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Social Anthropology:


Siobhan Magee

Siobhan Magee
Dr Siobhan Magee
ERC Research Fellow
G.3 22a Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LN
Research Interests
Kinship and relatedness, Marriage, History and Memory, especially as explored through intergenerational relations, Gender and Sexuality, Material Culture, United States, Poland, Political and economic anthropology

Biographical statement

Siobhan Magee is a Research Fellow (2017-2020) on the European Research Council-funded project 'A Global Anthropology of Transforming Marriage' (AGATM, PI Professor Janet Carsten) and will be carrying out ethnographic research in the United States from summer 2017.

She completed her PhD on fur clothing and intergenerational relations in Poland at the University of Edinburgh (2013) and has since worked on a design anthropology project about secondhand clothing and 'the Internet of Things'   (Edinburgh, in collaboration with UCL and Oxfam UK), held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Edinburgh), and lectured at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands.

She is an Affiliated Scholar of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group at the University of Cambridge, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Virginia (2017-2018), and Co-Editor of Anthropology Matters Journal.



(Forthcoming) 'Drawing the adult child: US graphic memoir and the anthropologies of kinship and personhood'. Anthropology and Humanism.

(Forthcoming)  ‘‘To be one’s own boss’:  Exceptional entrepreneurs and products that sell themselves in urban Poland’. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology special issue ‘The Anthropology of Selling’.

2017           'Catholic in Kraków? Fur, the ethic of attribution, and when non-religious things conform to religious aesthetics'. World Art special issue ‘Aesthetics and Ethics: Anthropological Perspectives’. Vol. 7, issue 2, pages 307-327.

2016  ‘An “excess of the normal”: luxury and difference in Polish fur critique.’ Journal of Material Culture. Vol 21. 1ssue 3, pages 277 – 295.

2015  ‘Of love and fur: grandmothers, class, and inheritance in a southern Polish  city’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 21, issue 1, pages 66-85.

*Discussed on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, 25 March 2015.

*Featured in Dolores Koenig’s American Anthropologist review of 2015’s notable journal articles.

Book Chapters

‘Inheritance’ in H. Callan (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming)

‘Kinship: socio-cultural approaches: recent approaches’ in H. Callan (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming)

‘Relatedness’ in H. Callan (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming)

Book Reviews

2017   ‘Agnieszka Pasieka’s Hierarchy and Pluralism: Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland.’ Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 23, Issue 1, pages 213-214.

2015 ‘Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto, and Rachel Charlotte Smith (eds.) Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice’. Journal of Design History Vol. 28, Issue 4, pages 453-455.

2015 ‘Yuson Jung, Jakob A. Klein, and Melissa L. Caldwell (eds.) Ethical Eating in the Postsocialist and Socialist World’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 21, Issue 3, pages 691–692.

2015  ‘Tansy E. Hoskins’ Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’. Allegra Laboratory. Published online 11/02/15.

2015 ‘Jessica Choate Robbins’ “Personhood in Places: Aging, Memory, and  Relatedness in Postsocialist Poland”’. Dissertation Reviews, No. 11135.

2014 ‘Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Marcus Foth and Greg Hearn's Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions’. The LSE Review of Books. Published online 18/11/14.

2014 ‘Kaori O’Connor’s The English Breakfast: The Biography of a National Meal. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 20, issue 4, pages 794–795.

2014  ‘Karen Tranberg Hansen and D. Soyini Madison (eds.) African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 20, issue 4, pages 786­–787.

2014   ‘Helen Jefferson Lenskyj’s Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics: No More Rainbows’. The LSE Review of Books. Published online 14/10/14. *Reposted on the Democratic Audit Blog 26/10/14,

2013  ‘Erica L. Tucker’s Remembering Occupied Warsaw, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 19, issue 2, pages 421–422.

Selected Conference Proceedings from Design Anthropology Projects

2015  Magee, S. F. Tynan-O’Mahony, M. De Jode, M. Hartswood, E. Laurier, C. Speed. ‘The Haggle-O-Tron: Re-inventing Economic Transactions in Secondhand Retail’. Proceedings of Creativity and Cognition 2015: Computers, Art, Data.

2014 Speed, C, Magee, S, Maxwell, D & Hartswood, M, 'Exploring incentivisation in design'. NordiCHI '14 Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. ACM Association for Computing Machinery, pages. 845-848.