Emma Louise Backe

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Emma Louise Backe


PhD in Anthropology, (Medical Anthropology)

Year of Entry: 2018

Advisor: Ilana Feldman

The politics of emergency and crisis in South Africa's response to gender-based violence; temporalities of trauma and recovery under conditions of overlapping sexual, structural and symbolic violence for survivors; politics of recipiency for NGOs working with survivors of sexual violence amidst continued HIV exceptionalism of international development and global health aid in sub-Saharan Africa

Articles and Presentations

"Capacitating care: Activist anthropology in ethnographies of gender-based violence." Feminist Anthropology, Vol. 2. 

“Book Review — Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net Behind Bars.” (2018). Anthropology Quarterly.

“A Crisis of Care: The Politics and Therapeutics of a Rape Crisis Hotline.” (2018). Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

"Visions of Care in a Time of Medical Multiplicity--Review of Medicine in the Meantime: The Work of Care in Mozambique." (2018). Anthropology Book Forum.

“Networked Connections, Gendered Violence: A Literature Review of Cyberviolence.” (2018). Violence and Gender.

"The Aesthetics of Deformity and the Construction of the 'Freak'." (2013). The Journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA).

M.A. (Anthropology) 2017, George Washington University

Certificate (Global Gender Policy) 2017, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

B.A. (Anthropology and English) 2013, Vassar College