Board

The AGEM Executive Committee consists of seven natural persons who have full or honorary membership. It is composed of the elected chairman, the second chairman, the secretary and the treasurer as well as three additional ordinary or honorary members as assessors, who are co-opted by the elected four board members. According to the statutes, at least one physician and one anthropologist must be members of the Board. For the period 2018-2020 the Board is composed as follows:

Ehler Voss, chairman (since 2016)

Ehler Voss studied anthropology, philosophy and German language and literature studies in Marburg and Leipzig. He received his PhD at the University of Leipzig in 2010 with an ethnography on “Mediumistic Healing in Germany”. He then did research at the University of Siegen on the immanentization of spiritual effects within the framework of the DFG research network “Social Innovation through the Nonhegemonic Production of Knowledge ” and spent a year as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. He works as Scientific Coordinator of the Collaborative Research Center “Media of Cooperation” at the University of Siegen. Since 2018 he has been the editor of the Curare.

Contact: ehler.voss@uni-siegen.de

Cora Bender, 2. chairwoman (since 2018)

Cora Bender, Dr. phil., ist Ethnologin und spezialisiert auf Medien, Medical Anthropology, Religion und das indigene Nordamerika. Ihre Dissertation über indigene Medien und Wissenskultur des amerikanischen Mittelwestens wurde mit dem Frobeniuspreisfür exzellente ethnographische Forschung ausgezeichnet und 2011 unter dem Titel “Die Entdeckung der indigenen Moderne” beim Transcript-Verlag veröffentlicht. Sie war wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Frankfurter DFG-Forschungskolleg “Wissenskultur und gesellschaftlicher Wandel” sowie am Institut für Ethnologie und Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Bremen. Als Vertretungs- bzw. Gastprofessorin hat sie an der University ofTexas (Austin), am Heidelberger Exzellenzcluster “Asia andEurope in a Global Context”, an der Universität Wien und an der LMU München gelehrt. Derzeit arbeitet sie am Graduiertenkolleg “LocatingMedia” der Universität Siegen. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Kulte der Regeneration und Revitalisierung / Schnittstellen zwischen Medien, Religion und Medizin; Digital Health; Methoden, Praxis und Praxistheorie in der Medical Anthropology; indigene Gesundheit; Ernährung und Wellbeing/ Politische Souveränität; indigene Medien und Aktivismus / Verflechtungsgeschichte von Ethnologie und Medienwissenschaft; Kritische Area Studies; Nordamerika.

Contact: cora.bender@uni-siegen.de

Clemens Eisenmann, secretary (since 2018)

Clemens Eisenmann, Dr. phil., born 1981, works at the University of Konstanz in area of General and Cultural Sociology and at the collaborative research centre “Media of Cooperation” (SFB-1187) at the University of Siegen. In his dissertation at the “Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology” he explored spirituality in contemporary yoga as a social practice. He studied Sociology, Philosophy, and Psychology at the University of Augsburg. At Bielefeld University he taught social theory and qualitative methods. His research interests further include doctor-patient interaction, psychotherapy, complementary and alternative medicine as well as childhood and media studies. He was co-opted to the AGEM board in 2016.

Contact: clemens.eisenmann@uni-siegen.de

Helmar Kurz, treasurer (since 2018)

Helmar Kurz M.A. studied Social Anthropology, Religious Sciences and Archaeology from 2003 to 2009 at the University of Muenster, Germany. Since 2011 he is lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology in Muenster focusing Anthropology of the Body & the Senses, Medical & Religious Anthropology, Ritual Theory and Trans/Cultural Psychiatry. Since 2015 he is Research Fellow of Prof. Dr. Helene Basu within the DFG-funded research project “Diversification of Mental Health – Therapeutic Spaces of Brazilian Spiritism“. Since 2016, he is part of the executive committee of AGEM and since 2018 of the editing board of Curare. In 2019, he conceptualized, organized and realized the International Conference on „Aesthetics of Healing: Working with the Senses in Therapeutic Contexts“ as a cooperation between AGEM and the Institute for Social Anthropology in Muenster, Germany.

Contact: hkurz_01@uni-muenster.de

Co-opted board members

Stefan Reinsch

Stefan Reinsch, Dr. med., M.A. in Social Anthropology, is postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for the History of Medicine & Science Studies, University of Lübeck, Germany. As part of an interdisciplinary team, he currently investigates the “Meanings and Practices of Non-Invasive Prenatal Genetic Diagnostics in Germany and Israel – PreGGI” http://www.imgwf.uni-luebeck.de/preggi.html. From 2015-2018 he worked as physician-researcher at the Department of Pediatrics at Charité – University Medical Centre, Berlin. From 2013-2015 he was postdoctoral researcher at the CERMES3 in Paris, where he investigated the entanglements of clinical and scientific work in the negotiations around the diagnosis of „at-risk mental state“ in french and germanspeaking psychiatry.

Contact: reinsch@imgwf.uni-luebeck.de

Annika Strauss

Annika Strauss  M. A. ist seit September 2012 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Ethnologie der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Sie arbeitet zurzeit an der Fertigstellung ihrer Dissertation zu dem Thema „Psychiatric Constructions of Reality – Narratives from Mental Hospitals in Mumbai, India“. Ihre Interessengebiete umfassen die Sozialanthropologie der Psychiatrie, Geschlechterforschung, Organisationsanthropologie, methodologische Selbst-Reflexion in der Feldforschung sowie das Lernen und Lehren in der Sozialanthropologie.

Contact: annika.strauss@uni-muenster.de

Mirko Uhlig

Mirko Uhlig, Assistant Professor for Cultural Anthropology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Research interests: contemporary shamanism and spirituality in everyday life, reenactment, legal and medical anthropology, methods of ethnography.

Contact: uhlig@uni-mainz.de