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Cora Bender at the Chair “Visual and Media Anthropology”

Nov 03, 2014

Dr. Cora Bender (University of Siegen) is visiting professor at the Chair of Visual and Media Anthropology during the winter term 2014/15. She is replacing Prof. Brosius during her research sabbatical.

Dr. Cora Bender is cultural anthropologist with a special focus on media anthropology, medical anthropology, and cultures of native North America. Her teaching covers a wide range of topics, such as media anthropology, visual anthropology, film, sound, anthropology and literature, the anthropology of the body, sexuality, political anthropology, anthropological theories and ethnographic methods. During the winter term she is giving a seminar for MA students on “The Magic of Modernity: Transcultural Perspectives on Religion and Media”.

Her current research project explores the latest challenge to indigenous modernity: diabetes. She looks at the "sugar disease" not as a simple physical disorder but as a complex politico-socio-cultural syndrome that is translated into indigenous communities through the media, through people, policies, images and substances.

Cora Bender has an academic background in historical anthropology, literature and media studies, and a professional training in public radio. She researched and taught at the Goethe University Frankfurt Special Research College “Knowledge Culture and Social Change” from 1999 to 2006, and at the University of Bremen Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research from 2006 to 2012. Since March 2012, she works at the University of Siegen.

The Chair of  “Visual and Media Anthropology”, held by Prof. Christiane Brosius, has a variety of foci ranging from popular visual culture to film industries, curatorial strategies and contemporary art practices and markets, from urbanization processes to transnational migration.


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