denielle elliott’s projects  explore the politics of experimental medicine and therapeutic interventions in colonial and postcolonial contexts. In her current work, she plays with textual ethnography, visual anthropology (stills), and creative nonfiction to assemble an ethnographic montage of the disrupted landscapes and subjectivities produced by medicine and science. Her most recent writing projects are experiments in ethnographic form, attentive to the poetics and politics of postcolonial encounters between the new subaltern and elite scientific communities, and the history of ‘good intentions’ with marginalized communities in Kenya and the urban poor in British Columbia. She teaches on the anthropology of biomedicine, postcolonial and indigenous science studies, and social suffering in the Department of Anthropology and Department of Social Science at York University. She has graduate appointments in Social Anthropology, the Science and Technology Studies program, and the Development Studies graduate program. 

She is currently working on two projects: 1) A monograph that focuses on postcolonial science, storytelling and the life’s work of Kenyan scientist Dr. Davy Koech, and 2) an ethnography of traumatic brain injuries and cerebral suffering (funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research). 

She is co-editor (with Dr. Dara Culhane) of A Different Kind of Ethnography (UTP, 2017). Other publications can be found here

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