Medical Anthropology Europe (MAE)

Future Event

The MAE-MAT ECR Paper Prize 2022/2023 cycle is now open for submissions!

The Board of the Medical Anthropology Europe (MAE) and the Editorial Collective at Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT) are excited to announce the second cycle of our MAE-MAT Early Career Researcher Paper Prize.

Through this award, we aim to recognise and promote the outstanding work of junior scholars in the field of medical anthropology. The winning paper will be published in MAT. The winner will be expected to serve on the jury for awarding the next cycle of the prize. We welcome submissions from early career scholars from all parts of the world. Co-authored papers are acceptable, but all authors must meet the eligibility criteria below.

The deadline for submission is 1 November 2022.
The call for paper submissions for the Early Career Paper prize has been postponed, the new deadline is 30 November 2022, 5 pm (GMT). We expect to announce the winning paper in early 2023.

Papers should be submitted through the MAT submission system. Please select the ‘MAE-MAT Early Career Paper’ category when submitting your paper.

Submitted papers should be accompanied by a short cover letter (less than one page) stating that all authors meet the eligibility criteria. Authors ought to attach their cover letters as additional files when submitting their manuscripts through the link above.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria

Papers should be written in clear language, have a concise conceptual argument, involve primary research, engage core debates and themes in medical anthropology, and make an innovative contribution to the field.

Authors should be current PhD students or be within 2 years of having obtained their PhD, with exceptions for parental leave and other caring responsibilities. Authors ought to address exceptional timelines in their cover letters.

Papers should be ethnographic in focus and draw primarily on MA, MSc, or PhD research.

All papers that involve human subjects research will be asked to affirm that the research underwent an ethics review process in advance of the research being undertaken. If a submission does not have prior ethics approval, the author should discuss why ethics approvals were not needed in their cover letter.

Papers should be no longer than 10,000 words including references.
Papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Please see MAT’s submission pages for more information about how to prepare your manuscript for anonymous review.

While MAT is an English-language journal, we warmly encourage authors using English as a second language to apply for the MAE-MAT Early Career Research Prize. The winning manuscript will be selected on the basis of the quality of the ideas, evidence and argument, in addition to its fit with the MAT journal scope and aims ( Grammatical, spelling, and other common language errors will not be considered part of the selection criteria. Should the winning paper benefit from additional English language support, MAT and MAE will provide this service prior to publication to support authors working with English as a second language. Authors who expect that their manuscripts may benefit from enhanced English language editing ought to indicate that this is the case in their cover letters. Requests for this additional support will have no impact on the review process. We are grateful to the support of the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (EdCMA) at the University of Edinburgh for funding this initiative.

Jury panelists include Dr Jessica Cooper (University of Edinburgh), Dr Kaveri Qureshi (University of Edinburgh), Prof Ian Harper (University of Edinburgh), Dr Laura Ann Meek (University of Hong Kong), Dr Natashe Lemos Dekker (Leiden University), Prof Dr Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin), and Prof Rikke Sand Andersen (Aarhus University).

Online Q&A session

MAT editors will host a virtual Q&A session about the MAE-MAT Prize and publication more generally at MAT during the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology Global Mental Health Conference ( The session will take place on 10 June 2022, from 9.00 AM to 10.00 AM (BST).

Please bring any questions you might have about the prize to the session. Please note that you do not need to attend or register for the conference in order to participate in this panel.

Register for the Zoom session here

A recording of the session will be made available online on the MAT and EASA websites after the event.


Past Events

MAE-MAT Early Career Paper Awards

MAE-MAT Early Career Paper Awards

Please, see here for the video recording of the Meet the Editors events for the MAE-MAT ERC Paper Award that was run during the EdCMA conference in June

16th EASA Biennial Conference, New anthropological horizons in and beyond Europe
20-24 July 2020, Virtual Lisbon conference
Host institution: ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon and ICS-Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

The Medical Anthropology Europe Network had two successful panels during the EASA 2020
* Shifting Grounds: Emerging Medical Realities since the 1990s and into the Future (Panel 009)
Convenors: Natashe Lemos Dekker (Leiden University) and Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin)
* Moving Terrains in Care and Biomedicine: Affective Modes and Vulnerable Positions (Panel 182)
Convenors: Rikke Sand Andersen (University of Southern Denmark) and Bernhard Hadolt (University of Vienna)

Bodies in transition - power, knowledge and medical anthropology
EASA Medical Anthropology Network 2017 Network Meeting
5-7 July, Lisbon, Portugal
Local organization: Portuguese Anthropological Association (APA)

Held at the University of Lisbon, this conference was very successful with 243 participants, 37 panels, 177 paper presentations, 43 sessions and showed the broad variety and high-level quality of presented topics.

MAGic2015 conference: EASA RAI Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy and practice
University of Sussex, UK, 9-11th September 2015

Annual meeting of the Network
Chair: Andrew Russell and Susanne Ådahl. Forty-one people attended this event at EASA2014 in Tallinn

Medical anthropology-themed panels at EASA2014 in Tallinn. The conference witnessed a range of these.

Encounters and Engagements: Creating New Agendas for Medical Anthropology
EASA Medical Anthropology Network / AAA Society for Medical Anthropology /
Universitat Rovira i Virgili Joint International Conference, Tarragona, Spain
June 12-15th 2013