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SoMA Events

WIP 2018



Masters Showcase, presented by SoMA

6 September 2017, University of Edinburgh

SoMA organised this showcase of the 2017 University of Edinburgh Anthropology Masters students' research. This showcase also allowed incoming Anthropology post graduate students to see the projects they would be undertaking the year ahead, and ask those that that (just recently!) been there to give advice!

Masters student speakers included:

Benjamin Heck – ‘Diagnosticisation’: The Politics of ICD Codes in the Genetics Clinic

Bernardo Moreno Peniche – Trailing non-endemicity: Chagas disease in the United States 

Mark Gotink – Who takes care of Public Bodies? A case of integrating care in Scotland through the Public Bodies Act 2014.

Caroline Gold – HIV, Stigma, and Faith: How African Faith Leaders Understand HIV in Scotland

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MAYS (Medical Anthropology Youth Scholars) 8th Annual Meeting 2017:

"Medical Anthropology Beyond Academic Borders" in collaboration with SoMA

15 - 16 June 2017, University of Edinburgh

This was a two day conference in which early career scholars came from around the world to share papers on thier current research, and discuss practical ways and directions medical anthropological work can be used and made available outside academia, spark collaboration with other professionals, and provide the foundation for a professional career.

The morning were set for paper presentations and discussions, and the afternoons were occupied by workshops from anthropologically trained academics and professionals currently working outside academia. 


Lilian Kennedy, University of Edinburgh (MAYS co-ordinator and SoMA representative)

Mari Lo Bosco, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon (MAYS co-ordinator)

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Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine, and Wellbeing

The University of Edinburgh and Durham University co-host a yearly Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine, and Wellbeing. This year we are holding this in Durham:

22nd and 23rd March, Durham University


Work in Progress Seminar 

Friday 24th February, 2017, University of Edinburgh

An event dedicated to short presentations of current Phd students' work in an informal setting among peers and staff. The second part of the afternoon was dedicated to an Msc/PhD workshop to allow for collaboration and support among early career researchers.

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