MAYS Workshops 2021 CfP: Healthcare and the State: The uneasy reception of public healthcare measures and discourses

Register for the workshop HERE
Registration deadline: June 1st 2021

**deadline extended: June 20th 2021**

MAYS Discussion Workshop

We are announcing a call for participants for our fourth workshop in the MAYS Method Workshops Series – a workshop on Healthcare and the State that will take place on the 23rd of August 2021 from 14:00 to 17:00 CET. The Workshops Series aims to provide spaces for learning, discussion, structured debate, knowledge-sharing and mutual support leading up to our next 12th Annual MAYS Annual Meeting in Warsaw in August.

Dr. Giuseppe Troccoli, University of Southampton,
Dr. Letizia Bonanno, University of Kent,

MAYS Discussion workshop: Healthcare and the State// August 23rd 2021, 14:00-17:00 CET

Aligning with the ongoing discussion on care and the state, and departing from the idea of biomedicine as a crucial component to post-pandemic statecraft projects, this workshop wants to explore what contribution medical anthropology can give to our understanding of the relationship between the state and those who contest, comply and respond to its services and discourses. We invite original contributions focusing on empirical outcomes or exploring theoretical possibilities which revolve around public health measures, policies, discourses and their reception.

Inspired by instances of compliance, adjustments and active resistance as they emerged over the last year in response to public health measures, discourses and practices to contain the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are interested in exploring not only how these have been received, but also how they have magnified people’s pre-existing disenchantments and lack of trust in the state. We suggest that people’s distrust toward public health measures signals the very failure of the public health systems, hindered by (at least) a decade of disinvestment in public services, austerity measures and privatizations.

Crucially though, during the Covid-19 pandemic, state-promoted public health discourses have often leveraged on and appealed to individual responsibility while, at the same time, promoting an ethic of public utility, social responsibility and collective duty to care for each other. As a result, uncanny relations have been established between the public and the private, the collective and the personal. Although this tendency became all the more apparent during the current pandemic, appeals to individual responsibility as a mode of public health are not any new: in fact they represent the very core of neoliberal discourses on health and healthcare. These contrasting appeals, we contend, often disguise the progressive withdrawal of the state from matters of public health. However, such appeals as well as the biomedical and care practices they entice are rarely straightforward. In fact, they are often met with scepticism when not openly opposed and contested.

The workshop wants to push forward the discussion of compliance, conflicts, frictions, and resistances which emerge in response to state- promoted public health measures. We suggest that these grassroots, societal and contentious responses offer important margins to rethink the political salience of biomedicine and its entanglement with state power. Medical anthropology is indeed well positioned to explore these instances. The workshop welcomes reflections and critical analyses  that explore the reception of public discourses and practices of care, health and public health within and beyond Europe. We invite contributions focusing on the current Covid-19 public health issues. The workshop will bring together eight PhD and Early Career researchers working on such issues.  Attendants’ pre-circulated short papers (2500 words max) will be discussed during the workshop which will be moderated and chaired by Giuseppe Troccoli and Letizia Bonanno (conveners).

Guidelines and Format

The workshop will be open to PhD and Early Career researchers, based on ongoing or completed research. Participants will be asked to submit a title and abstract (250 words) for a proposed paper and a short bio (150 words). Eight abstracts will be selected according to their relevance to the proposed workshop theme. We aim at creating a balanced group of participants, in terms of career stage and research interests.

The selected participants will be asked to pre-circulate their full-length papers (2500 words maximum) by July 31st 2021. Participants will be required to read each other’s work in advance so that the workshop will be entirely dedicated to discussing and sharing ideas, perspectives and critiques. The participants’ bios will be pre-circulated as well, together with their full-length papers. The biographical notes are intended to familiarize participants with each other’s broader scholarly interests and research.

The workshop intends to provide space for different perspectives to emerge while allowing each participant to discuss at length and to confidently share insights and ideas that might still be in the first stages of development. Our motivation to restrict the number of participants to 8 is informed by our will to foster fruitful and productive discussions.

Registration HERE

**Revised deadlines**
Deadline for registration and abstract submission: June 20th, 2021
Notification of acceptance: June 25th, 2021
Paper submission deadline: July 31st, 2021

Date: August 23rd 2021, 14:00-17:00 CET

MAYS Workshops 2021 Series CfP: Training workshop on affective teaching

Register for the workshop HERE
Registration deadline: April 29th 2021

First MAYS Methods Workshop

We are announcing a call for participants for our first workshop in the MAYS Method Workshops Series – a workshop on affective teaching, that will take place on the 6th of July 2021. The Workshops Series aims to provide spaces for learning, discussion, structured debate, knowledge-sharing and mutual support leading up to our next 12th Annual MAYS Annual Meeting in Warsaw in August.

Alice-Amber Keegan, PhD Candidate, Associated Researcher, Durham University
Jordan Mullard, Post-doctortal Teaching Fellow, Durham University
Emily Tupper, PhD Candidate, Durham University
Lucy Johnson PhD Candidate, Durham University
Halima Athker, PhD Candidate, Durham University

MAYS Affective Teaching Workshop: Covid-19 and Me // July 6th, 2 pm – 5 pm GMT+1

This workshop will be based around a paper that we have co-authored titled: ‘Covid-19 and Me’: A Serendipitous Teaching and Learning Opportunity in a 1st Year Undergraduate Medical Anthropology Course. ‘Covid-19 and Me’ was a blog post exercise assigned to 1st year undergraduate students taking a medical anthropology module at the start of the academic year 2020-21.

We present it as a case study demonstrating how personal reflection and affective pedagogies matter in ‘making sense’ of something like a global pandemic, and how it better enables us to understand the experience of an erstwhile ‘other’. In this workshop we will walk attendees through the ‘COVID-19 and me’ exercise, situating the exercise within Freire’s ideas of ‘conscientization’ among learners. We hope that this workshop will help attendees think about ways they can develop their own teaching and learning practice and encourage active learning among students.

Guidelines and Format

The workshop will take place on Zoom on the July 6th, 2 pm to 5 pm GMT+1. The maximum number of participants is 30, with enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration deadline is April 29thto register go HERE (there is no confirmation of registration e-mail). The workshop participation is free of charge.

While workshop is open to all across social sciences, we encourage those who are interested in teaching anthropology/medical anthropology to apply. Applicants from the Global South are particularly welcomed to join.

In this workshop we will replicate the ‘COVID-19 and me’ exercise described in our paper, asking attendees to prepare a short (50 – 150 word) piece about their experiences of COVID-19 to be submitted prior to the workshop. The conveners will read through the entries prior to the workshop, anonymise them and shared with workshop attendees during the workshop.

Workshop Structure

Registered participants will be later given a submission link to provide their 50-150 word reflective pieces, that after being anonymised, will serve as a teaching material in working groups during the workshop.

During the workshop, we will ask attendees to read through the pieces in small groups (break-out rooms) and come up with some key themes that emerge. We will encourage the attendees to think about their emotional responses to what they are reading. How does it make them feel when considering the different experiences of peers? Attendees will be asked to draw a bubble diagram for each written piece outlining key emotions. They will rank which emotions had the biggest impact on their discussions. To avoid this slipping into voyeurism, we will encourage participants to consider which themes felt most poignant in relation to understanding the different ways in which the pandemic was experienced and what that tells us about concepts of health more broadly.

We will then come together as a group to share themes and discuss how medical anthropological theory can be applied to those themes. We will then outline how we used these methods in the COVID-19 and me exercise, discussing how we used affective learning to engage undergraduate students with medical anthropology. We will consolidate the exercise with the pedagogical theory of Freire and his ideas in ‘pedagogy of the oppressed’ and how those ideas can be applied to develop learner’s consciousness of the topic under study. We will work with attendees to think about how they can use affective learning to engage learners within their discipline or topic and come up with a ‘lesson plan’ that they could use in the future. We will conclude by asking attendees to write a short rationale for using affective learning and how they can evidence (or not) its value through their own experience of the exercise.

Given the deeply personal nature of the topic to be discussed and the potential for intense emotional responses we will endeavour to provide a ‘safe space’ for all attendees. Attendees will be required to sign up in advance and we will send out a secure zoom link to ensure that those who are not registered cannot attend the workshop unannounced. We will make it clear to all attendees that they should engage in discussions sensitively and respectfully and will allow participants to opt-out of any participation that they do not feel comfortable with.

Registration HERE
Deadline for Workshop Registration: April 29th, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: May 12th, 2021

Deadline for the Submission of Reflexive Pieces: May 26th, 2021

Workshop Date: July 6th, 2021, 2 pm to 5 pm GMT+1

MAYS Workshops 2021 CfP: Training workshop on “Using Documents in Social Research”

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Registration deadline: May 15th 2021

MAYS Training Workshop

We are announcing a call for participants for our second workshop in the MAYS Method Workshops Series – a workshop on Documents in Social Research that will take place on the 28th of June 2021 from 13:00 to 16:00 CET. The Workshops Series aims to provide spaces for learning, discussion, structured debate, knowledge-sharing and mutual support leading up to our next 12th Annual MAYS Annual Meeting in Warsaw in August.

Margret Jaeger, Assistant Professor, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna. Email:

MAYS Training workshop: Using Documents for Social Research // June 28th, 13:00-pm CET

Social scientists often use “documents” for research purposes. Based on Prior (2011), documents can be: 1) Documents containing text (words) and images that have been recorded without the intervention of a researcher. For example minutes, diaries, protocols, agendas, brochures, event programs, charts, newspapers, press releases, survey data, etc.; 2) Social facts that are produced, shared, and used in socially organised ways (Atkinson and Coffey 1997: 47); also cultural artefacts such as monuments, works of art, etc. Bowen (2009: 29) argues as follows:

“The rationale for document analysis lies in its role in methodological and data triangulation, the immense value of documents in case study research, and its usefulness as a stand-alone method for specialised forms of qualitative research. Understandably, documents may be the only necessary data source for studies designed with an interpretive paradigm, as in hermeneutic inquiry; or it may simply be the only viable source, as in historical or cross-cultural research. In other types of research, the investigator should guard against over-reliance on documents.”

Does it matter who the author was (if known)? Was it work on demand (press photographs for a city government versus a citizen´s private picture from the same event?) Why was something produced? What happened after its first use? Why was it considered important and therefore kept for the future, and where did this happen until we discovered it? With which technology was it produced? Was it easy to find and was it possible to access it? Are we able to read/see/understand it (with or without a translator or due to bad handwriting or paper quality)?

As a methods trainer for (future) healthcare professionals, I discovered Prior’s book some years ago and it changed my way of approaching documents in research fundamentally. Consequently, I also train undergraduate and postgraduate students in this method, because in our professional lives most of us will deal with many documents, especially those working in healthcare – we analyse and produce documents from different perspectives for different purposes. I consider this approach useful for any future job perspective, to broaden our view of “documents”.


  • Atkinson, P. A. & Coffey, A. (1997). Analysing documentary realities. In D. Silverman (Ed.), Qualitative research: Theory, method and practice, London: Sage, 45–62.
  • Bowen, G. A. (2009). Document analysis as a qualitative research method. Qualitative research journal, 9(2), 27-40.
  • Prior, Lindsay (2003, last reprint 2011) Using Documents in Social Research.

Guidelines and Format

This workshop lasts three hours with breaks. It consists of interlinking examples from the presenter with some theoretical input. The workshop is only available for a maximum of 20 people who first register on the platform. Registration deadline is May 15th, go to registration link HERE (there is no confirmation of registration by e-mail). The workshop participation is free of charge.

The workshop asks participants to bring their examples and uses some of them to go through the nine chapters of the book, which is full of examples. All of the authors offer us a new perspective on something we often search for and use for research or job-related activities.

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates must hold a Master’s degree or higher
  • Candidates must have a basic knowledge of qualitative methods

Preliminary assignment for registered workshop participants

  1. Preliminary readings required: text from Bowen and Prior’s first chapter from the book “Using documents in social research”.
  2. Reflect on how you understood “documents“ before the readings and what documents you have around you. What is around you that could document something interesting about your life for others?
  3. Define what document you want to look for and find one that you want to show to the other participants during the workshop. Keep in mind the definition of documents mentioned in the description above. If you can not show it directly, make a photo of it and ensure that you can share the photo with us during the workshop.

Registration HERE
Deadline for Workshop Registration: May 15th, 2021

Deadline for the Assignment Submission: June 17th, 2021

Workshop Date: June 28th 2021, 13:00-16:00 CET

MAYS Workshops 2021 CfP: Writing workshop on building theory into ethnography [NOW CLOSED]

Register for the workshop HERE
Registration deadline: May 10th 2021

First MAYS Methods Workshop

We are announcing a call for participants for our first workshop in the MAYS Method Workshops Series – a workshop on ethnographic writing, that will take place on the 26th of May 2021. The Workshops Series aims to provide spaces for learning, discussion, structured debate, knowledge-sharing and mutual support leading up to our next 12th Annual MAYS Annual Meeting in Warsaw in August.

Michal Frumer, PhD student, Research Unit for General Practice & Aarhus University,
Sara M.H. Offersen, postdoctoral researcher, Research Unit for General Practice

MAYS Writing workshop: Building theory into ethnography // May 26th, 10 am to 1 pm CET

”In short, the question for me comes down to whether the ethnography is meant to illustrate a theoretical argument or whether theory might be built into the ethnography itself.” (Das 2015, 15).

Taking this cue from Veena Das, in this writing workshop we approach ethnographic writing as a craft to be cultivated, and as a form of writing that allows for rich storytelling that does not leave the ethnography behind in pursuit of theoretical abstractions. In this workshop, we propose to collaboratively explore how we tell specific stories to make theoretical arguments and think through the effects and politics of representational choices. Following recent takes on the topic (Stewart 2007, Hyde and Denyer Willis 2020, Das 2020), we suggest that the ethnographic grounding of anthropological writing can be enriched by slowing down the pace of our storytelling – that is slowing down our movements between ethnographic detail, general conditions, and theoretical abstractions – as we attune to the muddy and quotidian everyday lives of our interlocutors.

We invite participants that wish to enhance their writing sensibilities and participate in this workshop as a forum to engage, inspire, discuss, provoke, further one’s work, and encourage through a focus on “bringing life to ideas” (Strathern, cited in Narayan 2012, 15).


Das, Veena. 2015. Affliction Health, Disease, Poverty. New York: Fordham University Press.
Das, Veena. 2020. Textures of the Ordinary: Doing Anthropology after Wittgenstein. New York: Fordham University Press.
Hyde, Sandra Teresa, and Laurie Denyer Willis. 2020. “Balancing the Quotidian: Precarity, Care and Pace in Anthropology’s Storytelling.” Medical Anthropology 39 (4):297-304. doi: 10.1080/01459740.2020.1739673.
Narayan, Kirin. 2012. Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov: University Of Chicago Press.
Stewart, Kathleen. 2007. Ordinary affects. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Guidelines and Format

The workshop will take place on Zoom on the May 26th, 10am to 1 pm CET. The maximum number of participants is 12,  with enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration deadline is May 10th, go to registration link HERE (there is no confirmation of registration e-mail). The workshop participation is free of charge.

The workshop will take place on the 26th of May, 10 am to 1 pm CET. To ground our discussion of ethnographic writing, participants are required to write a preliminary assignment (2 pages + ½-page project background) on their own research to circulate beforehand. During the workshop, participants will be divided into 2 or 3 groups beforehand, depending on the number of submissions. Workshop convenors will be moderating group discussions within breakout rooms. Each assignment will also be allocated a discussant, however, all participants are expected to read all assignments in their group in order to be able to take part in joint discussions. This gives around 25 min for each for discussion and reflection upon feedback.

In the workshop we focus on “how to write”, but, looking forward, we hope to encourage setting up an international, virtual writing community focusing on “how to get writing done”.

Preliminary assignment for registered workshop participants

Choose any scene that dramatizes a theoretical issue or the tensions and puzzles central to your interests. This might be a situation, a person, a confrontation, a turning point, a formal event, an intensely elucidating interview, etc. Take us to the scene with vivid details – the people, the place, the pace of interaction, your presence. Use all your senses. Quote when you can. Don’t tell us what the theoretical issue is; for now, just give us a glimpse of social life in motion.

The version that you share with the workshop should fit into two pages (roughly 500-600 words), double spaced and in a 12-pt. font, with your name in a header. If you have extra words, you might be tempted to shrink fonts, juggle margins, etc. Please don’t. Revise and refine, evaluating the need and precision of each word until the piece fits exactly two pages. You might want to open a separate file where you store trimmed words for future inspiration.

Please submit the 2-page writing exercise with the ½-page project background to Michal Frumer ( by May 17 at 1 pm (central European time) so that all assignments can be circulated before we meet.

This collection of short pieces will help us all gain a sense of each other’s interests in advance. As you read each other’s work, take notes: What theme, in your opinion, is being illustrated here? What aspects of the writing are most compelling? How does the different representational choices affect your reading of the case?

Registration HERE
Deadline for Workshop Registration: May 10th, 2021

Deadline for the Assignment Submission: May 17th, 2021

Workshop Date: May 26th, 10 am to 1 pm, 2021

Call for Conveners: MAYS Workshop Series 2021

Submit your Workshop Proposal here!
Submission Deadline: March 31st 2021

MAYS Workshop Series 2021

We are announcing a call for convenors for our first Workshops Series. The Workshops Series will aim to provide spaces for learning, discussion, structured debate, knowledge-sharing and mutual support leading up to our next 12th Annual MAYS Annual Meeting in Warsaw in August.

Why an online Workshop Series? It seems more important than ever before to stay connected, and to make available the spaces for discussion, collaboration and debate that may have been difficult to find for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workshops can be on any topic and in any form of your choosing; they can be open or closed, structured or unstructured, requiring or not requiring readings or submissions. We encourage conveners to choose formats that facilitate discussion, collaboration and fellowship, such as the one we propose below.

Potential Workshop Formats

  • Discussions. Discussion workshops are encouraged to be in open formats, with minimal requirements for participation (e.g. short contributions around a theme). They can revolve around a set of readings to tackle a specific theme or topic, or draw from individual experiences, such as discussing questions related to reflexivity, positionality and the archetypes of fieldwork. We encourage discussion workshops to focus around a specific question, topic or concern.  
  • Debates. Debate workshops have, as their main aim, to put two or more competing or conflicting positions–whether theoretical, methodological, or disciplinary–in conversation with each other. We encourage proposals for debate workshops that revolve around key and emerging areas of contention in anthropology and ethnography. Conveners opting for debate workshops will be asked to ensure fairness of representation and that space for opposing and minority opinions be provided and encouraged.  
  • Presentations and trainings. Presentation and/or training workshops are those that seek to propose and discuss new and innovative tools, methods, softwares, or approaches to ethnography. Such workshops may include a presentation by a speaker followed by a discussion. 
  • Forum. The intention behind a forum workshop is not to discuss the content of anthropology or ethnography, but the experiences of anthropologists and ethnographers. They can revolve around such topics as the growing precarity in academia for young scholars, the ethics of academic research, or working through particular difficulties (thesis writing, fieldwork during covid-19, etc.). A forum workshop is expected to be a stock-taking of experiences; potential leading to identifying avenues for some form of collective action.  
  • Writing workshops. Writing workshops also revolve around a specific topic or theme; they will, however, be more-so geared towards providing mutual support on various types of writing projects. Members may opt to require that participants share writings ahead of time, and set up a format and structure that encourages feedback, advice, peer-review and discussion. 


  • We will support 4-6 workshops in this workshop series, which will run from April till August 2021. We will promote the workshops and assist with their organization. 
  • Workshops may only be individual sessions of up to 3 hours.
  • Workshops must be held virtually; MAYS will provide a Zoom platform.
  • Though workshops can be convened by one person, we encourage co-convened workshops by no more than two persons. 
  • Workshops will need to culminate in a short summary of proceedings or a similar output, to be published on the MAYS website or elsewhere.
  • We are working on finding ways to compensate workshop conveners in-kind, wish us luck!


Submission HERE

Deadline for Workshop Proposal Submission: March 31st, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: April 5th, 2021

MAYS Coordinators (

Magdalena Góralska, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw

Anthony Rizk, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute Geneva

12th MAYS Meeting CfP Now Open! [Updated]

Submit your abstract here!
New Submission Deadline: April 7th 2021

12th MAYS Annual Meeting: 19 – 21 August 2021, Warsaw

Medical anthropology for all? Changing anthropology in a pandemic world

The pandemic has been a world-shattering phenomenon, a single event that has so clearly affected all societies across the globe. Even as vaccinations against COVID-19 are being administrated in many countries worldwide, health experts are unable to predict when the pandemic will end. Going forward, we will all continue to contend to changes it brought to the many registers of everyday life globally. Anthropology – a discipline that changes with the world in which it engages – must too adjust accordingly.

As COVID-19 dominates academic research and funding, challenging our work, we invite student and early-career researchers from across the social sciences to join us in a discussion on the effects and affects of the pandemic within fieldworks and disciplines.

In 2021 we are dedicating the Annual MAYS Meeting to an issue that we see as pressing to all of social sciences in the post/pandemic times. As such, we encourage submissions from graduate students and early-career scholars in medical anthropology and related fields, as well as from those who locate themselves at the periphery, but were forced by the circumstances to engage with health-related social sciences. Comparative pieces on the before and after of the pandemic are particularly welcome.

The meeting will be held in Warsaw, after exactly 10 years since the last MAYS meeting took place in the capitol city of Poland. Provisional dates for the meeting are August 19th – 21st.


We invite:

  1. Reflexive pieces that dwell on methodological changes in response to the pandemic in the different phases (whether in planning a project, implementation during fieldwork, or post-fieldwork analysis, or others), focus on disciplinary changes, including the praxis of conducting fieldworks, and consequences of the overbearing focus on the pandemic within social sciences – what contributions can, and should, anthropology be making in living in a post-pandemic world?
  2. Ethnographic papers on the different ways the pandemic has affected fieldworks, research focuses, research participants, and researchers themselves – papers that document how everyday life has, or has not, changed during the pandemic in our respective field sites.
  3. Theory-oriented pieces that take on the new and old theoretical engagements emerging as we try to come to grips with the effect of the pandemic on everyday life, recognizing changes that took place and advocating for changes that must take place.

We invite you to submit an abstract of no more than 350-500 words at this link by April 7th April, 2021. After the notification of acceptance (April 15th), you will be asked to submit a paper of no more than 3,000 words by July 5th, 2020.

Submission HERE

Deadline for Abstract Submission: April 7th, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: April 15th, 2021
Deadline for Paper Submission: July 5th, 202


Each workshop participant will be paired with a discussant with whom they will share their paper prior to the meeting. MAYS Annual Meetings usually consist of the conference part and the workshop part; this year, due to the pandemic, we decided to test a new format and hold workshops separately over a span of few months – more information of MAYS Methods Workshops will soon follow.

The event will, most likely, be hybrid – combining both the online and the offline, if the circumstances allow.

**To enjoy the summer weather, we will organise a picnic lunch at the nearby Łazienki Królewskie Park and the conference will be followed by a hike/day trip on Saturday August 21th**

Participation fee

As with previous meetings, there will be a registration fee of 20 Euros to contribute towards the costs of coffee breaks and lunch. We kindly ask you to pay the fee in cash upon arrival. 

As we are planning for the event to be a hybrid one, we will try to provide travel reimbursements to all EASA members taking part in the Annual Meeting. More information pending on availability and amount of travel bursaries.

We look forward to welcoming you to Warsaw!

MAYS Coordinators (

Magdalena Góralska, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw

Anthony Rizk, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute Geneva

MAYS Coordinator Elections 2020

As Francesca Cancelliere will step down at the end of October 2020, it is time to elect the next MAYS coordinator!

This year, we have two candidates:
– Eleni Binaki
– Magdalena Góralska

Each of the candidates provided us with information about their interests, experience, and goals for MAYS.  Please read through the information they provided below and 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 21 October 2020.

Eleni Binaki

Short synopsis of your research interests and project

My doctoral research is situated on male infertility and New Reproductive Technologies (NRTs) in the context of Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR). I will investigate in this context the redefinition and reconceptualization of the notions of kinship, family, gender and biomedicine. My fieldwork is situated in the island of Crete in Greece, where in the context of my MSc research I also situated on male infertility, and in particular, on the social and the cultural contexts of the management of male infertility in Crete.

Experiences that speak to your eligibility for the role

As postgraduate student I participated as a member of the Organizing Committee in the 21st Panhellenic Postgraduate Intensive Seminar- Conference for PhD Candidates of the Department of Sociology on “Issues of Research Methodology in Social Sciences” at the University of Crete in Rethymnon (2015). Additionally, I like in general to plan, manage and complete goals.

What are your plans for MAYS?

First of all, the main task will be to organize in cooperation with Anthony the next annual meeting. There are many suggestions regarding the main idea for the next meeting in the context of medical anthropology such as the methodological challenges in the fieldwork of medical anthropology, the notion of evidence in medical anthropology, the impact of COVID-19 in anthropology and especially in medical anthropology and the participatory observation in the health sector. It will also be interesting a workshop or a separate session regarding COVID 19 to be included and, especially, its impact on the anthropological research or PhD researches in general. Additionally to such a workshop or panel proposal, it will be interesting a comparison between the impact of COVID-19 on medical anthropology researches in various countries. Furthermore, the role of funding and subvention in the development and progress of researches can also be another proposal for an event or panel to be suggested. I am sure, that under discussion and cooperation the most suitable issues will be chosen.

Magdalena Góralska


I study knowledge production practices on the Internet, in particular in relation to health and nutrition. While in recent years my fieldwork was digitally-focused, I am going to be back to the offline, when continuing my research into medical knowledge hegemonies with a research on the Lyme disease controversies in Poland. Over the years I also studied discourses on agricultural biotechnology (Poland) and food practices in relation to identity (India). I have also studied urban transformation (Poland), when I was just starting my anthropological journey back during my bachelors. I am an affiliated research fellow with my own project at the Kozminski University in Warsaw (networked expert knowledge production online), a PhD student at the University of Warsaw (the Lyme disease project). I did my BA studies at the University of Warsaw (BA in Cultural Anthropology, BA in Liberal Arts), and I did my master studies at the Jadavpur University in Kolkata (MA in Sociology), University of Warsaw (MA in Cultural Anthropology), and the University of Oxford (MSc in the Social Science of the Internet).


Over the years I have been actively engaged in various organisational and representative roles related to academic life in general.
– During my BAs and Masters, for three years (2012-2013, 2015-2017) I was a member of the board, including one years as a chairwoman, in the Collegium Invisibile Academic Society – the largest independent student-lead organisation in Poland, aimed at supporting academia-oriented students and schoolchildren. I have organised fundraising, workshops and conferences within the society, as well as I did a handful of administrative work.
– I have also organised strictly academic events, such as the Ethnology without Borders 2015 Warsaw edition, and two conference panels (both this year at the 4S/EASST 2020 conference in Prague).
– While studying in Oxford I coordinated a series of seminars at my college (Kellogg), as well as served as a student representative at the Oxford Internet Institute, when I was studying, for two consequent years.
– During my BA studies I was active in the University of Warsaw’s student associations, organising public talks and student research projects.
– For 4 years I have worked in the NGO sector in Poland, and much of my work included cooperation with international organisations, that taught me how to navigate conundrums of the third sector.
My experiences prove my organisational skills, as well as an ability to adjust to various environments, not only as a part of an ethnographic fieldwork skill set. As I am not engaged in a formal role in any other institution, I could bring in some fresh energy into the network.


1. Continue to strengthen network structures and ties, as networks are about people. In-between the annual MAYS meetings, we could keep up the paper-swap format, with a more open form that also includes a chance to discuss ideas. We could have an open Hive-mind MAYS list of network members, who are willing to discuss a topic/an idea/a paper with another network member. Every member on the list would choose key words that best describe their expertise, and a member seeking a feedback could approach whoever on the list for help and discussion over email exchange or a Zoom call.
2. MAYS 2021. Applied/Engaged Medical Anthropology in the Post/pandemic Times. The next meeting would be addressing the following: How has the pandemic influenced medical anthropology? Did it change it? How has medical anthropology approached the pandemic? How is medical anthropology being applied now, what have changed? What about being engaged? The meeting would focus on what the global healthcare crisis have brought to the discipline, both theoretically and practically, as well as offer a workshop on applied and engaged anthropology that focuses on issues related to medicine, health, and the body.
3. Except an annual meeting, I believe there is a space to run online methodological peer-to-peer workshops, free of charge, once a quarter, that could cover issues such as: participant observation in the digital age, visual methods, mixing methods, militant ethnography, ethical dilemmas of medically engaged anthropology, how-to of applied anthropology, among other topics.
4. What about an Early Career Paper Award?


MAYS Coordinator Call 2020

We are happy to announce the 2020 MAYS Coordinator call!

Francesca Cancelliere’s (current MAYS coordinator with Anthony Rizk) tenure is ending this October and it’s time for a new Coordinator to take her place and work alongside Anthony!

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 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 in a European University with at least 2 years of study?

If you would like to apply please use the link below to send in your academic CV, along with short answers of not more than 200 words to each of the following prompts:

  • Short synopsis of research interests and projects.
  • Experiences that speak to your eligibility for the role.
  • What would be your plans for the next meeting and for MAYS in general?

Application deadline: 10 october 2020

Application form

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 at

All the best

Francesca and Anthony

11th MAYS Meeting CfP Now Open!

Submit your abstract here!
Revised Submission Deadline: February 20th 2020

11th Medical Anthropology Young Scholars Annual Meeting: 18 and 19 June 2020, Geneva

Medical anthropology and its others: The disciplinarity of a field in motion

Far from being clearly bounded, medical anthropology has come to capture a massive variety of anthropological engagement. This includes, but is not limited to, the applied and theoretical study of health and illness, ritual healing, violence, the body, biologicals, psychology, healthcare, humanitarianism, public health, (bio)medicine, global health, science and technology, death and dying, and many others besides and in between. How do we come to terms with medical anthropology as a field that is itself in motion? How do we learn from and engage with other anthropological sub-disciplines, such as visual, political, economic and legal anthropology, and other disciplines in the social and natural sciences? As students of medical anthropology, what are the boundaries of our discipline and where are we taking it going forward?

The Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) network enthusiastically invites you to discuss with us the disciplinarity of medical anthropology at its next annual meeting. As such, we encourage submissions from graduate students and early-career scholars in medical anthropology and related fields, as well as from those who locate themselves at the periphery or outside of the field altogether. 

We invite contributions that either explicitly discuss disciplinarity in medical anthropology or implicitly demonstrate disciplinary engagements, and speak to such questions as: 

  • What methodological and theoretical contributions and gains has medical anthropology made in conversation with other (sub-)disciplines? 
  • How do the core paradigms of medical anthropology converge with and depart from those of other (sub-)disciplines?
  • What anthropological dogmas are reinforced, reconstituted or renegotiated through inter-disciplinary encounters? 
  • What old disciplinary coalitions are fading, which are enduring, and where are new inter-disciplinary engagements taking place?
  • What does this mean for the future of medical anthropology or for our understanding of ‘medical anthropology’ itself? 

All topics are welcome. For the purpose of organizing parallel working groups, contributors will be asked to specify types of disciplinary engagements in their keywords, which can include, for example:

  • Medical anthropology and the visual, the digital and the virtual
  • Anthropology of health and social movements
  • Feminist, queer and marxist medical anthropology
  • Medical anthropology interacting with other disciplines outside anthropology, such as philosophy, history and geography
  • Political, economic and/or legal medical anthropology
  • Evolutionary and linguistic approaches to medical anthropology
  • Medical anthropology and migration studies
  • Any others …  


Three kinds of contributions to the conference are solicited:

  1. Reviews that discuss inter-disciplinary encounters.
  2. Original research papers that demonstrate intersection with other (sub-)disciplines.
  3. Research proposals that position medical anthropology in theoretical and methodological conversation with other (sub-)disciplines.   

We invite you to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words at this link by February 20th, 2020. After the notification of acceptance, you will be asked to submit a paper of no more than 4,000 words by May 5th, 2020, for discussion in a working group. 


Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 20th, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 1st, 2020
Deadline for Paper Submission: May 5th, 2020


Working group sessions will be organized based on inter-disciplinary engagement rather than topically, giving each group sufficient time to present and discuss each other’s work, decide together their guiding questions and discussions, and draft a summary to be presented at the closing plenary. Participants will be asked to circulate papers among their group members prior to the meeting. More information on workshops, keynotes and events will follow in due time. 

**To enjoy the summer sun, we will organize a picnic lunch at the nearby Perle du Lac Park and the conference will be followed by a hike/day trip on Saturday June 20th**

Registration fee

As with previous meetings, there will be a registration fee of 20 Euros to contribute towards the costs of coffee breaks and lunch. We kindly ask you to pay the fee in cash upon arrival. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Geneva!

MAYS Coordinators (

Anthony Rizk, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute Geneva

Francesca Cancelliere, Institute of Social Science, University of Lisbon