternal mortality rates, the Read the full article…

‘Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium’ reviewed by Dr Erica Borgstrom

Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium, edited by Veena Das and Clara Han (University of California Press, 2016). Living and Dying in the Contemporary World provides rich insights into and theoretical contributions about how people struggle and the everyday ways in which they make sense of, do, and even invert suffering in Read the full article…

‘Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda’ reviewed by Dr Megan Wainwright

Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda edited by Susan Reynold Whyte (Duke University Press, 2014). Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda is an account of the lives of the first generation of people to experience not only the widespread availability of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) but its accessibility through free treatment programmes. It offers a window into Read the full article…

AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral studentships: history of medicine and medical anthropology (The Science Museum)

A consortium of the Science Museum Group Museums, BT Archives, the RGS-IBG and the Royal Society has been awarded eighteen AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral studentships over three years. The Science Museum, in particular, is interested in proposals concerning the history of medicine and medical anthropology relating to: Sites of scientific research and their material culture: the Read the full article…

Global Healthcare Professionals in Medical Anthropology (CfP, University of Sussex, 9-11 September 2015)

‘Global Healthcare Professionals in Medical Anthropology: issues of theory, methods and practice’ Call for papers closes on 27th April 2015 MAGic 2015 conference – (EASA) & RAI at the University of Sussex, UK, 9-11th September 2015 This panel explores the role of practicing healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and other allied professionals) involved in Read the full article…