Dominik Mattes studied Social Anthropology, Spanish Philology and Philosophy at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and the Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). After finishing his studies in 2006 he worked as a project coordinator in a health promotion project for refugees and asylum seekers by the German Red Cross (Deutscher Präventionspreis 2007). Since 2008 he has been a research associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. His doctoral thesis examines the social dynamics and political framework of the national HIV treatment program in Tanzania. It furthermore explores how patients incorporate antiretroviral medicines in their everyday life and what effect the broad availability of the therapy has on local social relations and the broader societal discourse on HIV/AIDS. From 2012 to 2014 Dominik coordinated the Medical Anthropology Young Scholars Network (MAYS, within the European Association of Social Anthropologists) together with Katerina Vidner-Ferkov (University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia). In this capacity he co-organized two international conferences for junior researchers in medical anthropology. Currently, Dominik is working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies” (at Freie Universität Berlin). His collaborative research project is entitled “Affective emotions and affective belonging in the context of migration: Sufi Centers and (new) Pentecostal churches in Berlin”.
HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy; anthropology of pharmaceuticals; Global Health; migration and health; anthropology of affect and emotion; anthropology of Christianity/Pentecostalism
East Africa (Tanzania); Berlin, Germany
Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)
2015. (together with Hansjörg Dilger und Susann Huschke). Ethics, Epistemology, and Engagement: Encountering Values in Medical Anthropology. In: Medical Anthropology 34(1): 1-10.
2014. “Life Is Not a Rehearsal, It’s a Performance”: An Ethnographic Enquiry into the Subjectivities of Children and Adolescents Living with Antiretroviral Treatment in Northeastern Tanzania. In: Children and Youth Services Review 45(2014): 28-37.
2014. Caught in Transition: The Struggle to Live a ‘Normal’ Life with HIV in Tanzania. In: Medical Anthropology 33(4): 270-287.
2012. “I Am Also a Human Being!”: Antiretroviral Treatment in Local Moral Worlds. In: Anthropology and Medicine 19(1): 75-84.
2011. “We Are Just Supposed to Be Quiet”: The Production of Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment in Urban Tanzania. In: Medical Anthropology 30(2): 158-182.
Chapters in Edited Books
2014. The Blood of Jesus and CD4 Counts: Dreaming, Developing and Navigating Therapeutic Options for Curing HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. In: van Dijk, Rijk; Dilger, Hansjörg; Burchardt, Marian and Thera Rasing (eds.): Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. Religion and the Challenges of AIDS-Treatment in Africa. Pp. 169-195 London: Ashgate.
2004. (together with Giulia Paglialonga). Medizinische Versorgung. In: Ulrich Köhler (ed.): Nueva Maravilla. Eine junge Siedlung im Kontext massiver indianischer Migration nach San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexiko. Pp. 132-232. Münster: LIT.
2015. (together with Hansjörg Dilger und Michael Knipper). Die Welt zusammen/denken: Krisen, Lebenswelten und Handlungsspielräume – ein Jahr Blog Medizinethnologie. Contribution to „Medizinethnologie: Körper, Gesundheit und Heilung in einer globalisierten Welt“: http://www.medizinethnologie.net/ein-jahr-blog/
2014. (together with Mustafa Abdalla, Anika König, Caroline Meier zu Biesen, Ursula Probst, Britta Rutert, Judith Schühle, Nasima Selim). Conference report on the 5th Annual Medical Anthropology Young Scholars Meeting, 4-5 July 2014, Freie Universität Berlin. In: Medicine, Anthropology, Theory. 1 Decemer 2014: http://www.medanthrotheory.org/read/4548/report-on-the-5th-annual-medical-anthropology-young-scholars-meeting.
2013. (with Hansjörg Dilger, Susann Huschke und Claire Beaudevin). Report on the International Summer School “Well-Being at the Margins: Seeking Health in Stratified Landscapes of Medicine and Healing”, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 22-27 July 2013. In: Curare 36(2013): 305-310.
2012. (together with Hansjörg Dilger, Susann Huschke and Angelika Wolf). Medizin in globalen Feldern: Forschen und Studieren am Institut für Ethnologie in Berlin. In: Ethnoscripts 14(2): 156-180.
Conference Presentations and Panels
2015. “The making and unmaking of ‘crises’ and ‘emergencies’ in global health”. Workshop Chair together with Hansjörg Dilger. Workshop on behalf of the Work Group Medical Anthropology (German Anhropological Association) at the GAA conference “Crises. Reconfigurations of Life, Power, and Worlds”, Pillipps-Universität Marburg, 30 September – 3 October 2015.
2015. “How ‘global’ is Global Health? Mobility and (dis)connectivity in the Global Health enterprise”. Panel Chair together with Hansjörg Dilger. Panel on behalf oft he Work Group Medical Anthropology at the joint conference “MAGic2015. Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy, and practice“ (EASA Medical Anthropology Network and RAI Medical Anthropology Committee), University of Sussex, UK, 9-11 September 2015.
2014. “Anthropology and/in Public Health”. Workshop given (together with Nasima Selim [Freie Universität Berlin], Denny Chakkalakal [Berlin School of Public Health], Kelley Sams [University of South Florida, EHESS Marseille]) at the 5th Annual Medical Anthropology Young Scholars Meeting “Peer-to-Peer Aid”, Freie Universität Berlin, 5 July 2014.
2013. “Coming of age with HIV: an enquiry into the subjective experiences of children and adolescents living with antiretroviral treatment in northeastern Tanzania”. Presentation given at the International Summer School in Medical Anthropology “Well-being at the Margins: Seeking Health in Stratified Landscapes of Medicine and Healing”, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 23 July 2013.
2013. “Daily encounters in ‘enclaves of abundance’: An inquiry into the management of HIV mass treatment in Tanzanian health facilities”. Presentation given at the conference ‘Encounters and Engagements’ (EASA Medial Anthropology Network/Society for Medical Anthropology [AAA]/Universidad Rovira I Virgili) in Tarragona, 14 June 2013.
2013. “‘Life is not a rehearsal, it’s a performance!’ An ethnographic enquiry into the subjectivities of children and adolescents living with antiretroviral treatment in northeastern Tanzania”. Presentation given at the conference “Growing up with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa” at the Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics, 25 March 2013.
2012. “The spaces between: subjectivity and emotions in the field”. Panel Chair together with Susann Huschke (Freie Universität Berlin). 15th Anniversary Conference of the Medical Anthropology Working Group (German Anthropological Association) “Beyond Boundaries: Interstices in Medical Anthropology”, University of Vienna, 1 December 2012.
2012. “Dealing with uncertainty: religious and/vs. biomedical responses to illness, health, and healing”. Panel Chair together with Malgorzata Rajtar (University of Gdanzg). EASA conference ‘Uncertainty and Disquiet’ in Paris/Nanterre, 12 July 2012.
2012. “The blood of Jesus and CD4 counts: dreaming, developing and navigating therapeutic options for curing HIV/AIDS in Tanzania”. Presentation given at the EASA conference “Uncertainty and Disquiet” in Paris/Nanterre, 12 July 2012.
2012. “The human side of doing anthropological research”. Workshop given at the 3rd Annual Medical Anthropology Young Scholars Meeting, Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense University, Nanterre, 9 July 2012.
2012. “‘It’s a diasease like any other disease, alright guys?’ ‘Normalcy’, ‘chronicity’, and antiretroviral treatment in northeastern Tanzania”. Presentation given at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, 3 May 2012.
2012. “Involvement, doubt, dismay, depletion. Vignettes of the praxis of HIV/AIDS research in Tanzania”. Presentation given in the Anthropological Colloquium, Anthropological Seminar, University of Basel, 2 May 2012.
2012. “Involvement, doubt, dismay, depletion. Vignettes of the praxis of HIV/AIDS research in Tanzania”. Presentation given in the Colloquium of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, 13 February 2012.
2011. “‘Just like buying sweets at the store?’ Antiretroviral treatment and the ambiguity of normalcy in urban Tanzania”. Presentation given at the American Anthropological Association conference “Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies” in Montreal, Canada, 18 November 2011.
2010. “The limits of pharmaceutical subjectification. Providing and living with antiretroviral treatments in urban Tanzania”. Presentation given at the Berlin Roundtables “Health Politics in an Interconnected World” (Irmgard-Coninx-Foundation), Berlin, 3 December 2010.
2010. “The limits of pharmaceutical subjectification. Providing and living with antiretroviral treatments in urban Tanzania”. Presentation given at the American Anthropological Association conference “Circulation” in New Orleans, USA, 19 November 2010.
2010. “Of docile bodies and problematic persons: providing and living with antiretroviral medicines in urban Tanzania”. Presentation given at the EASA conference “Crisis and Imagination” in Maynooth, Ireland, 27 August 2010.
2010. “‘One class is not enough for Edna!’ The ambivalent production of patient adherence to antiretroviral treatment in urban Tanzania”. Presentation given at the conference “Medical Anthropology in Europe: Shaping the field” of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, 2 July 2010.
2010. “Of docile bodies and problematic persons”. Presentation given in the workshop “Aktuelle Forschungen der AG Medical Anthropology” Medical Anthropology Working Group (German Anthropological Association), Freie Universität Berlin, 18 June 2010.
2010. “‘No matter if you’re sick in bed or crying at a burial – take your ARVs!’ The ambivalent production of patient adherence to antiretroviral treatment in urban Tanzania”. Presentation given at the 1st Medical Anthropology Young Scholars Meeting, Freie Universität Berlin, 12 February 2010.
2009. “Continuity and change in the course of ART roll-out in Tanzania. Preliminary research results from anthropological fieldwork in Tanga, Tanzania”. Presentation given at the international Symposium “Prolonging Life, Challenging Religion? ARVs, New Moralities and the Politics of Social Justice” of the Religion, Aids and Social Transformation in Africa Research Network, Justo Mwale Theological University College, Lusaka, 16 April 2009.