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Selim Gökçe Atıcı


Selim Gökçe Atıcı is a Ph.D. candidate at the Anthropology Department at Stanford University. He currently works on relapse prevention programs in the Kansai region in Japan, focusing on self-organized support groups comprised of individuals attending DARC (Nihon Daruku) institutions and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) platforms.

Princess Banda


Princess Banda (she/ her) is a socio-medical anthropologist who, amongst many things, is primarily a writer, educator, and researcher. Princess is currently a DPhil Anthropology student at the University of Oxford and is cultivating a research pathway which embraces the intersections and entanglements between socio-medical anthropology, women's health, racial and social justice, and critical qualitative research methods. Her doctoral thesis explores how obstetric racism is not only a significant factor in UK Black women's intergenerational experiences of unequitable maternal health, but how it is also a kind of biopolitics which reflects the UK's wider politics of race and ethics of anti-Blackness.

Dörte Bemme


Dörte Bemme is an assistant professor at the Department for Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the Department for Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University and held two postdocs in anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill and the New School, New York. She co-leads the social theory platform at the ESRC Centre for Society & Mental Health and is the managing editor of Transcultural Psychiatry. Dörte’s research is situated at the intersection of anthropology of knowledge and psychiatry. She has conducted long-term, multi-sited fieldwork among Global Mental Health experts in international institutions, globally networked consortia, and implementation sites in South Africa. Her work explores how mental health problems are construed, enacted, and experienced at different scales. Studying the production of global knowledge and care, focusses on how differently situated actors create, maintain, and reconcile orders of difference framed as pertaining to culture, power, intersectionality, epistemology, or location. Her recent methodological and theoretical interventions pursue “mutuality as a method” to make Global Mental Health more equitable (Bemme et.al 2023), and suggest to make social theory more inclusive of experiential knowledge and accountable to real world change (Bemme & Behague 2024).

Lyndsey Beutin


Lyndsey Beutin is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Media Arts at McMaster University and Visiting Research Scholar in African American Studies at Princeton University (2023-24). Her research focuses on the racial politics of media, technology, and social justice activism. She is the author of Trafficking in Antiblackness: Modern-Day Slavery, White Indemnity, and Racial Justice (Duke, 2023). She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001 and has been an early adopter of many terrible diabetes technologies, including the first generation of continuous glucose monitors.

Cal Biruk


Cal Biruk is Associate Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University. They identify as a “5.5er ally” (someone whose blood glucose hovers around 5.5mmol/L but loves and lives with a type 1 diabetic). Their interests are at the intersection of medical anthropology, STS, and queer studies. They are the author of Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World (Duke, 2018) and numerous articles in journals including American Ethnologist, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Critical Public Health, and Gay and Lesbian Quarterly. They spend a lot of time birding.

Valerie Black


Valerie Black is a medical and sociocultural anthropologist and disability studies scholar who studies human-AI relationality. She currently lectures in the School of Public Health and the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nik Brown


Nik Brown is Professor in Science and Technology Studies and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of York, and a long-standing member of York’s Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU). His areas of research concern the biopolitics of immunity in a wide range of empirical contexts including transplantation, biobanking, antimicrobial resistance, and the inter-relationships between microbial ecology, infections and architectural/building design.

Sandra Calkins


Sandra Calkins is Associate Professor of Environment, Technology and Decolonial Knowledge within the Faculty of Behavioural, Management, and Social Sciences, University of Twente. As an anthropologist of science, she studies how knowledge about the environment comes to matter and shapes the health and futures of collective life. She is committed to thinking from, with and alongside particular lives, both human and more-than-human, relationships and worlds.

Sangeeta Chattoo


Sangeeta Chattoo is a medical anthropologist and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, at the University of York. Her research and publications focus on health inequalities at intersections of race, ethnicity, genetics/genomic technologies, disability, gender and citizenship.

Lijiaozi Cheng


Lijiaozi Cheng is currently holding a Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Sheffield, having finished her PhD there entitled Making Sense of Suboptimal Health (亚健康): Negotiating and Embodying the Conceptual Space of “Neither Healthy Nor Diseased” and having recently concluded her role as Research Associate on this project on Embedding cultural Intelligence in institutional leadership to improve inclusion. She is interested in exploring the intersection of the biological and the social, particularly the blurry areas between health and illness, bringing in diverse cultural perspectives from non-Western contexts.

Holly Coltart


Holly Coltart is a junior doctor and an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice at St George's University, London. She received her MbChB in Medicine with an intercalated BSc in Medical Humanities from the University of Glasgow. She holds an MA in Medical Anthropology from Harvard University.

Thomas Cousins


Simon Cousins is the Clarendon-Lienhardt Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa, School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. He is an anthropologist of southern Africa with a particular interest in health, labour, and kinship, especially nutrition and pharmaceuticals and their attendant forms of value and life. His fieldwork to date has been in South Africa on topics including global health surveillance, welfare, communications technologies, and zoonosis.

Vyoma Dhar Sharma


Vyoma Dhar Sharma is a postdoctoral fellow with the O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism, Structural Discrimination and Global Health. Her research focusses on the political economy of ‘inclusive’ interventions within Reproductive & Child Health (RCH) programs in India. She is examining the role of colonial legacies and international power asymmetries in determining the meaning and scope of good health for women in developing countries.

Véra Ehrenstein


Véra Ehrenstein is a statutory member and researcher at the Centre d’étude des mouvements sociaux (CEMS), Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. An engineer by training, she completed a thesis in the sociology of science and technology at the Centre for Sociology of Innovation at the École des Mines in Paris. Her current research focuses on how the climate crisis is transforming the life sciences, particularly so-called tropical forestry ecology and engineering in Central Africa.

Fionna Fahey


Fionna Fahey is a Ph.D. student of Anthropology at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana, United States). Her work uses critical feminist and science and technology studies lenses to study seeds, intergenerational health, and social justice.

Jeremy Greene


Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, is a professor of medicine and the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he directs the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine and holds joint appointments in the Department of History of Science and Technology and the Department of Anthropology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. His third and most recent book, 'The Doctor Who Wasn’t There: Technology, History, and the Limits of Telehealth' (University of Chicago Press, 2022) examines how changing expectations of instantaneous communications through electric, electronic, and digital media transformed the nature of medical practice and medical knowledge. His first two books, 'Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease' and 'Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine', (2007 and 2014, Johns Hopkins University Press) discuss the complex histories of medical technologies (like pharmaceuticals) and the series of legislative, regulatory, clinical, and consumer decisions that guide their production, circulation, and consumption. Dr. Greene’s newest research project, 'Syringe Tide: Disposable Technologies and the Making of Medical Waste', is supported by a 2023 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Carmine Grimaldi


Carmine Grimaldi is a filmmaker and historian, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University. He is currently making a film based on a collection of ½” reels from a video psychotherapeutic practice in the 1970s.

Katja Guenther


Katja Guenther is the author of 'The Mirror and the Mind: A History of Self-Recognition in the Human Sciences' (Princeton, 2022), and 'Localization and Its Discontents: A Genealogy of Psychoanalysis and the Neuro Disciplines' (Chicago, 2015). She is Professor of History at Princeton University, and was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2022.

Miguel Angel Domínguez Hernández


Miguel Angel Domínguez Hernández is a general practitioner currently working for 'Compañeros en Salud/Partners in Health Mexico'. He received his licentiate degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Mar Hicks


Mar Hicks is an Associate Professor of Data Science at the University of Virginia, doing research on the history of computing, labor, technology, and queer STS. Their research focuses on how gender and sexuality bring hidden technological dynamics to light, and how the experiences of women and LGBTQIA+ people change the core narratives of the history of computing. Hicks's multiple award-winning book, 'Programmed Inequality', looks at how the British lost their early lead in computing by discarding women computer workers. Their new work studies resistance and queerness in the history of technology. Hicks is also an Associate Editor of the 'IEEE Annals of the History of Computing', and co-editor of the book 'Your Computer Is On Fire' (MIT Press, 2021).

Greg Hollin


Greg Hollin is a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. He is currently funded by the Wellcome Trust and is exploring the relationship between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease.

Marie-Andrée Jacob


Marie-Andrée Jacob is Professor of Law in the School of Law and Centre for Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds. She is interested in the ways regulation and other decision-making mechanisms shape and get shaped by healthcare settings. She is leading the AHRC project Making it to the Registers: documenting migrant carers’ experiences of registration and fitness to practise (makingregisters.leeds.ac.uk) and from 2024 will co-lead the AHRC Research Network on The Choreography of Consent: Experiments in dance/law research.

Frédéric Keck


Frédéric Keck studied philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure and at the Université Lille III, as well as anthropology at the University of California Berkeley. He joined CNRS in 2005. He was a laureate of the Fondation Fyssen en 2007, received the CNRS bronze medal in 2011, and was a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 2015. He directed the research and teaching department at the Musée du quai Branly between 2014 and 2018. He has been the director of the Laboratory for social anthropology since January 2019.

Jieun Kim


Jieun Kim is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds and the lead academic of the White Rose Collaboration project, ‘Vital Circulations: A Framework for Understanding Social Dynamics in and beyond a Pandemic’ (2021-2023). As a sociocultural and medical anthropologist, she is interested in scrutinizing the ways in which social inequalities are naturalised and contested based on perceptions of social and bodily differences. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded project exploring the politics of blood donation in Japan and Korea.

Mariana Ramos Pitta Lima


Mariana Ramos Pitta Lima is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Data and Knowledge Integration for Health (CIDACS/ Fiocruz), Brazil. She holds a PhD in Public Health from Institute of Collective Health, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.

Christos Lynteris


Christos Lynteris is Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research focuses on zoonotic diseases from anthropological and historical perspectives. His latest book is Visual Plague: The Emergence of Epidemic Photography (MIT Press, 2022).

Paul Martin


Paul Martin is Professor of the Sociology of Science and Technology at the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield. He is Co-Director of the flagship multidisciplinary research centre – the Institute for the Study of the Human (iHuman) – which explores what it means to be human in the 21st Century. His research is at the interface of science and technology studies and medical sociology. He is currently working on a major five-year fellowship on high priced “orphan” drugs for rare diseases funded by the Wellcome Trust. Other research interests include the clinical and commercial development of genomics.

Rory J O’Connor


Rory J O’Connor is Charterhouse Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds. He is Lead Clinician and Honorary Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and Deputy Clinical Director and Rehabilitation Theme Lead for the National Institute of Health and Care Research Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative.

Kirsten Ostherr


Kirsten Ostherr is the author of 'Medical Visions: Producing the Patient through Film, Television and Imaging Technologies' (Oxford, 2013) and 'Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health' (Duke, 2005). She is co-editor of a two-part special issue of 'Reviews in Digital Humanities' called “Race, Health, and Medicine,” editor of 'Applied Media Studies' (Routledge, 2018), and co-editor of 'Science/Animation', a special issue of the journal 'Discourse' (2016). Kirsten is currently writing two books, 'The Visual History of Computational Health' and 'Virtual Health'.

Thorben Peter Høj Simonsen


Thorben Peter Høj Simonsen holds a PhD from the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. Before taking up a position as Researcher at the Danish Center for Social Science Research, he was an Assistant Professor at the IT University in Copenhagen, affiliated with the Technologies-in-Practice research group. His research interests converge around the role of space and place in healthcare. Previously he has studied the implications of so-called “healing architecture” for psychiatric practice, focusing on the role of the built environment. Increasingly, the role of digital technologies in healthcare, specifically immersive technologies like virtual reality, are the focus of his research.

Branwyn Poleykett


Branwyn Poleykett is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam. She specializes in the study of public, global, and planetary health and has conducted the majority of her research in the West African city of Dakar, in Senegal.

Eugene Raikhel


Eugene Raikhel is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies. Eugene is a cultural and medical anthropologist with interests encompassing the anthropology of science, biomedicine and psychiatry; addiction and its treatment; suggestion and healing; and post-socialist transformations in Eurasia. He is particularly concerned with the circulation of new forms of knowledge and clinical intervention produced by biomedicine, neuroscience and psychiatry. His work follows therapeutic technologies as they move both from "bench to bedside" and from one cultural or institutional setting to another, examining how they intersect with the lives of practitioners and patients. His book 'Governing Habits: Treating Alcoholism in the Post-Soviet Clinic' was published by Cornell University Press in the Fall of 2016. Based on fourteen months of fieldwork in St. Petersburg among institutions dealing with substance abuse, this book examines the political-economic, epidemiological and clinical changes that have transformed the knowledge and medical management of alcoholism and addiction in Russia over the past twenty years. Two new projects, both based largely in North America, are in an earlier stage of development. The first of these, a collaboration with Stephanie Lloyd (Laval University) and researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, examines the emerging field of "behavioral epigenetics," with a particular focus on research about suicidal risk. They are in the process of carrying out an ethnographic study to examine how neuroscientists, geneticists and psychiatrists draw upon the latest scientific knowledge to explain suicide, and how family members, in turn, take up these explanations. Eugene has also begun a second project, which will examine how contemporary logics, practices and politics of mental health and illness intersect with class distinctions and aspirations for upward mobility among undergraduates in the United States. From September 2007 to February 2010 Eugene held a postdoctoral fellowship in the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Culture and Mental Health Services Research in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. Eugene founded, edit and frequently contribute to Somatosphere, a collaborative academic weblog focused on medical anthropology at its intersections with cultural psychiatry, bioethics and science and technology studies.

Felix E. Rietmann


Felix E. Rietmann, MD, PhD, is research associate (SNSF Ambizione Fellow) at the chair of medical humanities at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, leading a research group on the history of child health in the nineteenth century. He has published on the history of medical and health technologies, the visual and material culture of medicine, literature and medicine, and the history of pediatrics, developmental psychology, and child psychiatry. He is currently completing a book project provisionally entitled 'Watching Babies: A History of Infant Mental Health'. The book explores how the baby has become a psychotherapeutic patient in twentieth and twenty-first century medicine. He is co-editor of the 'European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health'.

Jamie Stark


Jamie Stark is Professor of Medical Humanities in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds. He specialises in the histories of infectious disease, public health, ageing, and nutrition, but his research is also rooted in interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership work. He is currently co-leading a major Wellcome-funded project – LivingBodiesObjects – which explores the relationships between bodies and technologies of health, and is also starting a major piece of research on the history of microbial culture collections, reflecting his long-standing interest in all things microscopic.

Noémi Tousignant


Noémi Tousignant is Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. She came to UCL in 2018 with a Wellcome Trust University Award. She previously held postdoctoral positions at the Université de Montréal, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge. Her recent book, Edges of Exposure (Duke 2018), was awarded the Society for Social Studies of Science Ludwik Fleck Award for 2020.

Jaipreet Virdi


Jaipreet Virdi is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delaware whose research focuses on the ways medicine and technology impact the lived experiences of disabled people. She is author of 'Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History' (University of Chicago Press, 2020).

Miriam Waltz


Miriam Waltz is assistant professor in gender justice and health technologies with a joint appointment between the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. Her research will focus on the development of an interdisciplinary hub on health technologies in Africa.

Lauren White


Lauren White is a Lecturer in Social Research Methods at the Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI). Lauren is a sociologist, but works across disciplines such as critical disability studies, geography, education and urban studies. She is interested in everyday experiences of health, illness and disability and utilises creative and participatory methods to explore these areas. Lauren has worked on various projects relating to experiences of health conditions and disability, with a particular focus on inequalities of toilet access in public life and the implications of this for health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

Ros Williams


Ros Williams is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield. They write mainly about the intersection of race, technology and health and have recently completed a large Wellcome Trust project exploring how race is understood and operationalised in the context of blood, or bone marrow, stem cell donation. Ros is Associate Director of the ESRC Digital Good Network.

Hannah Zeavin


Hannah Zeavin is a scholar, writer, and editor. She is an Assistant Professor of History at The Berkeley Center for New Media (UC Berkeley). Zeavin is the author of 'The Distance Cure: A History of Teletherapy' (2021) and 'Mother Media: Technology in the American Family' (MIT Press, expected 2025). She is at work on her third book, 'All Freud’s Children: A Story of Inheritance' (US: Penguin Press; UK: Fern Press). In 2021, Zeavin co-founded The Psychosocial Foundation and is the Founding Editor of 'Parapraxis', a new magazine for psychoanalysis. She also serves as an Associate Editor for 'Psychoanalysis & History', an Editorial Associate for 'The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association', on the editorial board of 'Television and New Media', and a series editor of Palgrave’s 'Studies in the Psychosocial'. Essays and criticism have appeared in Bookforum, Dissent, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, n+1, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.

Franziska Zirker


Franziska Zirker is a Research Associate in the subproject “The Pandemic Situation. Health Security and the Politics of Epidemiological Data” of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre “Dynamics of Security. Types of Securitization from a Historical Perspective” at the University of Marburg. Her PhD research investigates technoscientific efforts to make health emergencies governable through the “real time” capture of the given epidemic situation as a snapshot of quantitative data streams. Trained in sociology and political science at the Universities of Marburg and Frankfurt/Main, she is passionate about feminist theory, science and technology studies, and social research methods.