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 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:


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

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 mays.easa@gmail.com 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!