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Social Anthropology:


Dr Roslyn Malcolm

Dr Roslyn Malcolm
Dr Roslyn Malcolm
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
Autism, Biomedical knowledge(s), practices and technologies, Embodiment, Empathy, Intersubjectivity, Human-animal relationships, Science and technology studies, History of science and medicine, Sociality, sensorium, Phenomenology, Interdisciplinary Research, Energy, Kinship and relatedness, Sympathy, Materiality and matter

Thesis Title

"Rhythms That Matter: The Kinetic Melodies and Matterings of Autism and Equine Therapy in the UK".


Dr Stefan Ecks

Dr Martyn Pickersgill


Malcolm, R. (2018). '“We all share the same system”: bioelectrical beings and currents of communication'. In Our Lives with Electric Things. Fieldsights:  Theorizing the Contemporary series. Cultural Anthropology [online]. 

Malcolm, R., Ecks, S. & Pickersgill, M. (2018) "It Just Opens Up Their World": Autism, Empathy, and the Therapeutic Effects of Equine Interactions. Anthropology & Medicine, 25, 2: 220-234.

Malcolm, R. (2017) Book Review. 'Worlds of Autism: Across the Spectrum of Neurological Difference'. New Genetics and Society, 36, 2: 193-195.

Conferences and Workshops

Conference Convener

Autism, Anthropology and Lived Experience: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. Co-convener of a one-day symposium bringing together collaborators from across the autism community, care practice sector, and the academy.  EdCMA event in collaboration with Scottish Autism, University of Edinburgh, 22nd March 2018.


"The horses, they just know": the sensory correspondence of horses and humans in equine therapy practice. At Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology. Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) annual conference 2018, University of Oxford, 18-21 September 2018.

Stillness in motion, motion in stillness: the inversions of movement and repose in horseback therapy for people on the autism spectrum. At Staying, Moving, Settling. European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) Biennial Conference, Stockholm University, 14-17th August 2018. 

'“Because of the oxytocin being produced”: The indeterminate fixity and flow of oxytocin as a substance of kinship.  Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine and Well-being, April 2018, University of Edinburgh.

Foundations, Applications and Future Directions, opening paper, co-presented by Joe Long, Research Manager at Scottish Autism. Autism, Anthropology and Lived Experience: An Interdisciplinary Symposium. EdCMA event in collaboration with Scottish Autism, University of Edinburgh, 22nd March 2018.

"Tuning in and tuning out": From deep pressure to "finding the right pressure" in equine therapy. May 2017, The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Social Science Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh.

"Horses are the pinnacle of sensory input": treating sensory processing disorder with horse-based "sensory work" at the Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine, and Well-being, March  2017, Durham University (prize for best paper).

The horses, they just know”: the enacted practices of equine therapy as a treatment for autism spectrum disorders at  Nonhuman Animals and Posthuman Futures, British Sociological Association Graduate Symposium, July 2015, Warwick University. 

Grants and Awards

2016 The Gilchrist Educational Trust - Fieldwork Grant
2016 Principal's Go Abroad Fund - Research Project Grant 
2014 & 2016 The JTH Charitable Trust - Educational Grant
2014 - 2018  ESRC Doctoral Studentship  1 + 3

Teaching & Supervising

2018/19 - Tutor, Introduction to Qualitative Methods, Master of Public Health (online)

2018/19 - Dissertation Supervisor, Master of Public Health (online)

2017/18 - Dissertation Marker, Master of Public Health

2018        - Health, Ethics and Society, The Usher Institute, Medical School

2015       - Social Anthropology 1B, School of Social and Political Sciences