Janice Boddy

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Professor Janice Boddy conducting ethnographic field research in Sudan

Janice Boddy, Ph.D (University of British Columbia, 1982), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)
Professor, St. George Campus
(416) 978-1023
Office: AP 232

Research Keywords: Social cultural anthropology, gender, embodiment, symbolism, religion, medical anthropology, colonialism

Research Region: Sudan, Africa, Middle East

Recent Publications

Cover of A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion2016   Engendering change: New information technologies and the dynamics of gender in northern Sudan. In Networks of Knowledge Production in Sudan: Identities, Mobilities, and Technologies, Sondra Hale and Gada Kadoda, eds., Lexington, 2016. Pp. 187-200).

2016  The normal and the aberrant in female genital cutting: shifting paradigms. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6(2): 41-69.

2014    Davi Kopenawa’s Letter to the World. HAU Book symposium, Kopenawa, Davi, and Bruce Albert 2013, The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman. Trans.
Nicholas Elliott & Alison Dundy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory 4(2): 329‐333. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau4.2

2013   (Ed. with Michael Lambek). A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion. Wiley-Blackwell.

2013     Under the Microscope. Review of Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950. Anthropology of this Century 8: online.

2011  Bodies under Colonialism. In Blackwell Companion  to the Anthropology of the Body. F. Mascia-Lees,  ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

2010  The Work of Zar: Women  and Spirit  Possession in Northern Sudan. In The Problem of Ritual Efficacy. W. Sax, J. Quack, & ]. Weinhild,  eds. New York: Oxford University Press.  Pp. 113-130.

2009  Alliance and Endogamy in Northern Sudan. Changing Identifications and Alliances in North East Africa, Vol In Sudan, Uganda, and the Ethiopia­ Sudan  Borderlands. G. Schlee & E Watson eds. Oxford: Berghahn Books. Pp. 103-116.

2009   Veiled Christians and  Embattled Missionaries in Colonial Sudan. Transnational Transcendence: Religion, History, and Globalization, Thomas Csordas, ed., Berkeley:  University of California  Press. Pp 97-119.

2008  Clash of Selves: Gender, Personhood, and Human Rights Discourse in Colonial Sudan.  Canadian Journal of African Studies 41(3): 402-26.

2008   Legislating against Culture: Attempts to End Pharaonic Circumcision in Colonial Sudan, 1937-1949. Suomen Antropologi, Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 33 (1): 17-32.

2007   Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press

2007   Remembering Amal: On Birth and the British in Northern Sudan, in Beyond the Body Proper. Margaret Lock & Judith Farquhar, eds. Durham NC: Duke University Press, pp. 315-329 (Abridged reprint of 1998b).

2007   Allianz und Endogamie im Nordsudan: Implikationen für Identitätsbildung, in Freundschaft und Verwandschaft: Zur Unterscheidung und Verflechtung zweier Beziehungssysteme.  Johannes F.K. Schmidt, Martine Guichard, Peter Schuster, Fritz Trillmich, Hg. Konstanz: UVK Verlagegesellschaft mbH, pp. 291-312.

2007    Gender Crusades:  The Female Circumcision Controversy in Cultural Perspective.  In Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context. Ylva Hernlund and Bettina Shell-Duncan, eds.  Rutgers: Rutgers University Press, pp. 46-66.

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