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Eugenia Georges
Professor
Professor of Anthropology
 
e-mail:nia@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1970) Florida Presbyterian College
  • M.A. (1971) Tulane University
  • Ph.D. (1985) Columbia University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Anthropology
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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    Research Areas
     New reproductive technologies, women's health issues, medicalization of the life cycle, humanization of childbirth movement, obstetrical violence, Greece, Brazil and Latin America
     
    Teaching Areas
     Medical Anthropology, Life Cycle, Genetics and Culture
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Eugenia Georges and Robbie Davis-Floyd "Humanizing Obstetrics in Brazil: Why Some Doctors Choose to Change ."  Sociology and Anthropology (2016) In Press

     
     

    Co-edited special issue of Cultural Anthropology

     
     

    Co-edited special issue of Cultural Anthropology

     
     

    Co-edited special issue of Cultural Anthropology

     
     

    Eugenia Georges, Chrisy Moutsatsos and Brian Riedel "Introduction: Re-visiting Sex and Gender in Contemporary Greek Ethnography." The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 19(1) (2009) In Press

     
     Articles
     

    Eugenia Georges and Robbie Davis-Floyd "Transforming the Ethics of Birth Care." Anthropology News (February 2016)

     
     

    Reconfiguring the Ideal Birth: The Normalization of Caesarean Sections in Greek Maternity Care.  Medical Anthropology Quarterly, submitted.

     
     

    Pregnancy in Cross-Cultural Perspective.  International Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology.  Yale University Press.

     
     

    “Guiding Pregnancy: Expert Advice and the Modern Greek Mother. ” The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 18(2): 387-412, 2010.  

     

     
     

    “Introduction:  Re-visiting Sex and Gender in Contemporary Greek Ethnography.”  The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 18(2):197-212,  2010.  

     

     
     Books
     

    Eugenia Georges.  Greek Translation of Bodies of Knowledge:  the Medicalization of Reproduction in Greece.  Athens:  Greek Letters Press.

     
     

    Eugenia Georges "Bodies of Knowledge: the Medicalization of Reproduction in Greece."  (2008)

     
     Editor of books
     

    Re-visiting Sex and Gender in Contemporary Greek Ethnography.  Special Issue of The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 18(2), 2010,  Guest editor with Chrisy Moutsatsos.

     

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Chrisy Moutsatsos, Guest Editors, Special Issue of The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, v. 18, no. 2.

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Chrisy Moutsatsos, Guest Editors, Special Issue of The Journal of Mediterranean Studies, v. 18, no. 2.

     
     Book chapters
     

    Eugenia Georges and Rae Daellenbach "Childbirth in Greece and New Zealand." Birth in Seven Cultures: A Crosscultural Investigation. (2017) Submitted

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Rae Daellenbach "Childbirth in Greece and New Zealand." Birth in Seven Cultures: A Crosscultural Investigation. (2017) In Progress

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Rae Daellenbach "Childbirth in Greece and New Zealand." Birth in Seven Cultures: A Crosscultural Investigation. (2017) Submitted

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Rae Daellenbach "Childbirth in Greece and New Zealand." Birth in Seven Cultures: A Crosscultural Investigation. (2017) Submitted

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Robbie Davis-FLoyd "New Health Socialites in Brazil: The Movement to Humanize Childbirth." Medical Anthropology for the 21st Century (2016) In Press

     
     

    Eugenia Georges.  Reading Pregnancy in Greece:  the Rhetorical Production of Maternal and Fetal Selves.  In Evthymios Papataxiarchis, ed., Rethinking the Political in Greek Ethnography.  Alexandria Publishers.

     
     

    Eugenia Georges.  An Intervention Like Any Other:  Changing Meanings of the Caesarean in Contemporary Greece.  In Venetia Kantsa, ed., Motherhood at the Forefront:  Recent Research in Greek Ethnography, New Greek Letters.

     
     

    Chris Traina, Eugenia Georges, Marcia Inhorn, Susan Kahn and Maura Ryan.  Compatible Contradictions:  Religion and the Naturalization of Assisted Reproduction.  In B. Andrew Lustig, Baruch Brody and Gerald P. McKenny, eds.  Altering Nature, Volume II:  Religion, Biotechnology and Public Policy.  Cambridge University Press, pp. 15-86.

     
     Conceptions of Nature and the Sacred in Assisted Reproductive Technologies. In B. Brody, et. al., eds. Conceptions of Nature and the Sacred in Assisted Reproductive Technologies. (With C. Traina, M. Inhorn and S. Kahn), Cambridge University Press, 2006.
     
     

    With C. Traina, M. Inhorn and S. Kahn "Conceptions of Nature and the Sacred in Assisted Reproductive Technologies." Altering Nature: How Religious Traditions Assess the New Biotechnologies (2005) In Press

     
     

    Eugenia Georges "Greece." The Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (2003) In Press

     
     

    E. Georges "Greece. In Ember and Ember, eds.." The Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (2002) In Press

     
     Book reviews
     

    Bad Souls:  Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece, by Elizabeth Davis, American Ethnologist, forthcoming.

     
     

    Embodying Culture:  Pregnancy in Japan and Israel, by Ivry, Tsipy. American Ethnologist, v. 38(2).

     

     
     

    Eugenia Georges.  Review of "A Tale of Two Cities: Santo Domingo and New York after 1959," by Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof. Geschichte.Transnational.clio.online, January 29, 2010.

     
     

    Review of "Embodying Culture:  Pregnancy in Japan and Israel,"  by Tsipy Ivry, American Ethnologist: 37.

     
     

    Review of "Embodying Culture:  Pregnancy in Japan and Israel,"  by Tsipy Ivry, American Ethnologist: 37.

     
     

    Review of "Embodying Culture:  Pregnancy in Japan and Israel,"  by Tsipy Ivry, American Ethnologist: 37.

     
     

    Review of "Embodying Culture:  Pregnancy in Japan and Israel,"  by Tsipy Ivry, American Ethnologist: 37.

     
     

    Review of "Looking Within: A Sociocultural Examination of Fetoscopy," by Deborah Blizzard. Medical Anthropological Quarterly 23(1): 351-353, 2009.

     
     

    Eugenia Georges "Review of: Looking Within: A Sociocultural Examination of Fetoscopy ." Medical Anthropological Quarterly, 23 (1) (2009) In Press

     
     

    Nancy Foner "Islands in the City." American Ethnologist (2004) In Press

     
     

    Eugenia Georges "Review of Islands in the City, by Nancy Foner."  (2004) In Press

     
     

    E. Georges "Islands in the City, by Nancy Foner." American Anthropologist (2002) In Press

     
     Other
     

    Eugenia Georges "Book Review of Portrait of a Greek Imagination, by Michael Herzfeld." Man (in press)

     
     

    Eugenia Georges "Book Review of Reproducing Reproduction: Kinship, Power, and Technological Innovation, by Sarah Franklin and Helena Ragone." Medical Anthropology Quarterly (2000) : 143-144.

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Lisa Mitchell "Baby Talk: Rhetorical Constructions of Women and the Fetus in Greek and Canadian Pregnancy Guidebooks." Writing and Speaking the Body: Feminist and Rhetorical Studies of Reproductive Sciences and Technologies (2000) : 184-206.

     
     

    Lisa Mitchell and Eugenia Georges "Cross-Cultural Cyborgs: Greek and Canadian Women's Discourses on Fetal Ultrasound." Bodies of Technology: Women's Involvement in Reproductive Medicine (2000) : 384-409.

     
     

    "Book Review of Crosscurrents: West Indian Migrants and Race, by Milton Vickerman.." Journal of Ethnic and Social History, 19 (2000) : 93-94.

     
     

    Eugenia Georges "Book Review of Peripheral Migrants: Haitians and Dominican Republic Sugar Plantations, by Samuel Martinez." American Ethnologist, 26 (1999) : 509.

     
     

    Eugenia Georges "Book Review of Portrait of a Greek Imagination: An Ethnographic Biography of Andreas Nenedakis, by Michael Herzfeld." Man (In press)

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Lisa Mitchell "Baby Talk: Rhetorical Constructions of Women and the Fetus in Greek and Canadian Pregnancy Guidebooks." Writing and Speaking the Body: Feminist and Rhetorical Studies of Reproductive Sciences and Technologies (1999)

     
     

    Eugenia Georges and Lisa Mitchell "Baby's First Picture: The Cyborg Fetus of Ultrasound Imaging." Cyborg Babies; From Techno-Sex to Techno-Tots (1998) : 105-124.

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    Paper presented at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver.

     
     

    Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Albuquerque, New Mexico,  Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

     
     

    Paper presented at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society, Chicago 

     
     

    Paper presented at the SMA/EASA Joint International Conference, “Encounters and Engagements:  Creating New Agendas for Medical Anthropology

     
     

    Paper presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society, San Francisco

     
     Invited Papers
     

    Invited paper presented at the Fourth International Humanizattion of Childbirth Conference, Brasilia

     
     

    "Using Textual Analysis Software to Study Public Discourses on Immigration, Immigrant Domestic Workers and their Employers in Greece." NSF Workshop on Methods of Textual Analysis, School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. (May 17, 2006.)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Talk and workshop presented at Atma Jaya University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

     
     

    Paper presenter and discussion leader .  "The Cesarean Section:  A New Reproductive Technoloy?." Workshop on "New Reproductive Technologies in Greece," University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece, October 6-7, 2012. . (10/6/12)

     
     

    "A Cultural History of Childbirth." Utah Humanities Council Lecture Series, Springdale, Utah. (April 3, 2009)

     
     

    "Reconfiguring the Ideal Birth: The Normalization of Caesarean Sections in Greek Maternity Care." University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece. (May 31, 2008)

     
     

    "Reconfiguring the Ideal Birth: The Normalization of Caesarean Sections in Greek Maternity Care." International Conference on "The Politics of Life: Anthropological Perspectives on Health and Biosociality", Panteion University, Athens, Greece. (May 16, 2008)

     
     

    "New Reproductive Technologies in Cross-Cultural Perspective." University of the Aegean, Program in the Study of Women and Gender, Rhodes, Greece. (July 6, 2005)

     
     

    "The New Domestic Workers in Europe." The Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies, Wasenaar, Netherlands. (May 27, 2005)

     
     

    "Living with Contradictions: Moral Discourses on Abortion in Greek Women's Narratives." University of Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. (June 12, 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "New Reproductive Technologies and Gender: An Anthropological Perspective." Invited Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender, Rhodes, Greece. (July 22, 2006)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Mothers and Others: Public Discourses on Immigration, Immigrant Domestic Workers and their Employers in Greece." American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California. (November 15, 2006)

     
     

    "Motherhood, Modernity and the Discourse of Risk." University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. (July 3, 2003)

     
     Other
     

    "Baby Talk: A Cross-Cultural Perspective on the Rhetorical Production of Maternal and Fetal Sevles." Center for Cultural Studies, Rice University. (December 3, 2001)

     
     

    "From "Suffering" to "Stress:" Recent Transformations in Greek Fathers? and Mother?s Perspectives on Childbearing and the Family ." American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC. (November 30, 2001)

     
     

    "Baby Talk: The Cultural Construction of Maternal and Fetal Selves." Annual Meeting of the American Ethnological Society, Portland, OR. (March 25, 1999) With Lisa Mitchell

     
     

    "The Rhetorical Construction of Maternal and Fetal Selves." Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL. (November 18, 1999) With Lisa Mitchell

     
     

    "Greek Pronatalism and the Gendered Politics of Reproduction. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association Meetings, Philadelphia, Dec. 4, 1998." Paper presented at the 97th Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association Meetings, Philadelphia. (Dec. 4, 1998)

     
     Panelist
     

    Invited Panel Discussant and Panel Chair at International Conference on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece

     
     

    Invited Panel Discussant,  114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver

     
     

    Panel Discussant at Modern Greek Studies Association Symposium, Bloomington, IN

     
     

    Discussant, Panel on Biomedical Perspectives on Health Care, 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society, Montreal, November 16-20, 2011. 

     
     

    Food Sharing, the Open Body and the Social Body on the Island of Rhodes.  Paper presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society, Montreal, November 16-20, 2011. 

     
     

    "Changing Meanings of the Caesarean in Contemporary Greece in the Context of Very Low Fertility." Annual Meetings of the Society for Medical Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, CT. (September 26, 2009)

     
     

    "The Energy Ladder in Lesotho." 6th Annual Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Social and Economic Sustainability, University of Cuence, Cuenca, Ecuador. (January 5, 2010) With Lauren Smulcer

     
     Session Chair
     

    Revisiting Legacies of Gender and Sexuality in Greece in a Time of Neoliberal Crisis.  Panel organized and chaired at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society, Montreal, November 16-20, 2011. 

     
     Workshops
     

    "New Reproductive Technologies and Gender: A Workshop on Anthropological Approaches." Graduate Program in the Study of Women and Gender, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece. (July 13, 2006)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Modern Greek Studies. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2011 - 2017)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Modern Greek Studies. The Johns Hopkins University Press. (2012 - 2012)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Modern Greek Studies. Johns Hopkins . (2012 - 2012)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Modern Greek Studies. Johns Hopkins University Press. (2011 - 2017)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Beverly Miller, Ph.D. Relativism and Rage. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Andrea Frolic, Ph.D. TBA. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Sherife Ayla Samli, PhD Containing the Future: Modern Identities as Material Negotiation in the Urban Ceyiz. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Laura Jones, PhD "Over the Moon: Extended-Cycle Contraception and the Recent Evolution of Medicine and Womanhood.". (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Ekaterina Belousova, PhD Waterbirth and Russian-American Exchange: From the Iron Curtain to Facebook . (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Tina Palivos, PhD Death in Athens: Muslim Immigrants and Burial Ritual . (2107) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (2010)

     Norman and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for the Best Project in the Area of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Press (2008)

     Summer Reseach Methods Training Fellow, National Science Foundation (July 25-July 31, 2005)

     Rice Nominee, (2004)

     Member of Dissertation Review Panel, National Science Foundation (2003-2004)

     Nicholas Salgo Award, (2002)

     Ruth Landes Award, (2001-2002)

     A Comparative Study of the Ultrasound Diagnosis of Fetal Anomaly in Greece and Canada, National Science Foundation Award (June 1, 1999--May 31, 2000)

    Positions Held
     Executive Board Member, Modern Greek Studies Association. (2012 - 2012)

     Edmund Keeley Book Prize Committee Member, Modern Greek Studies Association. (2012 - 2012)