Associate Professor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor
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Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka received her Ph.D. and doctor habil. degrees in ethnology and cultural anthropology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She works as Associate Professor at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the same university. She specialises in medical anthropology and is one of the founders of this sub-discipline in Poland. Her fieldwork focuses in Central Asia (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) and Poland. Among her research interests there are: medical pluralism; biomedicine and its connections with complementary and alternative medicine; perceptions of health and illness; health-seeking strategies and practices; shamanism and spiritual healing; relations between healing and religion; kinship and medicine. Between 2007-2016 Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka was editor-in-chief of the oldest Polish journal of ethnology and socio-cultural anthropology “Lud” (“People”) founded in 1895. Since 2016 she has been active as a member of the expert advisory group working on the “Cultural Contexts of Health” project, established by WHO, Regional Office for Europe. She has also organised the Medical Anthropology Research Group at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology.

Main Publications

Books:

2006

Medycyna komplementarna w Kazachstanie. Siła tradycji i presja globalizacji [Complementary Medicine in Kazakhstan. The Force of Tradition and the Pressure of Globalisation], Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, Poznań.

1988

Medycyna tradycyjna w Afganistanie i jej przeobrażenia [Traditional Medicine in Afghanistan and Its Transformations], Polskie Towarzystwo Ludoznawcze, Wrocław.



Edited and co-edited volumes/journal issues:

2016

Medical Pluralism and Beyond. Special Issue of “Anthropology & Medicine” 23 (2), ed. D. Penkala-Gawęcka, M. Rajtar.

 

2012

W zdrowiu i w chorobie... Z badań antropologii medycznej i dyscyplin pokrewnych [In
Sickness and in Health... From the Research of Medical Anthropology and Related Disciplines], ed. D. Penkala-Gawęcka, I. Main. A. Witeska-Młynarczyk, Biblioteka Telgte, Poznań.



2010

Nie czas chorować? Zdrowie, choroba i leczenie w perspektywie antropologii medycznej [Is it an Appropriate Time to Get Ill? Health, Illness and Healing in the Perspective of Medical Anthropology], ed. D. Penkala-Gawęcka, Biblioteka Telgte, Poznań.



Articles:

2016

Risky encounters with doctors? Medical diversity and health-related strategies of the inhabitants of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, “Anthropology & Medicine” 23 (2): 135-154.
doi: 10.1080/13648470.2016.1180582

[with M. Rajtar] Introduction to the Special Issue ‘Medical Pluralism and beyond.’ “Anthropology & Medicine” 23 (2): 129-134. doi: 10.1080/13648470.2016.1180584

 

2014

The Way of the Shaman and the Revival of Spiritual Healing in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan and
Kyrgyzstan, „Shaman. Journal of the International Society for Shamanistic Research” 22(1-2): 35-59.



2011

[with Aleksandra Bartoszko], Medical Anthropology in Poland, „Cargo” 1,2: 128-135.
(Published in 2013.)



2013

Mentally Ill or Chosen by Spirits?’Shamanic Illness’ and the Revival of Kazakh Traditional
Medicine in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan, “Central Asian Survey” 32(1):37-51.



2010

„Maladies populaires” et médicine complémentaire en Cachoubie, “Ethnologie française”
40(2):295-304.



2010

O globalizacji i glokalizacji biomedycyny – na przykładzie Kazachstanu [Globalisation and
Glocalisation of Biomedicine. An Example of Kazakhstan], „Lud” 94:107-120.



2009

Mikropolityka etniczności. Obchody wiosennego święta Nauryz w postsowieckim
Kazachstanie [Micropolitics of Ethnicity. Celebrations of a Spring Holiday Nauryz in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan], „Etnografia Polska” 53(1-2):5-19. (Published in 2010.)



2008

Antropologia medyczna dzisiaj: kontynuacje, nowe nurty, perspektywy badawcze, in:
Socjologia i antropologia medycyny w działaniu [Medical Anthropology Today: Continuities, New Directions, Research Perspectives, in: Medical Sociology and Medical Anthropology in Action], ed. W. Piątkowski, B. Płonka-Syroka, Wrocław: Oficyna Wydawnicza Arboretum, p. 219-241.



2002

Korean Medicine in Kazakhstan: Ideas, Practices and Patients, "Anthropology and
Medicine" 9(3):315-336.



2001

Wybrańcy duchów, czyli jak zostać szamanem. Na przykładzie ujgurskiej szamanki z
Kazachstanu [Chosen by Spirits, or how to Become a Shaman. The Example of an Uighur Shamaness from Kazakhstan], "Lud" 85: 153-191.



1988

Medical Pluralism in Afghanistan: Conflict between, Coexistence or Integration of Various
Medical Systems?, in: Poland at the 12th Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, ed. S. Szynkiewicz, Wrocław, p. 235-247.



Teaching:

Medical anthropology
Anthropology of kinship
Introduction to ethnology and cultural anthropology
Asian medical systems
Complementary and alternative medicine
Shamanism and spiritual healing in Siberia and Central Asia
Kinship and social organisation
Problems of kinship in contemporary world
M.A. Seminar

Individual research project:

Zdrowie, choroba i leczenie we współczesnym Kirgistanie. Koncepcje zdrowia i choroby oraz strategie zdrowotne Kirgizów w warunkach miejskiego pluralizmu medycznego [Health, Illness and Healing in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan. Concepts of Health and Illness, and Health-Seeking Strategies of the Kyrgyz in the Conditions of the Urban Medical Pluralism].
Funded by the National Centre of Science, 2011-2014.

Research supervisor:

Monika Kujawska’s project, Rośliny użyteczne medycznie oraz dzikie rośliny jadalne w kulturze Metysów z prowincji Misiones w Argentynie [Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants in the Mestizo Culture of Misiones Province in Argentina]. Funded by the National Centre of Science, 2014-2017.

Expertise in medical anthropology

 

Member of the expert group invited to the international project „Cultural Contexts of Health and Well-Being”, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (2015-2019).
http://www.euro.who.int/en/data-and-evidence/cultural-contexts-of-health
http://www.euro.who.int/en/data-and-evidence/news/news/2016/04/cultural-contexts-of-health-project-to-work-with-unesco

 

Member of the Follow-Up Committee of the international project CREACTIVE (Collaborative REsearch on ACute Traumatic brain Injury in intensiVe care medicine in Europe), 2013-1018. The project, funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, is meant to develop Comparative Effectiveness Research study for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and will also cover socio-cultural aspects of the rehabilitation process.



Website:

http://amu.academia.edu/DanutaPenkalaGawecka
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Danuta_Gawecka

 

Major functions:

Member of the Centre of Eastern Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

 

Editor-in-chief of the journal “Lud” – 2007-

 

Member of the Advisory Board, „Curare. Journal of Medical Anthropology” – 2012-

 

Member of the Committee of Ethnological Sciences at the Polish Academy of Science
2015-2018

 

Member of the Commission for Eastern Studies, Committee of Ethnological Sciences at the Polish Academy of Science

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