A Healthy Society is one of the main pillars of the Leiden Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences’ Strategic Plan. Natashe Lemos Dekker showed her research project in which she focusses on how palliative care is provided and accessed in Brazil during the Healthy Society Event on 9 June 2022.
Friday 10 June 2022 Annemarie Samuels will give a guest lecture on Medical Anthropology: Culture, Care & Illness. In this Lecture in the Guest Lecture Series of the International Center of Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Annemarie Samuels will speak about Medical Anthropology. She will discuss how medical anthropologists study the ways in which people understand illness, care and the body; approach medicine as a cultural practice; and develop critical theory about the unequal distribution of health.
In the symposium ‘For the time being – temporality, ethics, aging: Conversations between anthropology, art and philosophy’ the main question is: How do temporal perspectives on lived time and time left change with old age and what are the roles of inter-and intra-generational dynamics in elderly’s perspectives on past, present and future life challenges and horizons? In her presentation, Natashe Lemos Dekker shed light on the divergent temporalities that are at play in requesting euthanasia with dementia in the Netherlands. Particularly, she addresses the use of written statements that describe the wish for euthanasia of the person with dementia as a tool to resolve temporal dissonances and transfer responsibility to family members.
In the opinion article ‘Maak praten over de dood niet tot een morele plicht’ (Don’t turn talking about death into a moral obligation) Annemarie Samuels argues together with Liesbeth van Vliet, Marike de Meij and Sander de Hosson that it is important to have conversations about death and dying but that we need to be careful not to make talking about death a moral obligation. The article (in Dutch) is published in the Dutch newspaper Trouw on 25 March 2022.
Natashe Lemos Dekker has been awarded the Distinguished Women Scientists Fund 2021. This travel grant for female postdocs allows her to spend a period as a visiting fellow at the UCLA Department of Anthropology in the United States. Lemos Dekker will participate in the group ‘Mind, Medicine, and Culture’, which advocates a critical perspective on health and illness that would greatly benefit Natashe’s own research on end-of-life care. Lemos Dekker is one of the six 6 laureates who will receive the DWSF travel grant 2021-2022.
On Wednesday 23 March 2022, Hanum Atikasari was the speaker during the Raboan Discussion Forum on Navigating end-of-life care: an ethnography of women with reproductive and breast cancer in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event was organized by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She outlined her research plans and discussed ethical dilemmas in conducting end-of-life research.
Wednesday 9 February 2022 Annemarie Samuels and Liesbeth van Vliet co-organised a public debate night in De Balie called ‘I’m afraid it’s rather bad news’. During this event doctors, patients and other medical experts discussed the future of the bad news conversation. The evening has been recorded and can be now be viewed online.
Wednesday 9 February 2022, Anthony Back, Anne Rios, Jonathan Koffman, Marike de Meij and Evelien van Manten-Horst will discuss the future of the bad news conversation during the program ‘I’m afraid it’s rather bad news’ in De Balie in Amsterdam. What do patients and their families need from their doctors? Are medical professionals properly equipped to deal with this difficult task? The programme is made in collaboration with Dr. Liesbeth van Vliet and Dr. Annemarie Samuels.
On the 17th of November the GPC team had a very inspiring brainstorm about using audio-visual methods in ethnographic research on care. Many thanks to Dr. Federico de Musso for sharing with us a range of ideas on photography, drawing, filming, the role of pictures in research collaboration, and ethics of audiovisual methods and representation. As we prepare for fieldwork, it is very exciting to explore a whole range of possible methods for studying globalizing palliative care.
Tuesday 16 November 2021 Annemarie Samuels lectures on End of Life Care in the Research Seminar ‘Silence and Care at the End of Life: Multivocality at the Edges of Narrative Possibility’ at the Queen’s University Belfast. Focussing on the ways in which individuals practice end-of-life care, Annemarie Samuels explores how multiple modes of articulation and non-articulation of death and dying affect caregiving interactions within a particular socio-historical situation. This lecture will be held online and participation is free after registration.