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Culture, the Body, and Autonomy Round Table Discussion


The Anthropological Association of Ireland, and the Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University, Maynooth

Round table Discussion

Culture, the Body, and Autonomy


21st of April, 2018 from 6pm-7pm

MUSSI Seminar Room on the second floor of the IONTAS, North Campus, Maynooth University

This event is open to the public.

Chaired by Dr Máire Ní Mhórdha


Discussants: Dr Thomas Strong, Dr Chandana Mathur and Dr Sinead Kennedy



Thomas Strong lectures in the department of anthropology at Maynooth University. His publications include work on kinship, social theory, and the body.  His most recent research and writing focus on ideas and actions associated with witchcraft in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.  He has been an AIDS activist and advocate since the early 1990s.

Chandana Mathur has been teaching at the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University since 2003. She is the current Chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA). Drawing on the perspectives of anthropological political economy, her published work focuses on the contemporary United States, South Asia and the South Asian diaspora.

Sinéad Kennedy teaches in the Department of English at Maynooth University. She is an activist and campaigner on wide range of social issues. She has written widely on abortion and cultural politics in Ireland and is co-editor of The Abortion Papers Ireland: Volume 2 (2015). She is a co-founder and the Secretary of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment and an Executive member of Together For Yes, the national civil society campaign to remove the 8th Amendment. 


Máire Ní Mhórdha teaches in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Maynooth University. She holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of St Andrews. Her research interests include the anthropology of development, gender, and the body, with particular focus on traditional body modification practices such as female genital cutting. Her doctoral thesis was a critical ethnography of an American human rights NGO in West Africa. 


News Flash

 Anthropology at Queens gains international support

International Organisations have come together in a show of support for continuing Anthropology at Queens University Belfast. Links to each of the issued letters are avaiable below:


IUAES, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Open Letter to QUB


WCAA, World Council of Anthropological Associations Open Letter to QUB


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