As this is the initial post on Somatosphere, I wanted to write a little about the weblog and our intended focus. The core of this blog is medical anthropology – the majority of the authors are anthropologists who work on medical topics; however, we’re particularly interested in the borders between anthropology and a number of neighboring disciplines: namely, science and technology studies (STS), cultural psychiatry and bioethics. Ultimately the topics which we cover will be up to the individual authors, and I hope that as we develop this weblog as a collaborative project, it will gain its own identity as a space for creative thinking and intellectually stimulating discussion.
My own vantage point on this interdisciplinary nexus is McGill University, where I am currently a postdoc dividing my time between the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and the Department of Social Studies of Medicine. Both of these are fairly unique interdisciplinary units in which foster some very interesting research and discussions between anthropologists and psychiatrists, neuroscientists, sociologists and historians of science. Hopefully I’ll write about this a bit more in the future.
However, I want to emphasize that this weblog is not my soapbox, but a collective enterprise which will hopefully become a space for intellectual engagement and conversation. In any case, I look forward to developing this site along with my colleagues. If you have any suggestions or are interested in becoming a contributor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.