Welcome to the Association for Anthropology and Medicine (AGEM)

The AGEM is a non-profit association founded in 1970 with the aim of promoting cooperation between medicine, the related natural sciences and the historical, cultural and social sciences. The AGEM concentrates on three tasks: the publication of the journal Curare, the organization of scientific conferences and the collection and provision of literature and information.

This page is currently under construction.


  • AGEM-Jahrestagung – “Ästhetiken des Heilens – Aesthetics of Healing” in Münster
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    „Ästhetiken des Heilens: Arbeit mit den Sinnen im therapeutischen Kontext“
    32. Fachtagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ethnologie und Medizin (AGEM) in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Ethnologie der WWU Münster 24.-26.05.2019 in Münster (NRW) /Deutschland

    “Aesthetics of Healing: Working with the Senses in Therapeutic Contexts”
    32nd Annual Conference of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ethnologie und Medizin e.V. (AGEM) in Cooperation with the Institute of Ethnology of the University of Münster
    May 24-26, 2019 in Münster (Westfalen) / Germany

    Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2019



    Call for Papers deutsch
    Call for Papers englisch


    Cora Bender (U Siegen), Helmar Kurz (U Münster), Ehler Voss (U Siegen)

    Helmar Kurz: helmar.kurz@wwu.de


  • Conference – “Preparing for Physicians. The ambivalences of empowerment” in Siegen
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    Die AGEM organisiert zusammen mit dem Sonderforschungsbereich Medien der Kooperation an der Universität Siegen die Tagung “Preparing for Physicians.The ambivalences of empowerment”. Die Tagung findet vom 24.-26. Juni 2019 an der Universität Siegen statt. Ein Call for Papers folgt in Kürze.




    Ehler Voss: ehler.voss@uni-siegen.de

Selected other conferences and events

We will soon be presenting selected conferences an other events from the interdisciplinary field of Anthropology & Medicine. For this purpose we are still looking for volunteers. Please send an email to info@agem.de

Curare. Journal of Medical Anthropology

The AGEM has been publishing the journal Curare since 1978. It is bilingual (German & English) and the articles are peer-reviewed. Until 2007 it had the subtitle Journal of Medical Anthropology and Transcultural Psychiatry, since 2008 the subtitle of Curare has been Journal of Medical Anthropology. There are currently 4 issues per year.