New MAYS Coordinator Call!

We are happy to announce the 2018 MAYS Coordinator call!


Lilian Kennedy’s (current MAYS coordinator with Ursula Probst) tenure is ending this October and it’s time for a new Coordinator to take her place and work alongside Ursula.

Do you want to take an active role in connecting students and early career scholars with an interest in Medical Anthropology? Would you like to organise the next – 10 year anniversary! – MAYS conference? Do you have ideas about how to expand and deepen the MAYS network? Would you like to expand your skills and contacts and become an organising member of EASA? Are you a postgraduate with at least 2 more years of study based at at university in Europe?

If you would like to apply please use the link below to send in your academic CV, along with short (max 200 words) answers to the following prompts:

  • Short synopsis of research interests and project.
  • Experiences that speak to your eligibility for the role.
  • Next year will mark the 10 year anniversary of MAYS, what would be your plans to expand the MAYS network membership?

Application deadline: Oct 18th 2018

Please click here to apply


Thank you in advance for your interest and application! If you have any questions regarding the application and/or MAYS coordination, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We would also be grateful if you could share this call among your networks!

All best,

Lilian and Ursula

MAYS 2018 Annual Meeting Announced!


Submit abstract by clicking here

Abstract Deadline: April 22nd 2018


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).

Submit abstract by clicking here

Abstract Deadline: April 22nd 2018

Notification of Acceptance: April 30th 2018

Deadline for presentation submission: August 22th 2018


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.


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.


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 ( 

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.


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

New MAYS Coordinator!

Dear MAYS Community,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Francesca Cancelliere, Of the University of Lisbon to the post of MAYS Coordinator!

Starting later this summer, Francesca will be taking over from Lilian Kennedy, and co-coordinating with Ursula Probst.  She will carry on the fantastic work that previous MAYS coordinators have done by continuing to bring MAYS members together, and create spaces in which we can support each others’ research and medical anthropological goals.

Francesca’s application for the position highlighted her goals for the next MAYS conference – the 10 year anniversary Meeting!  Her statement can be found below.

Francesca’s Application Text:

Dear MAYS members,

My name is Francesca Cancelliere and I am currently a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisbon). My research concerns HIV positive children and adolescents in Maputo (Mozambique), and looks at how the politics of adherence to antiretroviral therapy shape their life. I am also part of the Integra project ‘Between biomedicine and local therapies: cross-views on Mental Health in Mozambique’, jointly led by the University of Lisbon, the University of Turin and the University of Maputo.

Since I became a MAYS member in 2016, I enjoyed the network’s richness and diversity. I do believe that sharing opinions and suggestions in a constructive and informal setting is one of the best opportunities young scholars have to improve their work.  Moreover, I believe the opportunity of working in a network that involves different universities, to be extremely valuable in fostering young scholars’ engagement and collaboration, and this is particularly the case when the researchers come from different places and have experience in different kinds of fieldwork. I would like to foster the dialogue of medical anthropology with other disciplines and methodologies. For example, my previous experience as a psychologist working in a multidisciplinary team providing psychosocial support to refugees has boosted my interest in the ethno-psychiatric multidisciplinary approach.  In this regard, I actively collaborated in the organization of conferences both in the University of Lisbon – ‘Resistance and Empire: new approaches and comparisons, International Conference’ – and in the University of Maputo – ‘Integra: Between biomedicine and local therapies: cross-views on Mental Health in Mozambique’.

For the 10-year anniversary I will keep expanding MAYS’s network by especially focusing on supporting the participation of young scholars from Southern and Eastern Europe, since this has been weak in the pasts years. I also think that it would be important to open up our work beyond the academia and become more publicly engaged. Anthropology and social science in general tend to be underestimated and are deemed marginal disciplines. We need to show how, as researchers in social science, we can be active and engaged in the society. For this purpose, it will be extremely valuable for MAYS members to show the works presented at the 10th conference outside the University, by means of proposing informal meetings with the civil society.
My proposal is for the next MAYS meeting, to be held for the first time in Turin, Italy, country which represent the brutality of EU migration politics. These politics as the “immigrant-targeted security decree” in Italy, must turn the attention of the academic world into an active position. This opens up a larger debate about how medical anthropology can keep contributing to the understanding of complex social and political issues as well as engaging in the field according to multiple practices and approaches.


Congratulations again to FranCesca!

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

All best,
Lilian and Ursula

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:

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 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 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

New MAYS representative

Dear MAYS Members,

We, Mari and Natashe, are very pleased to welcome Lilian Kennedy from the University of Edinburgh as the new MAYS coordinator. She will take the place of Natashe, who stepped down as MAYS coordinator after two years of great work at MAYS, and she will be on board as MAYS representative together with me, Mari.

 I (Mari) want to warmly thank Natashe for her great work and welcome Lilian to this new and fun adventure!

Have a nice summer

Mari and Natashe

MAYS Elections!

Dear MAYS members,

We are very glad to inform you that the call for a new MAYS coordinator has been responded to by two highly promising candidates:

Lilian Kennedy    (University of Edinburgh)
Mandy Geise      (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

The online election starts today, August 1st, 2016 and ends on the 9th of August, 2016 at midnight. We will announce the new coordinator via email on the 12th of August 2016.

To this purpose, we invite you to take a look at the short introductory notes of each candidate (see below) and cast your vote for ONE coordinator via e-mail. In order to vote, please send an e-mail with the subject “MAYS election” in which you indicate the name of your preferred candidate to by the 9th of August 2016 – All votes will be treated confidentially.

The EASA Medical Anthropology Network board confirmed that those MAYS members who will cast their vote for the new MAYS coordinators do NOT have to be EASA members! This simply means that all MAYS members have the right to vote. So please take the chance, vote, and contribute to keeping our network running!

Kind regards,
Natashe and Mari


Lilian Kennedy 
(University of Edinburgh)

Dear MAYS members,

My name is Lilian Kennedy, and I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I am also a member of the Students of Medical Anthropology (SoMA) group within the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA). I am very interested in becoming a coordinator for MAYS – both to help keep the internal running of the group’s logistics going smoothly, and create a sense of community and active discussion between MAYS members. Recently, SoMA sucessfully organised a workshop entitled “Who cares: A Symposium on Care in Medical Anthropology” which was especially helpful in creating a platform for us PhD students to be able to present our research and get feedback from the wider academic community (other Phd students, academics from other fields, and Medical Anthropology staff members from EdCMA.) As a coordinator for MAYS I would love to help broadcast these types of student-organised across the MAYS network and encourage collaboration. This would not only help all of us better disseminate the results of our efforts, but also create a way for us to share good strategies, tips, and advice on how to best organise and get funding for such events. Beyond this, it would be also be interesting to open up conversations about MAYS members becoming visiting research student scholars at other institutions with Medical Anthropology programs/MAYS members. Expanding this type of networking would create unique opportunities for cross-institution and real-life MAYS collaboration, and provide a chance for us to experience and learn from a range of Med Anthro communities. In short, as a MAYS coordinator, I would work to expand the range and scope of the many interesting ideas and projects from our community, as well as opportunities for us to network, collaborate, and meet.


Mandy Geise 
(Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) 

Dear MAYS-members,

My name is Mandy Geise, I’m a 2nd-year PhD Student at the Center for Research in Medicine, Science, Health, Mental health, and Society (Cermes3) and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. My research, which is anchored in a larger global health research project, is concerned with the conception, discourses and practices of medical genetics and genomics in Mexico.

Having studied in Amsterdam and Buenos Aires before Paris, I enjoy the connecting function of a network like MAYS; it enables us to learn from and about other young scholars from different backgrounds and to share useful information easily.

As a MAYS coordinator, I hope to contribute to an increasingly connected network by building on the excellent work done by the previous MAYS coordinators. I would maintain the website and mailing list to stimulate exchanges on research, writing, and events, as well as being a liaison between the EASA and its younger MAYS peers. I look especially forward to organizing a conference as fun and inspiring as this year’s conference in Lisbon. Finally, I aim to give the website an extra spark.

As a lover of films, documentaries, and photography, I hope to introduce a new section on the website that makes use of different sorts of visual material: images, reels, stories members bring from their research, but also fragments or pieces that inspire us and make us (re)consider what we come across in our research, or the way we tell ethnographic stories.

As a coordinator I hope to help make MAYS grow, to get to know many of you and the projects you’re working on, and to make talking, thinking, and writing about our research (even) more fun!