MAAH - Medical Anthropology At Home

MAAH is a network of medical anthropologists who do research in their own culture and society. The network’s aim is to bring together medical anthropologists in order to discuss theoretical, methodological and practical issues in relation to health and culture.

The network was established in 1998 during the 1st Conference of Medical Anthropology at Home (Zeist, The Netherlands), on the initiative of the late Els van Dongen and Sjaak van der Geest, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Some contributions of this conference are published in Anthropology & Medicine 5/3, special issue ("Creating Distance"), Vol. 5/3, edited by Els van Dongen and Sylvie Fainzang.

The network meets approximately every two years to present and discuss recent work




  • Mette Bech RISOR (University of Copenhagen and UiT The Arctic University of Norway), scientific coordinator
  • Bernhard HADOLT (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Angel MARTINEZ-HERNAEZ (University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain)
  • Ivo QUARANTA (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Hubert WIERZIŃSKI (University of Warsaw)







Upcoming conferences

The 12th Conference will take place in Poland, probably in autumn 2023. However, due to the war in Ukraine and Poland’s effort to help the increasing number of refugees, we await the situation and will announce later when the conference will be held and the theme of the conference.

Previous conferences

  • The 2nd conference was in Tarragona, Spain in 2001. The themes were "The contribution of medical anthropology to anthropology” and “Liturgies and rituals in medicine".

  • The 3rd conference was held in Perugia (Italy) in 2003, on the theme: "Medical Anthropology, Welfare State and Political Engagement".

  • The 4th conference took place in Seili (Finland) in 2006, on the theme: "Coming Home: From biomedicine to everyday health issues".

  • The 5th conference in Sandbjerg (Denmark) in 2008, was on the theme: "Medical anthropology, health care systems and the client society. Investigating interactions of practice, power and science".

  • The 6th conference took place in Royaumont Abbaye (France) in 2010, on the theme: "Transformations of the body and social uses of symptoms between local and global".

  • The 7th in Driebergen (Netherlands) in 2012, was on "New Socialities and Subjectivities in Health Care in the 21st Century".

  • The 8th Conference took place in 2014 in Bologna-Bertinoro (Italy), on the theme: "Assemblages, transformations and the politics of care".

  • The 9th Conference took place in Malangen Brygger, near Tromsø (Norway) in June 2016. The theme was: "Configurations of diagnostic processes, practices and evidence".

  • The 10th Conference took place in Poblet (Spain) in October 2018. The theme was: “Subjectivities and afflictions: agency, health systems and the politics of/for life”.

  • The 11th Conference took place in Austria in October 2021 (from October 7 to October 10). The theme was: “Transfigurations of Uncertainty in Health and Medicine”.













  • Medical Anthropology at Home: creating distance, E. van Dongen & S. Fainzang eds, Anthropology and Medicine, Vol 5, n°3, 1998.

  • Health, State and Politics ("Medical Anthropology, Welfare State and Political Engagement" 1), Fainzang S., Schirripa P., Comelles J.M., Van Dongen E. (eds), Roma, Argo, 2009.
  • Care and Management of Illness and Distress ("Medical Anthropology, Welfare State and Political Engagement" 2), Schirripa P., Fainzang S., Van Dongen E., Comelles J.M. (eds), Roma, Argo, 2009.

  • The Taste for Knowledge: Medical Anthropology Facing Medical Realities, Fainzang S., Hem H.E, BechRisor M. (eds), Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 20

  • Of Bodies and Symptoms. Anthropological Perspectives on their Social and Medical Treatment. Fainzang S., Haxaire C. (eds), Tarragona: Publications URV, 2011; in free access on:

  • Emerging Socialities in 21st Century Health Care, Hadolt B., Hardon A. (eds), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017.

  • Diagnostic Fluidity: Working with Uncertainty and Mutability, N. Nissen, M. Bech Risor eds, Tarragona: URV Publicacions, 2018; in free access on:

  • Assemblages, Transformations, and the Politics of Care, Quaranta I., Minelli M., Fortin S.(eds), Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2018.

  • Subjectivities and Afflictions in Medical Anthropology. Martínez-Hernáez, Angel & Masana, Lina (eds), Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022







Mette Bech Risor
Scientific coordinator


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