AG Medical Anthropology

Böhmig, Christine


Christine Böhmig was trained as a general nurse at the Schwesternschule des Universtitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany, from 1989 to 1992. She worked as a nurse at the Maternal and Child Care Unit in Cape Coast, Ghana, and at the hematology unit at the academic hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. From 1992 onwards, she studied cultural anthropology (major), sociology and political sciences (minor) at the University of Heidelberg and received her MA degree in 1997. Her research interests are in hospital ethnography, religion and health, African belief systems and qualitative methodologies. In 2010, she received her PhD from University of Amsterdam for her research entitled ‘Ghanaian nurses at a cross-road, managing expectations in a medical ward’. Between 1999 and 2012, she worked as a tutor at University College Utrecht, the Netherlands and she also taught courses in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology and qualitative research methods. Since 2013, she is based in Karlsruhe, Germany, working in intercultural consulting and training and transcultural nursing.


Research Interests

Krankenpflege; Ghana; interkulturelle und transkulturelle Aspekte von Pflege; Religion und Gesundheit; Sterben und Tod


Research Area(s)

West Africa (Ghana); Europe (the Netherlands)



Monographs and Edited Volumes

2010. ‘Ghanaian nurses at a crossroads. Managing expectations on a medical ward’. Leiden: African Studies Centre.

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

2006. ‘Who are you? Toegang krijgen tot een Ghanees ziekenhuis voor participerend veldonderzoek’. In: KWALON 31 (11): 22- 26.

2009. ‘“This is not what I expected – I want to go”. Krankenschwestern zwischen Erwartungen und Realität in einem ghanaischen Krankenhaus’. In: Dilger, Hansjörg and Bernhard Hadolt (eds.): Medizin im Kontext: Krankheit und Gesundheit in einer vernetzten Welt. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang Verlag.

2010. ‘“There is somebody in heaven who takes care of you”. Nursing care and religiosity on a hospital ward in Ghana’. In: Medische Antropologie, 22(1): 47-61.

Chapters in Edited Books

2010. ‘Organizing monies: The reality and creativity of nursing on a hospital ward in Ghana’. In: Dekkers, Marleen and Rijk van Dijk (eds.): Markets of Well-being. Navigating health and healing in Africa. Leiden: Brill.


2010. ‘Africa in Progress – Nursing across cultures’. Interview for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, download: