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Dr. Ana Vinea

Ana Vinea
Assistant Professor
Advisor, Arabic program

anavinea@email.unc.edu
New West 108

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Research

I am a cultural anthropologist of the Middle East with research and teaching interests in medicine, occult practices, religion, and popular culture. I received my Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Before joining the Department of Asian Studies, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows and taught in the Middle East Studies department at the University of Michigan. My current book project, Healing Muslims: Islam, Psychiatry, and Therapeutic Dilemmas in Egypt, examines revivalist Islamic therapies as prominent sites of innovation and contestation within changing medical, religious, and media landscapes. I am also developing a new research project that looks at opioid addiction in Egypt as a lens into the dynamics of everyday life in post-revolutionary Cairo.

Awards

UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Faculty Fellowship (Spring 2023)
UNC Junior Faculty Development Award (2023)
Michigan Society of Fellows, Postdoctoral fellowship (2016-2018)
National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (2011)
The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Dissertation Fellowship (2011)
CUNY, The Graduate Center, Provost’s Office University Fellowship (2012-2015)
CUNY, The Graduate Center, Presidential Research Fellowship (2007-2013)
CUNY, The Graduate Center, Robert Gilleece Fellowship (2006-2011)
The American University in Cairo, G. Wisner Award for Scholarly Excellence (2006)

Courses

  • ASIA 73: First-Year Seminar: Popular Culture in the Arab World
  • ASIA 73: First-Year Seminar: Popular Culture in the Arab World
  • ARAB 150: Introduction to Arab Cultures
  • ARAB 150: Introduction to Arab Cultures
  • ARAB 211: Arab Comics
  • ARAB 211: Arab Comics
  • ARAB 214: Medicine in the Arab World
  • ARAB 214: Medicine in the Arab World
  • ARAB 354: Everyday Lives in the Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives
  • ARAB 354: Everyday Lives in the Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives
  • ARAB 432: Science and Society in the Middle East
  • ARAB 432: Science and Society in the Middle East
  • ASIA 781: The Body and Body Politics in the Arab World

Publications

2023. “Psychiatry, Law, and Revolution: A View from Egypt,” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-023-09837-1

2023. “Possessed or Insane? Diagnostic Puzzles in Contemporary Egypt,” The International Journal of Middle East Studies, 55 (2): 260274.

2023. “Drinking the Word of God: Modern Science and Reconfigurations of Islamic Healing in Contemporary Egypt,” in Beyond Cadfael, edited by Lucy C. Barnhouse and Winston Black, pp. 99124. Budapest: Trivent Publishing.

2022. “Jinnology, or How to Build a Modern Orthodox Science of Islamic Exorcism,” Islamic Occult Studies on the Rise. Ana Vinea on Jinnology, or How to Build a Modern Orthodox Science of Islamic Exorcism | IOSOTR (islamicoccult.org)

2021. “Diagnostic Dilemmas,” Psychiatry After Fanon, Africa is a Country. Diagnostic dilemmas (africasacountry.com)

2021. Review of Angie Heo, “The political lives of saints: Christian–Muslim mediation in Egypt,” Ethnos, 86 (3): 594595.

2019. “<What is Your Evidence?> A Salafi Therapy in Contemporary Egypt.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 39 (3): 500512.

2018. “An Emergent Affliction in Today’s Egypt: Islamic Healing, the Psy Sciences, and What Lies In-Between,” Medicine Anthropology Theory, 5 (1): 5077.

2005. “Creating Families across Boundaries: A Case Study of Romanian/Egyptian Mixed Marriages,” Cairo Papers in Social Sciences, 28 (1).

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