Secrets, Sexuality and Reproductive Health
Open guest lecture by Anita Hardon, Professor of Health and Care and director of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), both at the University of Amsterdam.
Anita Hardon with colleagues spearheaded the anthropological study of pharmaceuticals, culminating in an article in the Annual Review of Anthropology (1996) and the seminal book The Social Lives of Medicines (2002). These publications laid the groundwork for the subsequent anthropological study of pharmaceuticals. Her work also includes multi-level and multi-sited ethnographies on immunization, new sexual and reproductive technologies and AIDS medicines. In 2004, she developed the ‘AIDS Medicines in Resource Poor Settings’ research program. Her work has further had an impact on the field of global health through the development of innovative research frameworks and methodologies. Applied Health Research: Anthropology of Health and Health Care (2001) is now used in numerous teaching centres, and the Manual How to investigate the use of drug use by consumers (WHO 2004), has been used in over 35 countries worldwide.
In 2012 she was awarded an ERC grant for her current multi-sited ‘Chemical Youth’ project. This comparative ethnography aims to understand what chemicals and pharmaceutical substances ‘do’ for youths.Under her leadership, the Health, Care and the Body research program at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) has become known as the European leader in medical anthropology and global health. Between 2001 and 2014 Anita Hardon has been the Scientific Director of the AISSR, where she built on the institute’s traditions of scholarship to generate new internationally recognized cross-disciplinary synergies. The AISSR employs 200 researchers and was recognized in 2011 and 2013 by Times Higher Education as the leading centre for the social sciences in continental Europe.