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Research interests:

Sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropology of ethics and morality, medical anthropology (esp. anthropology of biomedicine, bioethics, medicine and religion, genetics, rare diseases), anthropology of religion (esp. Christianity); Europe (Finland, Germany, Poland).

 

Małgorzata Rajtar received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in 2006. She held post-doctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany (2006-2009) and as the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany (2011-2013). She also served as assistant professor in the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology at the University of Gdańsk, Poland (2010-2013). She is a research associate with the Department of Religious Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences and an occasional researcher for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw. 

 

Current research projects:
2016-2019
Socio-cultural dimensions of rare diseases: The case of LCHAD deficiency. A comparative study of Poland and Finland.
Funding: Polish National Science Centre (Grant No. 2015/17/B/HS3/00107)
Role: Principal Investigator
Researchers: Dr hab. Anna Kwaśniewska (University of Gdańsk) & Anna Chowaniec-Rylke, MA
Short abstract: https://ncn.gov.pl/sites/default/files/listy-rankingowe/2015-03-15/streszczenia/291663-en.pdf

 

2016-2019
Turner Syndrome: Socialization patterns and the management of embodiment in chronic disease. An interdisciplinary approach.
Funding: Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education/ National Program for the Development of Humanities
PI: Dr hab. Magdalena Radkowska-Walkowicz (University of Warsaw)
Role: Main Investigator

 

 

Selected publications:
Edited volumes / edited journal issues

2016 Penkala-Gawęcka, D. & M. Rajtar, eds. Medical Pluralism and Beyond. Special Issue of Anthropology & Medicine 23(2).
2014

 Radkowska-Walkowicz, M. & M. Rajtar, eds. Kultura i medycyna [Culture & Medicine]. Special Issue of Etnografia Polska 58(1-2).

2012 M. Rajtar & J. Straczuk, eds. Emocje w kulturze [Emotions in culture]. Warsaw: Warsaw University Press.
2010

 E. Peperkamp & M. Rajtar, eds. Religion and the Secular in Eastern Germany, 1945 to the Present. Leiden-Boston: Brill.

 

Selected journal articles / book chapters

 In press  Rajtar, M. O (nie)naturalności jedzenia. Pokarmy i technologie biomedyczne w chorobach metabolicznych [On the (Un)Naturalness of Eating: Foods and Biomedical Technologies in Metabolic Disorders.] LUD [The People]
 In press  Rajtar, M. Christians in the Biomedical Embrace: A Case of “No Blood Transfusion” Policy in Germany. InTwilight Zone Anthropology. A Voice from Poland, M. Buchowski, ed. Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing. 
2017

Rajtar, M. Religion und Geschlecht bei den Zeugen Jehovas in (Ost-) Deutschland. In Religionen und Geschlechterordnungen. K. Sammet, F. Benthaus-Apel, & Ch. Gärtner, eds. 179-195. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783658173906

 
2016

Rajtar, M. Health care reform and Diagnosis Related Groups in Germany: The mediating role of Hospital Liaison Committees for Jehovah's Witnesses. Social Science & Medicine 166: 57-65. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953616304385

2016

 Rajtar, M. Jehovah’s Witness patients within the German medical landscape. Anthropology & Medicine 23(2): 172-187. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13648470.2016.1180581

2016

 Penkala-Gawęcka, D. & M. Rajtar. Introduction to the Special Issue ‘Medical Pluralism and beyond.’ Anthropology & Medicine 23(2): 129-134. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13648470.2016.1180584

2014

Rajtar, M. Krew jako ciało „obce” i „indywidualne”. Krew i biotożsamość na przykładzie świadków Jehowy w Niemczech [Blood as an ‘Alien’ and ‘Individual’ Body: Blood and Bioidentity and Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany]. Etnografia Polska 58(1-2): 101-116.

2014

Radkowska-Walkowicz, M. & M. Rajtar. Wprowadzenie do bloku tematycznego „Kultura i medycyna” [Introduction to the thematic issue “Culture & Medicine”]. Etnografia Polska 58(1-2): 95-99.

2014

Rajtar, M. Serce i krew. Rodziny świadków Jehowy wobec zespołu Downa [Blood and the Heart. Jehovah’s Witness Families and Down Syndrome]. In: Etnografie biomedycyny [Ethnographies of biomedicine], M. Radkowska-Walkowicz and H. Wierciński, eds. 259-275. Warsaw: Warsaw University Press.

2014

Rajtar, M. Zwrot etyczny i nowa antropologia moralności [An Ethical Turn and the New Anthropology of Morality]. LUD 98: 137-155. http://cejsh.icm.edu.pl/cejsh/element/bwmeta1.element.desklight-2d8b6d4e-7d0a-4024-8379-bdeb198beeb0

2013

Rajtar, M. Bioethics and religious bodies. Refusal of blood transfusions in Germany. Social Science & Medicine 98: 271-277. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13648470.2016.1180581

2012

Rajtar, M. & J. Straczuk. Wprowadzenie [Introduction]. In Emocje w kulturze [Emotions in Culture], M. Rajtar & J. Straczuk, eds. 7-25. Warsaw: Warsaw University Press.

2011

Rajtar, M. Gender in the Discursive Practices of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the Former East Germany. Social Compass 58(2): 260-270. http://scp.sagepub.com/content/58/2/260.short

2010

Rajtar, M. Jehovah’s Witnesses in East Germany: ‘Reconfigurations’ of Identity. Religion, State and Society 38(4): 401-416. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09637494.2010.525321

2010

Peperkamp, E. & M. Rajtar. Introduction. In Religion and the Secular in Eastern Germany, 1945 to the Present, E. Peperkamp & M. Rajtar, eds. 1-18. Leiden-Boston: Brill.

2010

Rajtar, M. Religious Socialization in a Secular Environment: Jehovah’s Witnesses in Eastern Germany. In Religion and the Secular in Eastern Germany, 1945 to the Present, E. Peperkamp & M. Rajtar, eds. 125-145. Leiden-Boston: Brill.

 

Courses taught at Adam Mickiewicz University:

  • In English: Anthropology of Christianity; Religion and healing; Ethnographic research; Anthropology and ethics; From blood to biogenetics: Mapping an anthropological territory; New anthropology of moralit(ies).
  • In Polish: Biopower and biopolitics; Religion in post-socialist countries; “This house stood in a different country before.” Selected issues in post-socialist countries - example of the former East Germany; Undergraduate Thesis Seminar.

 

Website: https://amu.academia.edu/Ma%C5%82gorzataRajtar

 

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