Workshop “Embodied Belonging: In/Exclusion, Health Care and Well-Being in a World in Motion”

The next workshop of the Work Group Medical Anthropology will take place on 5 October 2017, 2.30-6 pm (as part of the German Anthropolical Association’s biennial conference “Belonging: Affective, moral and political practices in an interconnected world”, 4-7 October) at  Freie Universität Berlin (Habelschwerdter Allee 45, Room J27/14). Interested conference participants are very welcome!

Convenors: Claudia Lang (Cermes3, Paris), Dominik Mattes (Freie Universität Berlin)

Keynote: Sarah Willen (University of Connecticut)

Increasing human mobility and worldwide migration processes of varying scope are provoking new experiences and practices of belonging related to the body, health care, and well-being. This is significant not only for those leaving their home countries and arriving elsewhere as newcomers, but also for the members of so-called ‘host communities’ who are confronted with social and material transformations of their life worlds resulting from large-scale human migration. In this workshop we aim to address how (embodied) belonging is re-imagined, negotiated, contested, practiced, constrained, and (failed to be) achieved in the context of such societal encounters, and which are the effects on involved people’s well-being and health care. In exploring health-related transformations in people’s lives caused by dis- and re-emplacements, we propose embodied belonging as a provisional term to connect social, moral, and political-legal aspects of belonging with its affective and sensorial dimensions. Workshop papers may address but are not restricted to the following questions: How does belonging matter in the suffering, (health) care and well-being of migrants and refugees, but also the homeless, disabled, and otherwise socially disadvantaged among the ‘host communities’? Which are the effects of particular politics of belonging and corresponding administrative regimes on institutional setups of health care provision? What are the consequences with regard to people’s capacities to maintain and re-create a sense of belonging and to sustain their well-being? What is the role of religious and ‘alternative’ healing practices in achieving and sustaining embodied belonging and well-being? How are the body and the senses entangled in perceptions, disruptions, and re-creations of belonging? How are (in)capacities to belong and respective consequences for people’s well-being shaped along lines of social division such as gender, age, religious affiliation, ethnicity, and legal status?

Please download the workshop program HERE.

Work Group Medical Anthropology Workshop 2017: “Social Anthropology of Well-Being – Prekäres Leben: Krieg, Flucht, Migration”

The Work Group Medical Anthropology warmly welcomes you to participate in its next workshop, which takes place on 5-6 May at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.

Please download the workshop program HERE.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please write a short note to Claudia Lang (claudia.lang[at] by April 15th.

Anniversary Conference “Transfigurationen: medizin macht gesellschaft macht medizin” (Universität Basel, 17.-18.02.2017) – Program now online

Please download the program of our anniversary conference (20 years Work Group Medical Anthropology) „Transfigurationen: medizin macht gesellschaft macht medizin“ (co-hosted by our work group together with Medical Anthropology Switzerland and Wiener Dialoge für Medizinanthropologie) HERE. Please find further organizational information on the conference HERE.

New Blog “Medizinethnologie”

The new blog “Medizinethnologie. Körper, Gesundheit und Heilung in einer globalisierten Welt” is now online:

Contributions and comments on texts of the blog are very welcome – also from authors who are not a member of the Work Group Medical Anthropology!


Information about classes taught by our members can be found here!


New books and contributions by our members:

Hansjörg Dilger, Susann Huschke & Dominik Mattes (guest eds.). 2015. Ethics, Epistemology, and Engagement: Encountering Values in Medical Anthropology. Special Issue, Medical Anthropology 34(3).

Rijk van Dijk, Hansjörg Dilger, Marian Burchardt & Thera Rasing (eds.). 2014. Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. London: Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-5669-8

Caroline Meier zu Biesen. 2013. Globale Epidemien – lokale Antworten. Eine Ethnographie der Heilpflanze Artemisia annua in Tansania. Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag. ISBN 978-3-593-42100-1

Hansjörg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane & Stacey Langwick (eds.). 2012. Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-22368-5

Verena Keck. 2011. The Search for a Cause: An Anthropological Perspective on a Neurological Disease in Guam, Western Pacific. Mangilao: University of Guam, Micronesian Area Research Center and Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

Ehler Voss. 2011. Mediales Heilen in Deutschland. Berlin: Reimer. ISBN 978-3-496-02843-7

Ehler Voss (guest ed.). 2011.Generation Ethnomedizin – Generation Medizinethnologie?” AGEM 1970–2010: Rückblicke und Ausblicke III. Curare 34(3).

Erdmute Alber, Bettina Beer, Julia Pauli & Michael Schnegg (eds.). 2010. Verwandtschaft heute. Berlin: Reimer.

Magdalena Stülb. 2010. Transkulturelle Akteurinnen. Eine medizinethnologische Studie zu Schwangerschaft, Geburt und Mutterschaft von Migrantinnen in Deutschland. Berlin: Weißensee. ISBN 978-3-89998-176-6

Hansjörg Dilger und Bernhard Hadolt (eds.). 2010. Medizin im Kontext. Krankheit und Gesundheit in einer vernetzten Welt. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.