Emilia Sanabria

Emilia Sanabria holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and was lecturer at ENS Lyon from 2011 to 2018, before joining the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris) in 2018. Her research focuses on the anthropology of the body, pharmaceutical practices, drugs and addiction, nutrition, and practices of knowledge (and ignorance) in public health. Her book ›Plastic Bodies: Sex hormones and menstrual suppression in Brazil‹ (Duke University Press, 2016) provides an ethnography of hormonal contraceptives in Brazil and offers an analysis of pharmaceuticals as objects of knowledge and circulation. Sanabria is currently principal investigator of a research project entitled ›Healing Encounters‹, which studies the striking expansion and prolific reinventions of healing practices that make use of the hallucinogenic Amazonian herbal brew ayahuasca.


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