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Denielle A Elliott

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Department of Anthropology
Department of Social Science

Associate Professor
Deputy Director, Tubman Institute

Office: 311 York Lanes
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext: 77823
Email: dae@yorku.ca
Primary website: www.undisciplinedethnography.ca
Secondary website: Centre for Imaginative Ethnography


Denielle Elliott is a Cultural Anthropologist who works in indigenous and postcolonial science studies, the anthropology of biomedicine, and experimental ethnography. Her work explores the intersections of govermentality, spatiality, and therapeutic technologies in both urban Canada and East Africa.

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She is currently working on two related projects. The first is a social history of Kenyan scientist Davy Koech and his contribution to nation-building in postcolonial East Africa. The second is a collaborative project exploring the KEMRI 6 court case in Nairobi – a project that examines the entanglements of constitutional reform, transnational medical networks, the politics of race, and precarious labour. She recently received funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for a new project, Neurological Imaginaries, to start in Fall 2017. In urban Canada she has explored the unintended consequences of a declaration of a public health emergency, focusing on injection drug users and AIDS, in Vancouver’s impoverished inner city community. In this area she has published on the politics of statistical evidence, the supervised injection site, and state medical interventions for the urban poor. Dr. Elliott also has an interest in literary ethnographic writing, and the use of creative and visual arts in ethnographic practice. She is a founding member of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography – an interdisciplinary, research collective dedicated to new scholarship fusing creative arts, social theory, and social research. She has held research funds from British Columbia Medical Services Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation in Anthropological Research.

Websites

Graduate Programs

• Graduate Faculty, Department of Anthropology: http://anth.laps.yorku.ca
• Graduate Faculty in Science and Technology Studies: http://sts.gradstudies.yorku.ca/

Additional Profiles

• Centre for Imaginative Ethnography: http://imaginativeethnography.org
• Academia.edu Profile: http://yorku.academia.edu/DenielleElliott

Area of Specialization

Cultural Anthropology; African Studies; Urban Anthropology; Postcolonialism and Colonialism; Science and Technology Studies

Degrees

Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

Research Interests

Anthropology , Community-Based Research, Urban Ethnography; Literary Ethnography and Storytelling, Colonialism and Postcolonialism, Medicine, Science and Technology
Books

Publication
Year

2018 Reimagining Science and Statecraft in Postcolonial Kenya: Stories from an African Scientist. London: Routledge Press.

2019

Denielle Elliott and Dara Culhane A Different Kind of Ethnography (UTP, Toronto).

2016


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4144 6.0 A Engaging Health in the Community SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4144 6.0 A Engaging Health in the Community SEMR
Winter 2021 GS/ANTH6020 3.0 M Advanced Methods In Anthropology SEMR


Denielle Elliott is a Cultural Anthropologist who works in indigenous and postcolonial science studies, the anthropology of biomedicine, and experimental ethnography. Her work explores the intersections of govermentality, spatiality, and therapeutic technologies in both urban Canada and East Africa.

She is currently working on two related projects. The first is a social history of Kenyan scientist Davy Koech and his contribution to nation-building in postcolonial East Africa. The second is a collaborative project exploring the KEMRI 6 court case in Nairobi – a project that examines the entanglements of constitutional reform, transnational medical networks, the politics of race, and precarious labour. She recently received funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for a new project, Neurological Imaginaries, to start in Fall 2017. In urban Canada she has explored the unintended consequences of a declaration of a public health emergency, focusing on injection drug users and AIDS, in Vancouver’s impoverished inner city community. In this area she has published on the politics of statistical evidence, the supervised injection site, and state medical interventions for the urban poor. Dr. Elliott also has an interest in literary ethnographic writing, and the use of creative and visual arts in ethnographic practice. She is a founding member of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography – an interdisciplinary, research collective dedicated to new scholarship fusing creative arts, social theory, and social research. She has held research funds from British Columbia Medical Services Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation in Anthropological Research.

Websites

Graduate Programs

• Graduate Faculty, Department of Anthropology: http://anth.laps.yorku.ca
• Graduate Faculty in Science and Technology Studies: http://sts.gradstudies.yorku.ca/

Additional Profiles

• Centre for Imaginative Ethnography: http://imaginativeethnography.org
• Academia.edu Profile: http://yorku.academia.edu/DenielleElliott

Area of Specialization

Cultural Anthropology; African Studies; Urban Anthropology; Postcolonialism and Colonialism; Science and Technology Studies

Degrees

Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

Research Interests

Anthropology , Community-Based Research, Urban Ethnography; Literary Ethnography and Storytelling, Colonialism and Postcolonialism, Medicine, Science and Technology

All Publications


Books

Publication
Year

2018 Reimagining Science and Statecraft in Postcolonial Kenya: Stories from an African Scientist. London: Routledge Press.

2019

Denielle Elliott and Dara Culhane A Different Kind of Ethnography (UTP, Toronto).

2016


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4144 6.0 A Engaging Health in the Community SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/SOSC4144 6.0 A Engaging Health in the Community SEMR
Winter 2021 GS/ANTH6020 3.0 M Advanced Methods In Anthropology SEMR