Guests 2019

Janet Carsten

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Janet Carsten is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Her published work has focussed on kinship, domestic relations, gender, historical migration, the house, adoption reunions, childhood, and memory. Her most recent completed project has been on ideas about bodily substance, and the interface between popular and medical ideas about blood in Malaysia and Britain.

Imagining and Living New Worlds: The Dynamics of Kinship in Contexts of Mobility and Migration

Andrew Dawson

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Andrew Dawson is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne. An ethnographer of contemporary Britain, Former Yugoslavia and Australia, Andrew’s work considers identity politics and mobility. He has also written extensively on the issue of ageing and care.

Work, Structures of Affect and Care: A Comparative Analysis

Petra Ezzeddine

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Petra Ezzeddine is a social anthropologist, who  lectures at the Department of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities (Charles University in Prague).  Her ethnographic research deals with gender aspects of migration, transnational forms of parenthood, the globalization of care for children and the elderly and female migrant domestic workers, gender and ageing in migration. She is a member of the editorial boards for Gender/Rovné příležitosti/Výzkum (Gender and Research) and the Journal of Human Affairs (Springer).

The gender of guilt: diversity and ambivalence of transnational care trajectories within postsocialist migration experience

Didier Fassin

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Didier Fassin is James D. Wolfensohn Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and a Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Anthropologist, sociologist and physician, he has conducted research in Senegal, South Africa, Ecuador, and France. Author of sixteen books, he was awarded the Gold Medal in anthropology at the Swedish Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was the first social scientist to receive the Nomis Distinguished Scientist Award.

Blow Up. A Critical Approach to Ethnographic Exposures

Ghassan Hage

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Ghassan Hage is professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has held many visiting professorships around the world including at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, University of Copenhagen, University of Amsterdam and Harvard. His research interests include: critical anthropological theory; comparative nationalism, colonialism and racism; the work of Pierre Bourdieu; the anthropology of the Palestinian question; and the anthropology of Lebanon and the Lebanese diaspora.

The critique of tone and the tone of critique

Rebecca Kay

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Rebecca Kay is Professor of Russian Gender Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. She has written extensively on issues of migration, social security, care, welfare and gender in Russia and Scotland. She was PI of the project ‘Social Security, Care and the Withdrawing State in Rural Russia’ (funded by the British Academy) which explored intersecting issues of care, welfare and social security in the context of a Siberian village.

‘She’s like a daughter to me’: Insights into care, work and kinship from rural Russia

Susan McKinnon

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Susan McKinnon is Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.  Her research and writing have been focused on issues relating to kinship, marriage, and gender, including their cross-cultural and historical diversity, their centrality in the structures and dynamics of hierarchy and equality, and their relation to ideas about nation and modernity.  She is currently working on a book about the stigmatization and prohibition of cousin marriage in the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

The Work of the Eugenics Record Office in the United States: Technologies for Pathologizing and Terminating „Degenerate“ Family Lines and „Purifying“ the Nation

Sara Lei Sparre

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Sara Lei Sparre, PhD, is a social anthropologist and Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University in Denmark. Her overall fields of interest stem from long-term research experience in the Middle East and Denmark. Her research concerns the anthropology of Islam, Christianity and interfaith relations; youth, age and generations; political activism, citizenship and the (welfare) state; ethnic and religious minorities; and more recently, ageing and care among ethnic minorities.

Between care and contract: Ageing immigrants, self-appointed helpers and ambiguous belonging in the Danish welfare state

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