Medical Anthropology Wiki & Student Knowledge

I am happy to publicly announce a new medical anthropology wiki. I started this project last spring, and it really took form this semester with the incredible efforts by my students in my Biocultural Medical Anthropology class. Many thanks to them! They put in all the work to take an initial idea and make it into an excellent start to creating an online source for knowledge on medical anthropology.

This wiki is a long-term project. At present the wiki focuses on describing some main concepts and terms within medical anthropology. In the future, I would like to add sections on specific diseases, prominent medical anthropologists, and even history and methods in medical anthropology.

At present there are a total of thirty one terms. Good examples of entries range across different areas: folk illness, race, infectious disease, and syndemic.

I really like this kind of project, because it shows students that they can make substantive contributions to the discipline, and that their efforts count for something more than just a grade. I have done similar efforts through students posting on this site, which I documented most recently in Students and Neuroanthropology: The Power of the Post.

I also am excited about the long-term prospects of this endeavor. This wiki is something that will be built over time, and as semesters go by, it should come to have a truly robust scope. Moreover, unlike print encyclopedias, a wiki can incorporate new research and react to changing scholarship. This wiki, unlike some other efforts out there, has also been explicitly conceived as having an emphasis on both new media and written work. New media can help medical anthropology with public outreach, and should also provide a great resource for teaching.

One note: At present the wiki is open to public viewing but not public editing. I am very open to suggestions on how to improve the wiki, as well as how to best develop this sort of project. Please leave a comment here or send me an email at daniel.lende at gmail dot com. You can also contact me if you’re interested in the project, want to get more information on how I developed it, and so forth.

Link to Medical Anthropology Wiki.

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2 Responses to Medical Anthropology Wiki & Student Knowledge

  1. Ashlee says:

    I really, really like this idea. As someone who’s thinking of maybe going into Medical Anthropology, this will be really helpful to me and I’m so excited to start reading this!

  2. Erica says:

    I will definitely be using this the next time I teach Med Anth!