Our Project Team

Annemarie Samuels

Principal Investigator

Annemarie Samuels is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development at Leiden University. She is the Principal Investigator of the Globalizing Palliative Care? research project. In her research projects, Annemarie centralizes a first-person perspective on the remaking of lifeworlds in the face of extreme hardship. Her work on disaster, HIV/AIDS, and end-of-life care explores how people make and remake relations with the world and others through narratives and silences and how they navigate ethical demands in such difficult circumstances. Thereby, it illuminates the ways in which people subjectively engage with the social and political forces that shape their lives in times of crisis. Currently focusing on the global mobility of palliative care discourses, policies and practices, she asks how such models are translated across cultural contexts and how local practices and experiences of end-of-life care shape this process

Natashe Lemos Dekker

Postdoctoral researcher

Natashe Lemos Dekker is an anthropologist and works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Globalizing Palliative Care? project. Within the project, Natashe focuses on end-of-life and palliative care in a context of rapid aging in Brazil. Asking how care for the dying is provided and accessed both in hospital and home settings, she aims to understand the experiences of elderly people of living toward the end of life. It contributes to the overarching aim of the project to offer a medical anthropological approach to the globalization and cultural mediation of palliative care practices, policies, and discourses. It does so by examining how local end-of-life care practices impact palliative care and how globally circulating discourses of palliative care are transforming local notions of death and dying; and how palliative care practices, policies and discourses are translated, adapted and reconstituted in the Brazilian socio-cultural context.