Karine Vanthuyne


Karine Vanthuyne
Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Room: Social Science Building, FSS10029 (120 University)
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1193
Work E-mail: karine.vanthuyne@uottawa.ca

Karine Vanthuyne


Current Research Interests

  • Human Rights
  • "Transitionnal justice"
  • Extractive development
  • Access to health care services
  • Memories
  • Identity
  • Decolonisation
  • Ethics

At the crossroads of medical and political anthropology, Karine Vanthuyne's research focuses on memory, identity and indigenous political mobilization on the one hand, and access to health care services for undocumented migrants on the other. In Guatemala, she has examined how the Chuj are engaging with genocide court cases coordinated by a human rights organization. In Canada, she is examining how the Quebec James Bay Crees are participating, or not, in the reparation programs that the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement has given birth to. In collaboration with indigenous leaders and other Canadian researchers, she is also currently documenting how the colonial history and decolonization processes of the Guatemalan Mam and the Quebec Crees are differently encoding their practices of engagement with, or opposition to, mining projects. Her other area of research, conducted in collaboration with community actors and other Canadian researchers in Montreal and Ottawa, analyses the moral dilemmas faced by health workers when they have to decide to what extent they will offer access to their services to migrants with precarious administrative status.

University Degrees 

  • Ph.D., Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, 2009
  • DEA, Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, 2003
  • M.A., Medical Anthropology, McGill University, Montréal, 2002
  • B.A., Joint Honours in Anthropology and International Development Studies, McGill University, Montréal, 1999
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