New MAYS Coordinator: Anthony Rizk

Dear MAYS members!

We’d like to welcome Anthony Rizk from the Graduate Institue of Geneva to the post of MAYS Coordinator!

Anthony will be taking over from Ursula Probst and will be co-coordinating with Francesca Cancelliere. We are very much looking forward to Anthonys contribution to the MAYS network and his ideas for the development of the network!

In case you missed it, this was his application statement:

I am from Lebanon and currently a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. I first studied medical laboratory sciences, and my research project, in the anthropology of global health and infectious disease, is an ethnography of laboratory medicine focusing on the bio-economies involved in the movement of antimicrobial resistant pathogens between laboratories in the Middle East. I am also part of a project at the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of Geneva working on the political economy and global governance of pathogen and benefit sharing. Before starting a PhD, I studied antimicrobial resistance, war and healthcare in Tripoli and have written on sexuality and gender politics in Lebanon.

Coming from a region where medical anthropology is underrepresented, I am very grateful for a network like MAYS. I attended the last MAYS conference in Turin, where I met some wonderful people and benefited from learning from their experiences and sharing mine. I also joined the team that has been updating the MAYS website with information for students on medical anthropology programs worldwide, which will hopefully help connect students to medical anthropologists and relevant programs. In terms of organizational experience, I worked as a research assistant at the American University of Beirut between 2012 and 2016, during which I assisted in organizing and later co-organizing a number of conferences and meetings with epidemiologists and anthropologists. I’ve also been an organizer with several social and political activist organizations, all of which involved a careful attention to the politics and dynamics of organizing meetings and taking into consideration structural issues that affect participation (class, income, disability, gender, etc.) that I hope to pay careful attention, as much as feasibly possible, in organizing MAYS activities and the conference. At the moment at the Graduate Institute, I am working on strengthening coordination between students and faculty with the department seminar series and broadening the spectrum of speakers.

The MAYS network has expanded considerably, and I’ll work on increasing this momentum. One way to increase the participation of young scholars and students from many parts of Europe (not to mention countries bordering Europe/the Mediterranean) is to translate key parts of the MAYS websites and the activity announcements disseminated by MAYS and by continuing the last MAYS conference organizers’ decision to host the next conference outside of the main European cities. In addition to the conference, I can work on increasing MAYS’ activities and visibility by organizing public webinars with medical anthropologists. My proposal for the next MAYS meeting is to focus on organizing discussion-based groups that focus on new directions in medical anthropology, whether applied, methodological or theoretical. Depending on the interests of participants, these can include themes such as translating medical anthropology to new publics, conducting ethnography in the metropoles, what comes after the anthropology of suffering, and theory-building from the subaltern or global south.

Congratulations again, Anthony!

All the best
Francesca and Ursula

MAYS Coordinator Elections 2019

As Ursula Probst will step down at the end of August, it is time to elect the next MAYS coordinator!

This year, we have five candidates:
– Anthony Rizk
– Ben Epstein
– Ilaria Bracaglia
– Paula Morgado
– Raluca Cosmina Budian

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 26. August 2019.

Anthony Rizk

Short synopsis of your research interests and project

I am from Lebanon and currently a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. I first studied medical laboratory sciences, and my research project, in the anthropology of global health and infectious disease, is an ethnography of laboratory medicine focusing on the bio-economies involved in the movement of antimicrobial resistant pathogens between laboratories in the Middle East. I am also part of a project at the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of Geneva working on the political economy and global governance of pathogen and benefit sharing. Before starting a PhD, I studied antimicrobial resistance, war and healthcare in Tripoli and have written on sexuality and gender politics in Lebanon.

Experiences that speak to your eligibility for the role

Coming from a region where medical anthropology is underrepresented, I am very grateful for a network like MAYS. I attended the last MAYS conference in Turin, where I met some wonderful people and benefited from learning from their experiences and sharing mine. I also joined the team that has been updating the MAYS website with information for students on medical anthropology programs worldwide, which will hopefully help connect students to medical anthropologists and relevant programs. In terms of organizational experience, I worked as a research assistant at the American University of Beirut between 2012 and 2016, during which I assisted in organizing and later co-organizing a number of conferences and meetings with epidemiologists and anthropologists. I’ve also been an organizer with several social and political activist organizations, all of which involved a careful attention to the politics and dynamics of organizing meetings and taking into consideration structural issues that affect participation (class, income, disability, gender, etc.) that I hope to pay careful attention, as much as feasibly possible, in organizing MAYS activities and the conference. At the moment at the Graduate Institute, I am working on strengthening coordination between students and faculty with the department seminar series and broadening the spectrum of speakers.

What are your plans for MAYS?

The MAYS network has expanded considerably, and I’ll work on increasing this momentum. One way to increase the participation of young scholars and students from many parts of Europe (not to mention countries bordering Europe/the Mediterranean) is to translate key parts of the MAYS websites and the activity announcements disseminated by MAYS and by continuing the last MAYS conference organizers’ decision to host the next conference outside of the main European cities. In addition to the conference, I can work on increasing MAYS’ activities and visibility by organizing public webinars with medical anthropologists. My proposal for the next MAYS meeting is to focus on organizing discussion-based groups that focus on new directions in medical anthropology, whether applied, methodological or theoretical. Depending on the interests of participants, these can include themes such as translating medical anthropology to new publics, conducting ethnography in the metropoles, what comes after the anthropology of suffering, and theory-building from the subaltern or global south.

Ben Epstein

SHORT SYNOPSIS OF YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS AND PROJECT

For my PhD project, I conducted 18 months’ fieldwork using ethnographic participant observation in clinical, laboratory and NGO settings in Japan, examining the mental health response to the tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disasters of 2011.

EXPERIENCES THAT SPEAK TO YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE ROLE

I plan to contribute fully to the organisation of the network, academically and socially, building on my history of participation through which I have developed strong relationships in Japan, Europe and the United Kingdom. My recent experience at UCL includes helping organise the Anthropology in London Day Conference, being a postgraduate representative, and organising a writing-retreat for PhD students returning from fieldwork.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR MAYS?

I am particularly interested in MAYS’s potential as a resource for academic development in an informal, supportive environment. As well as creating a space for challenging the asymmetries between medicine and anthropology, MAYS 2020 could be held at UCL’s welcoming anthropology department, with several opportunities for funding, such as the Octagon Small Grants Fund. A key output of the event would be to link participants who wish to co-author in a peer-reviewed journal, such as Anthropology and Medicine, which has strong links to UCL. This could be through a workshop designed to demystify the question of collaboration, an important skill for new academics.

Ilaria Bracaglia

SHORT SYNOPSIS OF YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS AND PROJECT

My research interests are contexts of violence produced by State institutions, human right issues and critics, methodology about doing research and collecting interviews in this particular field. More precisely, my aim is to inquire the experiences were the agency of “victims” is well expressed in order to avoid to produce a passivating stereotype of victim. Moreover in my research I try to consider the violence continuum instead of looking at isolated traumatic episodes. I am also very interested in the potential therapeutic role of Anthropology and of the anthropologist who do research; so I look also at the eventual applications of our discipline and of ourselves.

EXPERIENCES THAT SPEAK TO YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE ROLE

I experienced several times how to work in group and how to organize event. In particular I have been member of two groups of research in La Sapienza University during which I learn a lot about coordination in equipe. Moreover Since 2016 I have collaborated to the organization of History Festival at Nuovo Cinema Palazzo in Rome (with the support of Circolo Gianni Bosio – Casa della Memoria e della Storia and Università La Sapienza): my duties have regarded topics proposal, contaxts of the participants, sharing of news and informations about the Festival, coordinating one of the dialogues during the Festival. As well, in 2017 I prepared an educational project for a high schools focusing human rights issues: I indicated topics and the speakers, and I coordinated their expositions to the classes. I understand, speak and write English (C1 certified), French (A1 certified, but I improved until to reach a B level), Spanish (C1 certified). I am able to use web devices.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR MAYS?

I would like to improve MAYS ability to realize connections between researchers, and I think that a good idea for next year could be reflect together about the methodology of doing research. Interdisciplinarity, co-research, applied research, militant research, action research, classical perspectives. Sometimes this high number of not so clear definitions could produce confusion in the researcher attitude. And what about the effect on the field and on the people who inhabit it? How to look at the them and how to consider the “informants” in the participant observation?

Paula Morgado

SHORT SYNOPSIS OF YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS AND PROJECT

My research interests are diverse and all related to gender issues with:
• Women’s health, especially in Africa;
• Female autonomous migration in West Africa;
• Islamic feminism;
• Historical violence against women, particularly against female servants during «Estado Novo» in Portugal.

Because of these widely dispersed interests, I am currently involved in different projects simultaneously. In the context of Medical Anthropology field, during next year I intend to carry out two different initiatives: one empirical and another theoretical. On the one hand, I plan to conduct a small ethnographic work in Soyo [Angola] about local therapeutic offer available and how this medical diversity is mobilized by the resident population, especially by women. And on the other I want to publish a handbook on Medical Anthropology for undergraduate students.

EXPERIENCES THAT SPEAK TO YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE ROLE

My PhD research was concerned with migrant women access to reproductive health in Niamey [Republic of Niger]. The nature of empirical data collected during my fieldwork has boosted a very detailed literature review in three particular domains: the history of public reproductive health policies; the historical context of emergence and development of medical pluralism studies on Medical Anthropology field; and the birth and consolidation of woman’s health issues in Social Sciences, with special emphasis on anthropological scientific production. In short, my field research as well as the writing of my thesis gave me a great empirical experience and theoretical knowledge in the field of Medical Anthropology. Moreover, this academic process finished to raise a number of epistemological questions for which I am still searching for answers.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR MAYS?

Richness and diversity of topics explored by MAYS are extraordinary and undeniable. Fieldworks have been increasingly concerned in bringing out therapeutic realities overlooked or ignored by public health policies. However, on the other hand, there has been very little epistemological vigilance regarding academic production in Medical Anthropological field. The vast majority of works in this field exhibits a deliberately or involuntarily bias in favour of Positivist paradigm. On the one hand, many studies focus exclusively on institutional care provided by biomedicine regardless the quest and therapeutic trajectories made by patients and their families. And on the other, texts that explore the therapeutic diversity mobilized by patients and families tend to justify their medical pluralism through positivist assumptions. Because few or several elements from therapy management group in their speech reproduce this kind of ideology or authors themselves use positivist premises to analyze and interpret plural therapeutic behaviours. Sometimes, anthropologists attack biomedical paradigm hegemony or preponderance in Medical Anthropology field by resorting to phenomenological justifications. However, besides some arguments provided by phenomenology lack empirical basis, oppositions between phenomenology and positivism tend to crystallize therapeutic diversity between two apparently irreconcilable truths, and thereby contributing to the therapeutic exoticisation of every medical procedure which is not provided by biomedical professionals. Anemic debate concerning epistemological and methodological options used by medical anthropologists has a strong impact in the way empirical data are collected, treated and interpreted, and consequently, in the sort of theoretical body that has been developed in Medical Anthropology field.
The purpose of this criticism is not to argue that studies exclusively focused on biomedical care and/or sustained by positivist arguments less important or legitimate. I just claim for a deeper scientific discussion regarding epistemological and methodological choices made by medical anthropologists because there are not innocuous. Advent and spread of biomedical care at a global scale did not happen by chance or accident. Since its early days, its expansion and development has obeyed to a very precise political agenda. Even today, access to healthcare in biomedical facilities depends fundamentally on the will of national and supranational political institutions which rarely make the delivery of equitable and quality health care services their first priority. Glocal dynamics cannot be ignored in Medical Anthropological field, especially by authors who prefer to analyze just health care provided by biomedicine or use positivist assumptions to interpreted therapeutic behaviour.

For me it seems fundamental that a deeper discussion concerning positivist bias present in the majority of scientific production in Medical Anthropology fields and other related disciplines should be started in MAYS midst. We need urgently to develop analytical tools that will help us to understand how local and global economic, political, social and cultural forces are at stake and reconfigured through therapy management group or therapist-patient interaction. Consequently, I would like to see these epistemological and methodological issues being discussed as next MAYS meeting theme. A greater epistemological vigilance in this disciplinary area will only bring benefits for future research.

Raluca Cosmina Budian

SHORT SYNOPSIS OF YOUR RESEARCH INTERESTS AND PROJECT

My research interests are focused on social exclusion, poverty and how it affects the situation of health vulnerability. My doctoral thesis consists of the study of the homeless and the models of care, however, after two years we have realized that the health consequences of this situation is in the background. Therefore, it is essential to enter this field to offer an improvement in the response. I would like to carry out this research related to the health of the homeless in a post doctoral project since I will defend my thesis this September.

EXPERIENCES THAT SPEAK TO YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE ROLE

In recent years I have been able to collaborate in the organization of several events and congresses at the University of Salamanca, from the Congress of Americanists (ICA) in 2018 to the Homelessness Forum in the same year for the students of the university. I have little medical anthropology training, however, I believe that the multidisciplinarity of my training and experience can bring news to MAYS.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR MAYS?

Through MAYS I intend to contribute in addition to my experience, my energy and enthusiasm for embarking on such an important project.

VOTE HERE

MAYS Coordinator Elections

2018 MAYS Coordinator Election!

It’s time for Lilian Kennedy to step down and for a new MAYS coordinator to take her place! This year we have 4 fantastic candidates: Francesca Cancelliere, Inayat Ali, Leah Eades, and Katarzyna Król. 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 Sunday, Oct 28th.  Thank you! Lilian and Ursula, your current MAYS coordinators

Candidates:


Francesca Cancelliere, University of Lisbon

Synopsis of research interests and project:

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.

Experience in preparation for the role

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. At 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’.

Next year will mark the 10 year anniversary of MAYS, what would be your plans to push the scope of MAYS further?

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.

Inayat Ali, University of Vienna

Synopsis of research interests and project:

  • Global Health;
  • Vaccination and Immunization;
  • Infectious diseases;
  • Bio-Geo politics;
  • Local methodologies

Experience in preparation for the role

  • The volunteer work during the EASA and ASA conferences that has added into the event management tasks and experiences;
  • Teaching and research assistant that provided me a chance to coordinate with the respective students;
  • Programme Officer, where one of the tasks was to coordinate with the applicants and arrange meetings/training/events for them.

Next year will mark the 10 year anniversary of MAYS, what would be your plans to push the scope of MAYS further?

  • To arrange a workshop/event, where the young and old generation of medical anthropologists would share, learn and propose future endeavors. In order to organize, the platform of the Wenner-Gren foundation can prove as an effective source of meeting the funds/expenditures;
  • To increase the net of coordination with other regional medical networks like South Asian;
  • To begin a new initiative of creating a support group, where young generation would interact with each other and share/exchange the drafts of their work in order to receive a prompt, friendly and constructive comments and criticism;
  • Any other initiative after discussing with the fellow colleagues.

Leah Eades, University of Edinburgh

Synopsis of research interests and project:

Research interests: applied medical anthropology; abortion; reproductive health and politics; pregnancy and the fetus. Research project: A growing number of British and Irish women are using abortion pills (i.e. mifepristone and misoprostol) to end their pregnancies. These pills can be obtained through official and unofficial channels. Differing legal contexts in the region have resulted in differing (although highly interconnected) distribution and consumption practices. Abortion pills can be accessed legally in some parts of the region but not others, and there is evidence that women across all settings are buying abortion pills online to illegally self-induce abortion. My ethnographic multi-site study utilises a biographical approach to track the social life of abortion pills in Britain and Ireland. My objectives are to: 1) produce in-depth qualitative data regarding British and Irish stakeholders’ understandings of, and engagements with, abortion pills obtained through official and unofficial channels; and 2) plot the social and political effects of these pills are they move between and within these differing settings. By conducting research in this rapidly growing and, as yet, relatively under-studied area, I aim to produce findings that inform future healthcare policy, law reform, and reproductive justice discussions.

Experience in preparation for the role

I believe I am suitable for this role for a number of reasons. Firstly, I have first-hand knowledge of the benefits that MAYS membership can provide to young scholars. By attending the 2017 MAYS annual meeting as a master’s student, I was able to connect with other medical anthropologists, present one of my first papers, and get to know a new faculty – in fact, I’m now doing my PhD at Edinburgh University partly because of that event! All this means I’m eager to play a part in continuing to grow this community. Secondly, I have a lot of experience organising events and building communities. For the past two years, I was a Contributing Editor for Cultural Anthropology journal working on their social media team. During my master’s, I was an RAI Ethnographic Film Festival Ambassador, which involved co-organising two film screenings, and a Resident Assistant in a university hall of residence, which involved organising regular socials and events. In my personal life, I’ve also helped to organise and promote a regular storytelling night. I’m confident I could use these skills to help manage the MAYS annual meeting and online community.

Next year will mark the 10 year anniversary of MAYS, what would be your plans to push the scope of MAYS further?

I think MAYS could build its membership and connect with the wider medical anthropology community by building its online presence, especially given how large our Facebook group is. For example, we could interview members about their research for blogs/podcasts that we feature on the website and promote on social media. We could also launch a quarterly newsletter, and look into guest posting on related platforms such as Somatosphere, Nursing Clio, Anthrodendum, etc. All of this could help raise awareness of MAYS, which would be especially helpful ahead of the annual meeting. Obviously, we should also aim to make the 10th MAYS annual meeting the biggest and best yet! I also think MAYS could do more to reach out to underrepresented/non-traditional med anth ECRs – for example, student parents and carers, part-time students, disabled researchers, LGBTQ+ researchers, etc. Perhaps we could reach out to members, either online or during the meeting, about whether there is a need for this and, if so, what form our support/advocacy could take. As a voice for early-career medical anthropologists in Europe, I think this could be a really exciting and important avenue to pursue.

Katarzyna Król, Polish Academy of Sciences

Synopsis of research interests and project:

My project focuses on sociocultural aspects of rare metabolic disorders, in particular, fatty acid oxidation disorders (FAODs, e.g. LCHAD deficiency, MCAD deficiency, and VLCAD deficiency) and organic acid disorders (OADs, especially Glutaric acidemia type 1 or “GA-1”) in Poland. Through ethnographic research methods project is exploring knowledge construction and global&local politics of treating rare metabolic disorders. Connecting STS approaches with medical anthropology, I am interested in the networks of care that make treatment possible, and how pharmaceutical markets, viral actors, and therapeutic cultures attend to and shape biomedical cultures around those diseases. I also intend to look at how particular knowledge(s) are being created, questioned and sustained in daily sociomaterial practices, with emphasis on medical practices. Thereby, project aims at contributing to theorising medicine’s ontological politics (Mol 2002: viii). Rather than describing rare metabolic disorders as static diseases I am trying to describe them as complicated assemblages of bodies, health care systems, technologies, fears, beliefs etc. fitted together, which are constructed, managed and re-created by both affected patients and medical practitioners. Research interests: medical anthropology, methodology, STS studies, gender, food studies

Experience in preparation for the role

First of all, I am really motivated to become the next MAYS Coordinator. Thanks to my experiences obtained during international scholarships and field research I have understood the importance and experienced the merits of networking between young scholars. I consider it not merely as one of the prerequisites of contemporary academic life, but rather as an empowering platform. That is why I would love to help with keeping MAYS as useful and exciting platform of academic cooperation as possible. I can offer not only my enthusiasm, but also some hard skills and experience. Even as a student, I was always an active member of the scientific community and was well known for fulfilling my commitments. I am experienced in organising academic conferences, on both international and local level, which considering 10th anniversary of MAYS, will be really helpful. Also, I am a member of Ethnographic Films Review Eyes and Lenses team, where I am responsible for the call for contributions, communication with the film directors and distributors, and evaluation process. It thought me how to plan in advance all the tasks and cooperate with other team members (most of the time remotely, which is also relevant).

Next year will mark the 10 year anniversary of MAYS, what would be your plans to push the scope of MAYS further?

I have few ideas, which in my opinion deserve some attention. First of all, the 10 year anniversary of MAYS is a great moment to celebrate (obviously), but also think about new ways of making the network even better. I would start with remodelling conference structure. Since usually there is not enough time and space to really discuss projects and ideas, I would suggest to replace the traditional sessions followed by quick Q&As, by more workshop and actually discussion oriented meeting. I also advise that such an event should have more organised ways of enabling fruitful networking, which will also make it more inclusive for the new members (like me). Moreover, I would consider creating smaller „working groups” focused on specific issues within medical anthropology. Last but not least, I think that making sure that website is regularly updated and working bit more with social media would be a good idea. I believe that we could use Facebook, just to name one, not only as a notice board, but more like a co-working tool.

Thank you for voting!

👋

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:

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