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Department of Anthropology

International Women's Day

Like thousands of organisations around the world, Durham University is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day. Since 1975, the United Nations has observed March 8th as a recognition and celebration of women across the world, but its origins date back to the labour movements in North America and Europe in the early 1900s. From its socialist roots, the day has grown into a global event that not only reminds us to reflect on persisting inequalities, but increasingly celebrates the achievements of women everywhere.

To mark International Women’s Day 2015, the Anthropology Department is shining the spotlight on our Women in Anthropology. Our Academics were asked to share their research and achievements with us and here are some of the amazing things being done by our women.

Head of the Anthropology Department from 2013-2016. Appointed as Lecturer in 1993, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002 and Professor in 2007. Broadly defined, her research examines sleep ecology, particularly of infants, young children and their parents. To find out more about Helen’s work click here.

Currently Director of Postgraduate Studies, she joined the Anthropology Department as a Lecturer in 1998. Promoted to Reader in 20012. She was promoted to Professor in 2017. She has been conducting fieldwork on health and well-being,mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, since the mid-1990s. To find out more about Kate’s work click here.

Yulia was appointed as a lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Study. She was prmoted to Reader in 2015. Her research interests include Anthropology of Jewish communities, the social aspects of science and biotechnology, and the relationship between science and religion. To find out more about Yulia’s work in the Department click here.

Sandra was appointed as a lecturer in 1992,having been hired to implement and lead the brand new programme in Human Sciences at Queen’s Campus when it commenced 23 years ago. Sandra was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006. To find out more about Sandra’s work click here.

Claudia initially came to the Department as a Teaching Fellow in 2009 and was successfully appointed to a lectureship in 2011. Claudia’s key research interests focus around the anthropology of science, technology and medicine, Female Gential Cutting and Male Circumcision. To find out more about Claudia’s work click here.

Tessa is currently the Director of Postgraduate Taught Degrees in the department. She was appointed as lecturer in 1994 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008. To find out more about Tessa’s work click here.

Elisabeth was appointed as a lecturer in Durham in 2006. She has worked on Gender and Political Anthropology in Greece. She is the author of For the Love of Women: gender, identity and same-sex relationship in a Greek provincial town and co-editor of United in Discontent: Local responses to Cosmopolitanism and Globalisation. Elisabeth is the deputy director of the Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi), co-ordinator of the MA in Sociocultural Anthropology and postgraduate admissions’ tutor. To find out more about Elisabeth's work click here.

Hired by Durham University as a Professor in 2006. She was previously a Royal Society University Research Fellow at UCL from 2001-6, and at Cambridge from 1995-2000. Her research encompasses reproductive ecology, evolutionary medicine and migrant health. To find out more about Gillian’s work click here

Fire is a Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology and was appointed in 2009. Fire’s research interest is in the environmental context of the evolution, behaviour and ecology of hominin species throughout the Pliocene and Pleistocene. To read more click here