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Miriam Waltz - New PhD at the Department of Anthropology

Miriam Waltz will be affiliated the Anthusia project on 1 September where she will be working on a project that explores toxic exposure and cancer epidemics in Kenya

2018.08.22 | Camilla Dimke

Originally from the Netherlands, Miriam Waltz obtained her MA in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, focusing on medical anthropology and science and technology studies. Her MA thesis followed the trajectory of donated breast milk from mostly middle-class donors to babies in a public hospital in Cape Town as it crossed geographical and social boundaries. As part of ANTHUSIA, Miriam will explore toxic exposure and cancer epidemics in Kenya. The project engages questions of environmental pollution, risk and causation by looking at the practices emerging around the management and effects of a cancer epidemic that severely affects the Kenyan population. Putting cancer causation at the centre of this interrogation brings together historical processes, family experiences, colonialism, the current global, and political economy and aims to place cancer in East Africa in a broader understanding in relation to global political, economic and historical processes