Dr. Caroline Meier zu Biesen

Meier zu Biesen

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Research Associate (Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dilger)

Field of Activity

DFG project "Grenze als Symbol und Ursache kultureller Transformationsprozesse: der traditionelle Medizinsektor in Sansibar"

Address Landoltweg 9-11
Room 104
14195 Berlin
Email cmeierzubiesen@gmail.com

Current

Lecturer at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

2012 - 2013

Post-Doc,Center for Area Studies (CAS), Freie Universität Berlin

2011-2012

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Freie Universität Berlin


Education & Qualifications

2012

Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology, The Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin

2005

MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology [minor field of study: Sociology, Education], The Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin


Researcg grant and scholarships

2014

Research grantfor the project “Co-medicating diseases in Zanzibar among doctors and healers” (in cooperation with World Doctors)

2007 - 2010

Ph.D. Scholarship by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES), Bonn, Germany

2006 - 2007

Forschungsförderung von der Forschungskommission (FK), FU Berlin

2005

Ph.D. Research grant by the Research Commission (FK) Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2003

Scholarship for an internship in Africa, German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, Germany


Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS)
  • AG Medical Anthropology
  • Action for Natural Medicine (anamed)
  • Working group Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Working group Affective Epistemologies at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2014 The Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Lectureship and design of the graduate course “Ethnographies of East Africa”

2011 The Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Lectureship and design of the undergraduate courses “Qualitative Research Methods”
Lectureship and design of the undergraduate courses “Religion, Cosmology, and Ritual”

2009 Department for Development Policy, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Berlin, Germany

Lectureship and design of the graduate course “Developmental effects of fair trade”


Research Experience

08/2012

Zanzibar/Unguja (1 month)

11/2011 - 01/2012

Zanzibar/Unguja, Pemba (2 ½ months)

03/2010

Ethiopia/Arba Minch, Addis Abeba (1 month)

11/2009

Ethiopia/Sodo, Oromya, Addis Abeba (1 month)

06/2007 - 07/2008

Tanzania (14 months )

06/2006

Tanzania (1 month)

10/2005 - 02/2006

Tanzania (4 months)

05/2003 - 10/2003

Tanzania (4 months)

08/2002 - 10/2002

Thailand/Chiang Mai (3 months)

08/2001 - 10/2001

Gambia/Brikama, Senegal/Dakar (3 months)


Research areas

Regional:

  • East Africa (Tanzania, Zanzibar, Ethiopia)
  • Thailand

Thematic focus:

Religion, healing and ritual, critical medical anthropology, anthropology of development, social inequality and medicine, global health governance, anthropology of pharmaceuticals, medical pluralism, traditional medicine, bio-prospecting, Science and Technology Studies, HIV/AIDS, malaria

Publikationen

Meier zu Biesen, C. (in Print): Notions of efficacy around a Chinese medicinal plant: Artemisia annua – an innovative AIDS-therapy in Tanzania. In: Van Dijk, R., H. Dilger, M. Burchardt and T. Rasing (Hrsg.): Religion and AIDS-Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. London u.a.: Ashgate.

Meier zu Biesen, C. (under review): When pharmaceutical expectations fail and people act: ACTs, global health governance and grassroots-responses in Tanzania. Medical Anthropology.

Meier zu Biesen, C. (2013): Globale Epidemien – lokale Antworten. Eine Ethnographie der Heilpflanze Artemisia annua in Tansania. Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag.

Meier zu Biesen, C., H. Dilger and T. Nienstedt (2012): Bridging gaps in health care and healing: Traditional medicine and the biomedical health care sector in Zanzibar. Freie Universität Berlin. ISBN: 978-3-00-040272-2.

Meier zu Biesen, C. (2010): The rise to prominence of Artemisia annua L. – the transformation of a Chinese plant to a global pharmaceutical. African Sociological Review 14 (2): 24-46.


Vorträge

16.1.2014        “Global health governance and malaria: A case study from Tanzania”. AK Medical Anthropology, Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Freie Universität Berlin.

6.6.2013          “Medicine, power and mobility in global contexts”. Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Freie Universität Berlin.

16.1.2013        “The rise to prominence of Artemisia annua L.: Transformation of a Chinese plant to a global pharmaceutical.” Anthropology research group on Eastern Medicines and Religions, Oxford.

30.11.2012      “Notions of efficacy and innovative AIDS therapies in Tanzania”. 15. Jahreskonferenz der AG Medical Anthropology, Wien.

17.11.2012      “Crossing borders with(in) medicine: Dialectic efficacy-constructions of an antimalarial-plant”. Jahreskonferenz der American Association of Anthropologists, San Fransicso.

20.8.2012        “Bridging gaps in health care and healing: Traditional medicine and the biomedical health care sector in Zanzibar”. Präsentation des Pilotprojekts, Ministry of Health Zanzibar, Stone Town, Sansibar.

11.7.2012        “Treatment-seeking behavior for malaria in Tanzania – Uncertainty and trust in medicines and therapeutic techniques”. Jahreskonferenz der European Association of Social Anthropologists, Universität Nanterre, Paris.

20.6.2012        “The rise to prominence of Artemisia annua L.: Transformation of a Chinese plant to a global pharmaceutical”. La mondialisation de la santé et du medicament au XXe siècle: saviors, industrie, regulation, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

10.2.2012        “Engagements of healers and anthropologists in processes of recognition”. AK Medical Anthropology, Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Freie Universität Berlin.

14.6.2011        “Social life of medical technologies and pharmaceuticals”. Panel-Organisation, Jahrestreffen der Gruppe Medical Anthropologists Young Scholars, Universität Warschau.

5.12.2010        “Health Politics in an Interconnected World.” Irmgard Coninx Stiftung, | Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Berlin.

25.9.2010        “Artemisinin-basierte Therapien im Spannungsfeld von lokaler Aneignung und globalen (Macht-)Strukturen”. Jahrestreffen Anamed e.V., Stuttgart.

27.8. 2010       “Medicating crisis: The rise to prominence of Artemisia annua L. – the transformation of a Chinese plant to a global pharmaceutical”. Jahreskonferenz der European Association of Social Anthropologists, Maynooth.

6.5.2010          “Gesundheit global. Forschungen zu Kultur und Medizin” Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Freie Universität Berlin.

17.5.2009        “Developmental effects of fair trade”. Panel-Organisation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin.

28.3.2009        “Self-reliant treatment for malaria in developing countries.“ Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, Addis Abeba.

27.9.2006        “Development policy issues on health in East-Africa.” Seminar für ländliche Entwicklung, Berlin.