Janice Boddy

Professor Emerita; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)
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Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Not currently accepting new graduate student supervisions

Research Keywords: Social cultural anthropology, gender, embodiment, symbolism, religion, medical anthropology, colonialism

Research Region: Sudan, Africa, Middle East



University of British Columbia, 1982


2021    Boddy, Janice, and Sarah Williams. Midwifery and Traditional Birth Attendants in Transnational Perspective. In D. Lueddeckens & J. Schleiter, eds. Routledge Handbook of Religion, Healing, and Medicine. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

2020    Re-thinking the Zero Tolerance Approach to FGM/C: The Debate Around Female Genital Cosmetic SurgeryCurrent Sexual Health Reports 12: 302-313 (Springer Nature).

2017    Just Sitting but Not Sitting Still: Delayed Adulthood and Changing Gender Dynamics in Northern Sudan. Elusive Adulthoods. D. Durham and J. Solway, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 152-73

2016   Engendering change: New information technologies and the dynamics of gender in northern Sudan. In Networks of Knowledge Production in Sudan: Identities, Mobilities, and Technologies, Sondra Hale and Gada Kadoda, eds., Lexington, 2016. Pp. 187-200).

2016  The normal and the aberrant in female genital cutting: shifting paradigmsHAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6(2): 41-69.

2014    Davi Kopenawa’s Letter to the World. HAU Book symposium, Kopenawa, Davi, and Bruce Albert 2013, The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman. Trans.
Nicholas Elliott & Alison Dundy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory 4(2): 329‐333. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau4.2

2013   (Ed. with Michael Lambek). A Companion to the Anthropology of Religion. Wiley-Blackwell.

2013     Under the Microscope. Review of Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950. Anthropology of this Century 8: online.

2011  Bodies under Colonialism. In Blackwell Companion  to the Anthropology of the BodyF. Mascia-Lees,  ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

2010  The Work of Zar: Women  and Spirit  Possession in Northern Sudan. In The Problem of Ritual Efficacy. W. Sax, J. Quack, ]. Weinhild,  eds. New York: Oxford University Press.  Pp. 113-130.

2009  Alliance and Endogamy in Northern Sudan. Changing Identifications and Alliances in North East Africa, Vol In Sudan, Uganda, and the Ethiopia­ Sudan  Borderlands. G. Schlee & E Watson eds. Oxford: Berghahn Books. Pp. 103-116.

2009   Veiled Christians and  Embattled Missionaries in Colonial Sudan. Transnational Transcendence: Religion, History, and Globalization, Thomas Csordas, ed., Berkeley:  University of California  Press. Pp 97-119.

2008  Clash of Selves: Gender, Personhood, and Human Rights Discourse in Colonial Sudan.  Canadian Journal of African Studies 41(3): 402-26.

2008   Legislating against Culture: Attempts to End Pharaonic Circumcision in Colonial Sudan, 1937-1949. Suomen Antropologi, Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society, 33 (1): 17-32.

2007   Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press

2007   Remembering Amal: On Birth and the British in Northern Sudan, in Beyond the Body Proper. Margaret Lock & Judith Farquhar, eds. Durham NC: Duke University Press, pp. 315-329 (Abridged reprint of 1998b).

2007   Allianz und Endogamie im Nordsudan: Implikationen für Identitätsbildung, in Freundschaft und Verwandschaft: Zur Unterscheidung und Verflechtung zweier Beziehungssysteme.  Johannes F.K. Schmidt, Martine Guichard, Peter Schuster, Fritz Trillmich, Hg. Konstanz: UVK Verlagegesellschaft mbH, pp. 291-312.

2007    Gender Crusades:  The Female Circumcision Controversy in Cultural Perspective.  In Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context. Ylva Hernlund and Bettina Shell-Duncan, eds.  Rutgers: Rutgers University Press, pp. 46-66.

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