Dr Elizabeth Rahman, a social and medical anthropologist, is a tutor for the Department of Continuing Education and examination paper Scrutineer for the A-Level in Anthropology. Elizabeth studied Social Anthropology as an undergraduate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and went on to read her DPhil at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
Elizabeth specializes in hands-on, indigenous and applied techniques that cultivate mindfulness in diverse environmental and socio-political settings, with a special focus on Amazonia and rural Spain (Canary Islands). Her doctoral research ‘Made by Artful Practice: Reproduction, Health and the Perinatal Period among Xié River Dwellers of North-Western Brazil’ (2014) examined the repertoire of hands-on perinatal techniques used by the Warekena of tropical Brazil (north-western Amazonia) and how these are used to make particular types of mindful and healthy people adept at living in such an environment. Her publications include the edited volume, The Master Plant: tobacco in lowland south America (Bloomsbury 2015) and her chapter therein; the Special Issue of the Journal of Lowland South America SALSA on The Alchemical Person (2016), and a book chapter in Reproductive Cultures: Kinship, Social Practice and Inter-Generational Transmission (eds, S. Pooley and K. Qureshi) Oxford: Berghahn Books, entitled ‘Integrational mythscapes and infant care in northwestern Amazonia’. She has also published a Portuguese language Handbook on Warekena Health for the University of Manaus, Brazil.
Elizabeth is currently interested in applying biosocial anthropological research to promote wellbeing and sustainability – as part of the curriculum and through outdoor pedagogic approaches – in primary, secondary and tertiary education. She is currently an ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund fellow at the Oxford department for International Development. She is a native English speaker and also speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese and lingua geral (Amazonian lingua franca).
Research interests include:
Mindfulness, education, health and wellbeing, perinatal care, climate and the environment, plant and animal interactions and applications.
2016. ‘Integrational mythscapes and infant care in northwestern Amazonia’ in Reproductive Cultures: Kinship, Social Practice and Inter-Generational Transmission (eds, S. Pooley and K. Qureshi) Oxford: Berghahn Books
2015. ‘Introduction: The Alchemical Person’ (eds) Rahman, E. and J. Echverri. TIPITI, Journal for the Society of Anthropology of Lowland South America, 13 (2): 1 -10.
2015. ‘Hydrocentric Infants and Their Sedimentation: Artfully Binding the Bodily Soul among Xié River Dwellers of Northwestern Amazonia’ In Special Issue: The Alchemical Person (eds) Rahman, E. and J. Echverri. TIPITI, Journal for the Society of Anthropology of Lowland South America, 13 (2): 44-59.
2015. ‘Introduction’ to Master Plant: Tobacco in Lowland South America (eds, Russell and Rahman) London: Berg/Bloomsbury Press
2015. ‘Tobacco and Water: Everyday Blessings’ in Master Plant: Tobacco in Lowland South America. London: Berg/Bloomsbury Press