MAS Symposium, June 4th-5th, 2015 in Basel
04/06/2015 / Universität Basel, Nadelberg 6, 4051 Basel
Medical Anthropology at the heart of Public Health and Biomedicine
Medical Anthropology Switzerland (MAS) The scope of social anthropology has expanded dramatically in the last 100 years, stretching out beyond the traditional areas of museums, ethnographic exploration or descriptive studies. Social anthropology does not occupy a distinctly defined space of work in today’s working world. Social anthropology – medical anthropology included – claims to prepare its students for a broad and diverse scope of work. We aim to examine the thesis that creation and creativity of anthropological knowledge transform significantly when applied within biomedical or public health institutions. In order to understand these changes conceptually we will present several case studies of medical anthropologists working within biomedicine/public health institutions and involve these findings in a critical discourse on the type of knowledge that is produced.