Dr Elizabeth Rahman

ESRC GCRF Fellow

Elizabeth is a social and medical anthropologist and specializes in hands-on, indigenous and applied techniques that cultivate mindfulness in diverse environmental and socio-political settings, with a special focus on Amazonia and rural Spain (Canary Islands). 

Her doctoral research ‘Made by Artful Practice: Reproduction, Health and the Perinatal Period among Xié River Dwellers of North-Western Brazil’ (2014) examined the repertoire of hands-on perinatal techniques used by the Warekena of tropical Brazil (north-western Amazonia) and how these are used to make particular types of mindful and healthy people adept at living in such an environment.

Her publications include the edited volume, The Master Plant: tobacco in lowland south America (Bloomsbury 2015); the Special Issue of the Journal of Lowland South America SALSA on The Alchemical Person (2016), and a book chapter in Reproductive Cultures: Kinship, Social Practice and Inter-Generational Transmission (eds, S. Pooley and K. Qureshi) Oxford: Berghahn Books. She has also published a Portuguese language Handbook on Warekena Health for the University of Manaus, Brazil. 

Elizabeth is currently interested in applying biosocial anthropological research to promote wellbeing and sustainability – as part of the curriculum and through outdoor pedagogic approaches – in primary, secondary and tertiary education.

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  • May 2016: Plants and Wellbeing: Ethnobotany meets Medical Anthropology; Course Tutor (intensive weekend course), Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford
  • March 2016: Introduction to Social Anthropology; Course Tutor (intensive weekend course), Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford
  • July 2015: Medical Anthropology: Cross-cultural perspectives on health and healing; Course Tutor (OUSSA - summer school), Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford
  • March 2015: Health, Sickness and Healing: Perspectives from Medical Anthropology; Course Tutor (intensive weekend course), Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford

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Journal articles and special issues

Rahman, Elizabeth (2016) 'Weaning and the rendering of substances nourishing: food shamanism amongst the Warekena of northwestern Brazil', ‘Infant Feeding: Medicine, the State and Body Techniques’: Special Issue of Women's Studies International Forum (K Qureshi, E Rahman eds)
Rahman, Elizabeth (with K Qureshi) (2016) 'Introduction', ‘Infant Feeding: Medicine, the State and Body Techniques’: Special Issue of Women's Studies International Forum (K Qureshi, E Rahman eds)
Rahman, Elizabeth (with J Echverri) (2015) 'Introduction', 'The Alchemical Person': Special Issue of TIPITI, Journal for the Society of Anthropology of Lowland South America (E Rahman, J Echverri eds) 13 (2) 1-10
Rahman, Elizabeth (with J Echverri) (2015) 'Hydrocentric Infants and Their Sedimentation: Artfully Binding the Bodily Soul among Xié River Dwellers of Northwestern Amazonia', 'The Alchemical Person': Special Issue of TIPITI, Journal for the Society of Anthropology of Lowland South America (E Rahman, J Echverri eds) 13 (2) 44-59

Chapters

Rahman, Elizabeth (2016) 'Intergenerational Mythscapes and Infant Care in Northwestern Amazonia'. In K Qureshi, S Pooley (eds) Parenthood Between Generations Transforming Reproductive Cultures , Oxford: Berghahn Books
Rahman, Elizabeth (with A Russell) (eds) (2015) 'Introduction'. Master Plant: Tobacco in Lowland South America , London: Bloomsbury Press
Rahman, Elizabeth (2015) 'Tobacco and Water: Everyday Blessing'. In E Rahman, A Russell (eds) Master Plant: Tobacco in Lowland South America , London: Bloomsbury Press
08 January, 2017
ODID welcomes new ESRC Global Challenges fellow Elizabeth Rahman
Research interests:

Wellbeing; health; climate and the environment; plant and animal interactions and applications; sustainability; mindfulness; perinatal care; education; ethnography; indigenous Brazil; Amerindia; South America; rural Spain.