MAYS 2018 Annual Meeting Announced!

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Abstract Deadline: April 22nd 2018

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Within Anthropology, creative methods have been emerging as useful and engaging tools for conducting research about health, illness and the body. From innovative and experimental uses of film and media to participatory arts research, methods once reserved for the arts have taken on new relevance as anthropological tools to gather ethnographic data and present findings. Furthermore, creative arts research methods open up new ways of involving research participants and communities in the research process, challenging the roles of research(ers) and interlocutors and definitions of knowledge production.

This conference seeks to instigate discussions about how the creative process and its methods have been useful – or not – in researching topics in medical anthropology. Our aim is not a discussion of anthropological theories of the art and the image, but instead ask:

  • How do medical anthropology researchers craft creative methodological tools to better understand experiences of illness and well-ness, the body and beyond?
  • What are the challenges and successes associated with utilizing creative skills in research and production? Or as early career researchers within the broader context of academia?
  • How do creative and collaborative methods affect the relationships between researcher, research participants, and communities?
  • Do collaborative and participatory methods invite an activist model to research? If so, what are its promises and pitfalls?
  • And finally, what can medical anthropology as a field gain from said approaches?

We enthusiastically invite contributions that explore these and other questions in relation to the use of creative methods in medical anthropology. Possible topics include but are not limited to the interplay between medical anthropological goals and attentions, ethnographic film and multimedia, drawing and visual field notes, exhibitions and museum curation, public art and installations, participatory arts research methods, architecture and design, performance and theater, and storytelling and fiction. We also invite creative presentations of research findings that showcase its creative methodological approaches and findings.

We invite you to submit an abstract of 300 words maximum, and three keywords at the link below (we will not accept abstracts via email.) After the notification of acceptance you will be requested to submit your material six weeks prior to the meeting (details below).

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Abstract Deadline: April 22nd 2018

Notification of Acceptance: April 30th 2018

Deadline for presentation submission: August 22th 2018

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Format of the meeting

As in previous years, the MAYS meeting will have a peer-review structure to provide an opportunity for all attendees to receive feedback and engage with one another’s work. Accepted applicants will be organised into parallel group sessions. These sessions will include 15-minute presentations and 20 minutes of discussions. Presentations will be made in a ‘presenter tandems’ fashion – in that another attendee will present your paper to the session group, and you will be asked to present your tandem partner’s paper in return. Feedback will given by all session group participants.

Workshops

The meeting will also offer workshops with anthropologists that have employed creative methods in research about health, illness and well-being. The workshops are aimed at providing practical insights into the use of creative methods. Further information about the workshops and a keynote lecture will follow in due time.

Contributions

In accordance with this years’ theme, we invite contributions in various forms and formats such as:

  • papers (max. 5000 words)
  • research proposals, research reports etc. (max. 5000 words)
  • poetry, creative nonfiction
  • photographry, paintings, drawings
  • short films
  • songs, music and other kinds of audio material
  • recordings of or live performances

Regardless of the type of contribution, you should be able to provide a majority portion of your material digitally to your tandem partner six week in advance of the Meeting, so that your they can prepare their feedback. In cases of non text based presentation, please add a short comment (max. 2 pages) to any non-text based contributions illustrating the context of the material, and/or questions you would like to discuss.
Registration Fee

There will be a small registration fee of 10 EUR to cover the costs of coffee breaks and lunch, which will be provided at both days of the conference. The fee is to be paid in cash upon arrival.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to Berlin!

MAYS Coordinators (mays.easa@gmail.com) 

Ursula Probst, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

Lilian Kennedy, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

Welcome Ursula to the post of MAYS coordinator!

Call for new MAYS Co. (1)

Ever since attending her first MAYS meeting in 2013, Ursula has been a huge fan of the network. She appreciated the friendly and cooperative atmosphere created by the MAYS members and coordinators, and firmly believes that in times of academic precarity, a network like MAYS plays a vital role in creating spaces for medical anthropology students and young scholars to openly exchange ideas and build collaboration and support. Although Ursula became coordinator under the very unfortunate circumstance of Erica’s resignation (Erica had to step down due to changes in her German residency circumstances) , she hopes to continue the great work of the previous coordinators and is looking forward to bringing the annual meeting to Berlin once again.

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Previous academic endeavours have led her to Vienna, Berlin and Krasnoyarsk, and Ursula is now back in Berlin to pursue a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin.

Building on her research interests in sexuality, health and migration, Ursula is currently conducting fieldwork on the everyday lives and experiences of migrants from Central and Eastern European countries engaged in sex work in Berlin.

In the few moments she is not busy with anthropology or activism, Ursula enjoys wandering around in nature, swimming in the lakes of Brandenburg – both preferably at cold temperatures – and reading dystopian novels.

You can get in touch with her via e-mail at ursula.probst@fu-berlin.de

New MAYS Coordinator! Welcome Erica Niebauer!

Dear MAYS Community,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Erica Niebauer, of the University of Heidelberg, to the post of MAYS Coordinator!

 

Starting later this summer, Erica will be taking over for Mari Concetta Lo Bosco, and co-coordinating with Lilian Kennedy.  She will carry on the fantastic work that Mari, and previous MAYS coordinators have done to continue to bring MAYS members together, and create spaces in which we can support each others’ research and medical anthropological goals.

Erica’s application for the position highlighted her goals for the next MAYS conference, which will be held in Heidelberg, Germany. Her statement can be found below.

Erica Niebauer

Erica’s Application Text:
I am writing to apply for the MAYS Coordinator Position for 2017-2019. I am currently a master’s student at the University of Heidelberg, in Heidelberg, Germany, in the Medical Anthropology program of Health and Society in South Asia. I have attended the most recent MAYS conference in Edinburgh this June, and was very inspired by the community and potential directions of these conferences.

My proposed theme for the next MAYS conference would be on the collaboration of Medical Anthropology and artistic methods. I would propose focusing one day on art as research and the other on research as art, and would invite Medical Anthropology projects which have some artistic component, whether it be film, website design, photography, performance studies, participatory methods, etc, into a discussion of the future of collaborations between Medical and Visual Anthropology. I would be interested in inviting Medical/Visual Anthropologists to present their work, as well as suggesting workshops on using photography in research, using storytelling as a writing method, analyzing ethnographic film for Medical Anthropology purposes, etc. as some examples. The practical aspect of these workshops would be very interesting, and I would be interested I’m designing them to be very interactive, so the participants are able to shortly learn a skill, which they can potentially elaborate on in the future. (ie. writing ethnographic findings into a story in the narrative sense.) I would base the conference at the University of Heidelberg, in the department for Medical Anthropology at the South Asian Institute, and due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, would be able to collaborate with the Visual and Media Anthropology department at the Karl Jaspers Center for Transcultural Studies, also at the University of Heidelberg.

I have experience in both Medical and Visual Anthropology, and also in program and project design and management. In high school and university I began and led various student clubs, where I organized events, fundraising, and meetings. I have also worked in event assistance, for the SHARE Institute in California. I have extensive organization skills, due to my time as a student and also a social worker doing case management. I also helped design a program for refugee food security during an internship at the IRC in California, where I completed project planning, made and maintained contacts for project support and donations, and implemented courses and training for participants. My experience in planning, organization, and Medical Anthropology would make me a suitable candidate for the position of MAYS Coordinator, and I very much look forward to your reply!

 

Congratulations again to Erica!

We look forward to benefitting from her vision and diligence in her new role!

 

All best,
Lilian and Mari

 

Mays Coordinator Election!

Dear MAYS members!

The election for the next MAYS Coordinator is upon us!

Please use the form below to read the statements of interest from the candidates who have applied. Then please submit your vote for who you would like to be the next MAYS coordinator (a two-year term) and the person who will take the lead in planning the next MAYS Meeting.

The election will close on July 22nd. 

The form:

https://airtable.com/shrtRZRYiyzoekmzI

The candidates who have applied are: 

Erica Niebauer – University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg
Abin Thomas – King’s College London, UK
Katre Koppel – University of Tartu, Estonia
Ursula Probst – Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Olivia Bowsher – University College London, UK
Fredrik Nyman – Durham University, UK

 

Thank you for your participation!

Lilian and Mari

Call for new MAYS coordinator!

Dear all,

We would like to notify you about the extended deadline to apply for a new MAYS Coordinator!

We are looking for one new coordinator who will take Mari’s place from August-September on and together with Lilian keep MAYS as lively and active as usual. We currently have more than 500 members from all over the world and we keep on growing! Through MAYS, young scholars in medical anthropology have the opportunity to exchange their ideas and discuss their work in the pleasant peer-atmosphere of our annual meetings.

The MAYS coordinators simultaneously function as student representatives on the board of the Medical Anthropology Network within EASA however, the main work of MAYS coordination consists in the management of the MAYS google group, updating the website, and, which certainly is the most fun, organising the annual conference. Of course, there are all kinds of other things one could think of, but that’s all up to the new coordinators.

There are basically no requirements you have to fulfil other than being a PhD student in medical anthropology but it is certainly very helpful to have the backup of an anthropological institution (that could also, for instance, host a future annual MAYS conference).

The deadline for sending in your application is July 15th!

Here are 5 good reasons why you should consider becoming a MAYS Coordinator:

  1. You get to turn your ideas regarding medical anthropology into concrete events that inspire many other students.
  2. You learn a lot about event organisation and networking.
  3. You get to know lots of amazing people and significantly enlarge your professional network.
  4. You have experienced MAYS-veterans (Claire Beaudevin, Susann Huschke, Katerina Ferkov, Dominik Mattes, Judith Schuehle; Natashe Lemos Dekker, Mari Lo Bosco) by your side and you get to profit from the great work that Lilian, your co-coordinator, does!
  5. It’s great for your CV – not just in academia.

If you want to get more actively engaged in MAYS, please write a short e-mail to mays.easa@gmail.com. Please attach a short CV with a few lines on your current professional situation with regard to your academic career/status and institutional affiliation and your ideas for MAYS. This application will then be circulated among all MAYS members and will be the basis for members to vote. 
Please send your application in by July 15th!

The online elections will take place from July 16th until July 22th.

Please do not hesitate to write if you have any further specific questions!
We’ll be happy to tell you more about the fun that being a MAYS Coordinator entails!

We are very much looking forward to hearing from you!

Mari and Lilian

 

2017 MAYS Annual Meeting – Call for Abstract is now online!

Hi all!We are happy to announce that the

We are happy to announce that the 8th MAYS Annual Meeting will take place on 15th and 16th of June 2017 at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Students of Medical Anthropology (SoMA) of the University of Edinburgh.

This year, the theme of the meeting is

Medical Anthropology beyond Academic Borders

We invite you to send your abstract (max 300 words) to mays.easa@gmail.com by 6 February 2017. Infos about workshops and the keynote lecture will follow later.Please download the full Call for Paper here. 

We are looking forward to getting to know your work and welcoming you in Edinburgh!

your MAYS Coordinators

Lilian and Mari