Trained as an anthropologist and medical biologist, Anita Hardon has been engaged in ambitious multi-level, multi-sited and often interdisciplinary studies on immunization, new reproductive technologies, and AIDS medicines that have generated ethnographic insights on the appropriation of these technologies in diverse social-cultural settings, their efficacy in everyday life, the role of social movements in their design, and the dynamics of care and policy- making in their provision. The latest multi-sited ethnography, ChemicalYouth was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. It aims to understand what chemical and pharmaceutical substances, and not only illicit narcotics, ‘do’ for youths, using concepts and theories from medical anthropology, science and technology studies and youth studies. The generous ERC funding, not only resulted in theoretical advancements (see Hardon and Sanabria 2017), it also enabled experimentation with new ways of doing ethnography (involving methods from digital humanities and design).
Hardon is Full Professor in Anthropology of Care and Health at the University of Amsterdam. At CASBS she intends to conduct a comparative analysis of the ChemicalYouth ethnographies (63 subproject conducted by over 30 young researchers from the USA, the Netherlands, France, Indonesia, the Philippines and Ethiopia) and write a paper reflecting on the multi-modal and collaborative ethnography that they conducted.
For more information about her work, please visit: www.uva.nl/en/profile/a.p.hardon