MAYS is an umbrella group of PhD and early career researchers under the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and is part of the larger EASA Medical Anthropology Europe Network (MAE). 

Founded in 2009, MAYS works to support a growing diverse network of more than 450 creative, professional and supportive young scholars mainly from European universities and research institutions who share a common interest in medical anthropology.

Coordinated by two PhD students, MAYS aims at connecting scholars at the beginning of their careers, providing feedback and support, and facilitating collaborations between students at different institutions in Europe and beyond.

The main activity of MAYS are the annual meetings taking place at a different university in Europe each year. These meetings provide a space for early career scholars to present their work among their peers and discuss current issues in medical anthropology from a young scholars’ perspective. The meetings usually also include a keynote and workshops by senior scholars on academic writing, different research methods or other skills relevant to medical anthropologists.

Apart from the meetings MAYS maintains a Facebook group and a mailing list to connect our members and to share news, job postings, CfPs and information on scholarships.


Become a member to gain access to the MAYS Google Group, listserv, Facebook group, and wider MAYS community.

Stay updated on relevant medical anthropology events, news, job postings, conferences, scholarships, and conversations amongst its members.

You can also follow us and the Medical Anthropology Europe network on Twitter.

No membership fees!

Learn more about EASA and its Medical Anthropology Europe network

Current MAYS Coordinators:

Robert Dean Smith
PhD Student, Anthropology and Sociology
Geneva Graduate Institute

Magdalena Góralska
PhD Candidate, Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
University of Warsaw