Janina Kehr

Portrait photo of J. Kehr in colour_©J. Kehr


Janina Kehr is a Professor of Medical Anthropology and Global Health at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She studied ethnology and political science at the University of Göttingen and the University of California Santa Cruz. In 2012 she obtained her doctorate with a co-tutelle de thèse at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales Paris and the Humboldt University Berlin.

Between 2011 and 2017 she was a doctoral assistant and postdoctoral researcher in the interdisciplinary context of medical humanities at the University of Zurich. Before she came to Vienna, she researched and taught between 2017 and 2020 as an SNSF Ambizione Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bern, working on austerity medicine at the intersection of debt economies, government bureaucracy, clinical practices and everyday experiences in Spain.
She works and publishes on the politics, colonial hauntings, moral economies and environmental side-effects of biomedicine and public health.

Research Focus


Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
NIG, 4th floor
Universitätsstraße 7
1010 Vienna



selected publications

Journal Articles

2023 “Health for all? Pasts, presents and futures of aspirations for universal healthcare” & Jacinta Victoria Syombua Muinde and Ruth J. Prince. Social Science & Medicine 319 (2023) 115660 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115660

2022 “The moral economy of universal public healthcare. On healthcare activism in austerity Spain” Social Science & Medicine 319 (2023) 115363 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115363

2020 “Colonial Hauntings: Migrant Care in a French Hospital” Medical Anthropology 7, 8 (2020)

2020 “For a more-than-human public health” BioSocieties 15 (2020) S. 650-663

2020 “Toward the Otherwise: Medicine, Anthropology, Politics” Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 145 (2020) S. 25-44

2020 “Valuation Struggles: Rethinking the Economy in Times of Crisis: A Conversation with Susana Narotzky, Patrícia Matos, and Antonio Maria Pusceddu” & Gerhild, P. & Corinne, S., Tsantsa: Revue de la Société Suisse d’Ethnologie 25 (2020) S. 175-186 https://doi.org/10.36950/tsantsa.2020.025.18

2019 “Transfigurations of Health and the Moral Economy of Medicine: Subjectivities, Materialities, Values” Meillan-Kehr, J., van Eeuwijk, P. & Dilger, H., Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 143 (2019) S. 1-20

2019 “Se plaindre des soins dans l’Espagne de l’austérité” Mouvements 16 (2019) https://doi.org/10.3917/mouv.098.0032


2021 “Spectres de la tuberculose: Une maladie du passé au temps présent“ Presses Universitaires de Rennes

Book Chapters

2020 “Santé globale et humanités médicales critiques: Enseigner l’histoire et l’anthropologie de la santé aux étudiant.e.s en médecine” & Vagneron, F., Humanités Médicales: Des sciences sociales aux transformations de la medicine. Céline, L., Thoreau, F. & Alexis, Z. (Hrsg.). (2020) S. 143-148

2019 “’It’s also the System’: Republican Dilemmas in French Tuberculosis Prevention” Anthropological Approaches to Tuberculosis. Ian, H. & Helen, M. (Hrsg.). London: Routledge, S. 88-105

Academic Blogs

2021 “Spectacular Infrastructure: Madrid’s Pandemic Hospital between Public Spectacle and Speculation” Somatosphere. Science, Medicine and Anthropology http://somatosphere.net/2021/spectacular-infrastructure-madrid-pandemic-hospital.html/

2021 “The Hospital Multiple. Introduction” & Fanny, C. Somatosphere. Science, Medicine and Anthropology http://somatosphere.net/2020/hospital-multiple-introduction.html/