Therapeutic Encounters: Emerging research in health and medicine in Eastern Europe

Indiana University is soliciting proposals from junior scholars for participation in an interdisciplinary workshop, “Therapeutic Encounters: Emerging research in health and medicine in Eastern Europe,” to be held April 13-14, 2012 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. 

Eligibility: Graduate students and recent PhDs from any field who are engaged in health- and medicine-related research in Eastern Europe. We particularly invite …


Call for Papers: Embattled Spaces/Contested Orders, Germany 05/30-06/02 2012

The Association of Africanists in Germany e.V. (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland) has extended their call for abstracts for their 2012 conference on Embattled Spaces/Contested Orders in Cologne, Germany. Not all of the panels will be held in English; however, several of them specifically request applicants to hand in abstracts in English. Topics of panels range from governance, language and …


Mental Health Care in Ukraine: Twenty Years after the Soviet Union

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In the summer of 2008 I had the pleasure of beginning my anthropological dissertation fieldwork in Ukraine.  I was particularly interested in the mental health field.  I had much experience with mental health issues in the U.S. through my Master’s thesis at the University of South Florida where I interned with the National Mental Health Association.  I had also worked …

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Health and medicine 20 years after the Soviet Union

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Nearly two decades have now passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Over the next several months we will be running a series of articles which consider a specific issues related to health and medicine in the former Soviet Union.  The articles comprising “20 Years After the Soviet Union” will highlight research by anthropologists and other social …


Book review: Zigon’s "HIV is God’s Blessing"

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Jarrett Zigon. “HIV Is God’s Blessing”: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 280 pages. $24.95.

Reviewed by Tomas Matza (Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University)

Anthropologists have taken a keen interest in the way that the collapse of the Soviet Union has impacted the everyday lives of the people living in that region. The fact …

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“Healing holidays?” – a special issue of Anthropology & Medicine on medical tourism

The latest Anthropology & Medicine is a special issue on medical tourism which includes work by anthropologists and historians on various examples of medical travel.  What makes this issue particularly interesting is that it brings together work examining the kind of phenomena that have become exemplary of “medical tourism” in the 21st century — underinsured middle-class Americans traveling to India …