Writing Life No. 1: An interview with Rachel Prentice

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Figure 1: Rachel’s writing space with friend Jasper (2007-2019)
(Photograph by Rachel Prentice)

Rachel E. Prentice is a no muss, no fuss anthropologist of medicine, technology, and the body and currently an associate professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. What follows is a shortened and edited compilation of her prompted musings on …


Reworking the Cognitive Bias – a Brainstorm

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Can we change the way that we think about thinking? Can we rework our thoughts about thought? If so, what would reworking thought open up, analytically and ethnographically? Those were the provocations we started with, an invitation to draw together early career researchers working on diverse ways of conceptualizing thinking and not-thinking, cognizing and not-cognizing. 

Even asking these questions raises …


Katie Kilroy-Marac’s An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic

An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic

Katie Kilroy-Marac

University of California Press, 2019. 288 pages.

Katie Kilroy-Marac begins An Impossible Inheritance with a curious epigraph: “The individual can be said to be ‘tangled up in stories’ which happen to him before any story is recounted.”[1] This statement from Paul Ricoeur’s …


From women to women: building the state response to the Zika epidemic in Brazil

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De mulher para mulher: construindo a resposta do estado à epidemia de Zika no Brasil

‘Minha vida era uma antes e outra depois da Zika’, disse Dra. Celina Turchi em uma conferência em Recife. Ela liderava o grupo que comprovou a relação causal entre o vírus da Zika e o aumento dos casos de microcefalia …


Introduction: Excavating and (re)creating the biosocial; birth cohorts as ethnographic object of inquiry and site of intervention

Longitudinal birth cohorts are increasingly recognised as important for understanding how biological, social and environmental processes interact over time and contribute to health inequalities. Birth cohorts have also become part of global assemblages of knowledge production, particularly in the field of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD, Gluckman et al. 2016), and act as important technologies of evidence …


A Year of Trans Childhood

Trans young people are a matter of vital attention in the United States. Recently, trans-identified youth have figured in arguments about healthcare