Research Partners

Ciara Kierans (research partner to the sub-project “Waiting for a liver”) is an anthropologist whose research focuses on ethnographic studies of medical practice and the biopolitical implications of new medical technologies, in particular organ transplantation and the production of suffering, poverty, inequality and identity. She has conducted ethnographic research: in Ireland focusing on Embodiment, Organ Recipiency and the Moral Discourses of Gift-Giving; in the UK on Organ Donation, Institutional Practice and the Production of Race and Genetic Identities; and in Mexico on Organ Transplantation: the role of state, market and medicine in the production of catastrophic poverty, health inequalities and social suffering. In addition, she has conducted research critically focusing on public health and inequality and medical diagnostic practice, as well as writing on the broader social and cultural contributions to medicine, science and technology. Before coming to the University of Liverpool, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University, and an Associate Lecturer with the Department of Anthropology at the National University, Maynooth, Ireland. She supervises doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with research projects on the biopolitics of medical care and technology in Mexico and Peru as well as UK-based projects critically examining the ‘new public health’ and focused on social inequalities. read more

Michele Rivkin-Fish (research partner to the sub-project “Making a living by making life”) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Women’s Health in Post-Soviet Russia: The Politics of Intervention (2005) and a co-editor of Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice: New Conversations Across the Disciplines (forthcoming, 2016). Her work addresses reproductive politics in the aftermath of socialism; challenges of integrating feminism and anthropology; and the links between collective memory, notions of justice, and social politics of health and well-being in Russia and the US. Currently, she is working on a book examining the history of abortion and contraceptive politics from the last decades of the Soviet Union to the present, “Unmaking Russia’s Abortion Culture: Family Planning, Family Values, and the Search for a Liberal Biopolitics.” read more

Jelena Tošić is a lecturer and researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bern and at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at University of Vienna. Her research interests include border studies, (forced) migration studies, temporality/history, diversity and multiculturalism, and the anthropology of morality/justice/human rights in Europe, especially in the Balkans and the Mediterranean. Her current project explores legacies and patterns of mobility and sociocultural diversity in the Albanian-Montenegrin borderland. She has recently published: ‘City of the “Calm”. Vernacularized Mobility and Genealogies of Urbanity in SEE’, in Jelena Tosic and Sabine Strasser, Localizing Moralities: Power and Temporality in SEE (Special Section), Southeastern Europe and Black Sea Studies 2015/3: 391-408 and ‘Reimagining the Balkans. Diversity Beyond and “Straight Through” the Ethno-National’, in: Steven Vertovec (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Diversity Studies, Routledge 2015: 151-158. She is co-editor of „Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past (Palgrave Macmillan, (Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship Seriesforthcoming 2016, with Monika Palmberger). read more


Artistic Collaboration

Sarah Hildebrand: 1978 in Genf, in der Schweiz geboren, wurde ich bei der Haute Ecole d’art et de design (HEAD) in Genf und bei der Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfbK) in Hamburg ausgebildet. Ich lebe mit zwei Kulturen: die schweizerische durch meine Herkunft, und auch die deutsche: Derzeit wohne und arbeite ich in Hamburg. Als mehrsprachige Künstlerin interessierte ich mich schon immer für die Idee der Identität. In meinen Projekten, ob Fotografien, Zeichnungen oder Texten, versuche ich die sichtbaren oder verborgenen Umstände zu ergründen, die eine Person definieren, sie einzigartig und zum Teil einer Gruppe machen. Ich verstehe mich als Forscher-Sammlerin und definiere meine künstlerische Arbeit nicht durch ein Medium, sondern durch meine Einstellung und meine Sicht auf die Welt.