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Dr. Anna Harris

Research Fellow

Qualifications

B Med Sci, MBBS, M Soc Health, PhD

Telephone

+31-(0)43-388-2517

Fax

+31-(0)43-388-4917

Email

a.harris@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Room

0.2

Building

Grote Gracht 86, Maastricht

Biography

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Technology and Society Studies (TSS), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. I am working on an ethnographic project concerning how doctors learn to listen to sounds under the supervision of Karin Bijsterveld. The research is part of a larger NWO Vici funded project entitled "Sonic Skills: Sound and Listening in the Development of Science, Technology and Medicine (1920-now)”. My colleagues on this project are looking at listening practices amongst ornithologists, car mechanics, researchers using sonification and microbiologists.

I have worked in the TSS department previously, on a , with Sally Wyatt and , a project which also involved one year at Egenis. Previously, in Australia, I completed a medical degree at the University of Tasmania, and a Masters (under the supervision of Tania Lewis) and PhD (under the principal supervision of Marilys Guillemin) in Medical Anthropology at the Centre for Health and Society, University of Melbourne.

Publications

Book chapters

Harris, A., (2011). 'In a moment of mismatch: Overseas doctors’ adjustments in new hospital environments', in Twigg, J., Wolkowitz, C., Cohen, R.L. & Nettleton, S. (eds), Body Work in Health and Social Care: Critical Themes, New Agendas, 2011, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 134 – 146.

Journal articles

Wyatt, S., Harris, A., Adams, S. and Kelly, S. E. Illness online: Self-reported data and questions of trust in medical and social research, Theory, Culture and Society 30 (4), in special issue, Digital Devices: The Social Life of Methods, edited by John Law, Evelyn Ruppert, and Mike Savage (forthcoming).

Harris, A. and Delany, C., 'International medical graduates in transition', Clinical Teacher, 2013 (in press)

Harris, A., 'Degrees of difference: Exploring politics and possibilities of classifying international medical graduates', Health Sociology Review, 2013 (in press)

Wyatt, S., Bier, J., Harris, A. and van Heur, B. Introduction to Participatory Knowledge Production 2.0?: Critical Views and Experiences, Special issue for Information, Communication & Society, 2013, 16 (2): 153 – 159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2012.746382

Harris, A., Kelly, S.E. and Wyatt, S., Counseling customers: Emerging roles for genetic counselors in the direct-to-consumer genetic testing market, Journal of Genetic Counseling, April 2013, 22 (2): 277-288.

Harris, A., Wyatt, S. and Kelly, S.E., 'The gift of spit (and the obligation to return it): How consumers of online genetic testing services participate in research', Information, Communication & Society 2013, 16 (2): 236 – 257.

Harris, A. and Guillemin, M., 'Developing sensory awareness in qualitative interviewing: A portal into the otherwise unexplored', Qualitative Health Research 22(5), 2012: 689 – 699

Harris, A., 'Shopping for a soft sweater and a comfy pair of genes', Genomics, Society and Policy, 7, 2011: 57-64.

Harris, A., 'In a moment of mismatch: Overseas doctors’ adjustments in new hospital environments', Sociology of Health and Illness 33 (2), 2011: 308 – 320

Harris, A., .'Hidden stories in the medical museum', Chiron: Journal of the University of Melbourne Medical Society, Melbourne Medical School: 2010: 24 – 27

Harris, A., 'The artist as surgical ethnographer: Participant observers outside the social sciences', Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 12 (4), 2008: 501 – 514

Special issues

Harris, A., Wyatt, S., van Heur, B. and Bier, J., Participatory Knowledge Production 2.0?: Critical Views and Experiences, Special issue for Information, Communication & Society, scheduled for 2013, 16 (2)

Reports

Harris, A., Delany, C. and Fuller, T., Transition in practice: A critical reflection group for new doctors: A facilitator’s manual, Centre for Health and Society, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2012.

Harris, A., Learning the System … In the Words of Overseas Doctors, Centre for Health and Society, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2010

Conference organisation

'Genetics goes online', Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 12–14 September, 2012.

Selected presentations

Harris, A., Wyatt, S. and Kelly, S. E., Finding participants: How research methodologies define ‘users’, 2012 Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17 20 October 2012.

Wyatt, S., Harris, A. and Kelly, S. E., Schizophrenia genetics online: Spaces of contestation, 2012 Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17–20 October 2012.

Kelly, S. E., Harris, A. and Wyatt, S., Intersecting determinisms: Genetics goes online, Challenges to Researching, Engaging and Governing the Messiness of Convergence, ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 27-28 September 2012.

Harris, A., Wyatt, S., and Kelly, S. E., Autobiologies on YouTube: New contexts for storytelling about genetics, Genetics goes online workshop, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 12 – 14 September, 2012.

Harris, A., Wyatt, S. and Kelly, S.E., 'Active genomes: Examining a participatory turn in genetic research', The Co-Production of Knowledge: Social Media, STS and … Conference, York, UK, 18-20 July 2012.

Harris, A., Wyatt, S. and Kelly, S.E., 'Our beautiful genomes: a thematic analysis of public accounts of online genetic testing', Interdisciplinary Conference Communication, Medicine & Ethics, Trondheim, Norway, 28 – 30 June 2012.

Harris, A., Kelly, S. and Wyatt, S., 'Intersecting determinisms: genetics goes online', Genomics in Society: Facts, Fictions & Cultures, British Library, London, 23-24 April 2012.

Harris, A., Wyatt, S. and Kelly, S. 'Molecular debates: mapping controversies about schizophrenia genetics on the internet', Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Cleveland, USA, 2-5 November 2011

Harris, A., Kelly, S. and Wyatt, S. 'The gift of spit (and the obligation to return it): a critical exploration of how consumers of online genetic testing services are participating in research', Genetics as Culture in a Consumerist Age Interdisciplinary Symposium, Innsbruck, Austria, 27 October 2011

Harris, A., Wyatt, S. and Kelly, S. 'Health-e skepticism? Trust in the age of the internet', A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, Oxford, UK, 21-24 September 2011

Harris, A. Delany, C. 'Incorporating critical reflection into the orientation of international medical graduates', AMEE (The Association for Medical Education in Europe), Vienna, Austria, 27-31 August 2011

Kelly, S., Harris, A. and Wyatt, S., (2011) 'The medium and the message: Genetic counselling in the direct-to-consumer genetic testing industry', European Human Genetics Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 28-31 May 2011

Dissemination

Anna’s doctoral research has been disseminated to government agencies, medical organisations and doctors’ groups in Australia, and resulted in a number of publications and funded projects. She has also written for several national newspapers on the topic of overseas doctors.

Harris, A., Doctors from overseas are being wasted, The Age, 7 April 2011

Harris, A., Sick system for foreign doctors, The Courier-Mail, 23 March 2011

Blog

http://pneumaticpost.blogspot.com/

Research Interests

My research concerns modes of tinkering and tailoring in medicine, from a sociological and anthropological perspective. More specifically, I am interested in the material and cultural life of medical technologies, skills, workers and institutions, which I largely study using techniques of ethnography. I work across the academic fields of medical anthropology, the sociology of health and illness, and science and technology studies. I am inspired by ethnographically orientated work outside of the academy in film, art, craft and literature. I also draw from my previous clinical work as a doctor. My research includes work on: how listening to sound is learnt and used in medicine; genetic testing on the internet and associated themes of participation, controversy and trust; narratives in medicine; migration of doctors and translation of medical practice between hospital settings; sensory methodologies; the relationship between art and medicine; and medical museums. I also regularly blog about a fascinating technology vastly invisible in medical practice: pneumatic tubes.