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Medical Anthropology Network:
Special Interest Groups


Medical Anthropology Young Scholars

This interest group is a subsection of the Medical Anthropology Network. Our aim is to provide space to matters that concern European students and postdocs of Medical Anthropology. Our website is www.mays-easa.org. We circulate information on a Google Group. MAYS should be a place of communication, exchange, tools for research and studies, and a discussion board among others. Get in touch with MAYS' coordinators Mari Lo Bosco (Institute of Social Sciences - University of Lisbon) & Lilian Kennedy (University of Edinburgh) at mays.easa(AT)gmail.com


MAYS has a new representative
Erica Niebauer from the University of Heidelberg, who will be take over the role together with Lilian Kennedy (from Edinburgh), and a new website url https://mayseasa.org


A report from this event will follow shortly.

2016 MAYS Annual Meeting - REPORT

The 7th Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) Annual Meeting “Intergenerations, temporalities and medical anthropology” took place at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS-ULisboa) on the 23rd and 24th June of 2016. The conference was organized by Mari Lo Bosco (ICS-ULisboa) and Natashe Lemos Dekker (University of Amsterdam). During the two-days meeting, 20 participants from different countries presented their work in 3 parallel groups. This allowed them to exchange thoughts on each other’s work in a peer-review format.

As in the previous annual meetings, the program consisted of key note lectures, parallel sessions and workshops. The opening lecture Temporalities and generations of treatment, containment and prevention: the case of sexually transmitted infections was given by Prof Cristiana Bastos from the ICS-ULisboa and Prof Arthur Kleinman from Harvard University delivered the keynote lecture titled Medical Anthropology and Medical Humanities at Harvard University. Its history, present and future of teaching and research. We decided to open the lectures to a broader audience interested in Medical Anthropology. A broader public of students, PhD candidates, and postdoctoral researchers in Medical Anthropology attended both lectures, which are also available online on the ICS’s YouTube channel for future consultation.


Since the general topic of “Temporalities and Intergenerations” addressed both theoretical and methodological issues within the field of medical anthropology we organized two different kind of workshops. A more practical workshop called Tips and Tricks for Academic Writing was given by Elizabeth Challinor, research assistant from the University of Minho (Portugal) and a second workshop - How to experience temporality, methodological questions – focused on the theoretical approach was delivered by Simone Frangella, a post-doc researcher at ICS-ULisboa during the second day of the conference.

For several participants, the MAYS annual meeting provided a first opportunity to present their work to peers in a constructive and friendly atmosphere. Overall, it proved to be a good place and platform for young scholars to meet and share their own research interests and findings.

In August 2016 Natashe Lemos Dekker stepped down as coordinator. Elections were held upon which all members could vote by e-mail. Possible candidates could put themselves forward by sending a biography and statement how they envision MAYS and what they would do to bring MAYS forward. Lilian Kennedy (University of Edinburgh) was elected as a new coordinator and Mari Lo Bosco will stay as coordinator until 2017. The aim is to alternate each year between having one coordinator who has already organized a MAYS annual meeting and a new coordinator, so that former experiences can be passed on.

The MAYS 2017 meeting is currently being planned. It will be hosted by the EDcMA, the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology, in collaboration with SoMA (the Student group or Medical Anthropology), and will take place on 15-16 June 2017.



Mobile Medical Anthropology

This is an initiative of the EASA medical anthropology network. Mobile Medical Anthropology offers an opportunity for post-docs and senior teaching staff to move within our network to another University of their choice and exchange ideas with the lecturers and students there through participation in research seminars. The aim of the initiative is to learn about different styles of teaching, learning and doing medical anthropology and to compose a joint publication.
Successful applicants receive the funding to travel to and live at another University for 2-3 months (ca £2000/ month). Depending on the system of teaching into which they will be integrated, they prepare 8-16 lectures contributing to the field of medical anthropology in consultation with their chosen host institution. Applicants this year can choose dates of their convenience for their exchange within the academic years 2015-17 (starting after April 1st 2015 and ending prior to March 2017). To participate they complete this form by October 15th 2014: www.medical-anthropology.nl/actuality/mma-applicationform.doc - and send it to



Applied Medical Anthropology

Contact: R.Gooberman-Hill(AT)bristol.ac.uk.