Dr Elizabeth Rahman

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Elizabeth Rahman is a social and medical anthropologist and the Oxford University’s Centre of Teaching and Learning’s Senior Evaluation Officer, where she provides research-informed input into the design and evaluation of teaching and learning across the collegiate university. Elizabeth’s research interests include health, education and the environment, specifically implicit pedagogies and paradigms of pan species flourishing. Elizabeth supervises undergraduate and graduate students, teaches an introduction to social anthropology and mixed methods, and is interested in the premium of research to facilitate new paradigmatic thinking and societal transitions. To this end, she coordinates the Educere Alliance and the ISCA spinout, Global Campus.

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. She has specialised 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.

Forthcoming publications include:

'Familiar matter? Cave heritage sites and their exploration with locals and university students in Fuerteventura, Spain'. In  Unfamilar  Landscapes, edited  volume.  R.Dunkley, Pitt, H. and Smith, T. Palgrave Macmillan.