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Tine Gammeltoft

Tine Gammeltoft



Global health; sexual and reproductive health; gender, kinship, sexuality; globalization and development; social studies of science; ethnographic methods; critical theory; feminist theory; medical anthropology; the anthropology of Asia.

Primary fields of research

The research I conduct is driven by a general interest in the social forces that shape human health. In my ethnographic research I focus particularly on sexual and reproductive health, exploring how sexuality and childbearing become arenas for the making of selves and the forging of social relations. I am particularly interested in the development of theories that allow us to grasp both the intimacies of human existence and the structural conditions that shape everyday lives. In my latest book Haunting Images: A Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam (2014) I examine how new technologies for reproductive selection are used by the state as well as by individuals in Vietnam, highlighting the ways in which advancing biomedical technologies engage with long-standing patterns of attachment, dependency, and power. 

I am a member of the researcher group Health and Life Conditions.

Current research

I am currently responsible for the research project The Impact of Violence on Reproductive Health in Tanzania and Vietnam (2013-2018). This is an interdisciplinary project funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project is conducted in collaboration between the Department of Anthropology (University of Copenhagen), the Department of Public Health (University of Copenhagen), the Department of Clinical Research (University of Southern Denmark), Hanoi Medical University (Vietnam), and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (Tanzania). By combining epidemiological and ethnographic research methods we explore how violence exercised within intimate relations affects women’s sexual and reproductive health and the health of newborns. The project is carried out in Tanzania and Vietnam and places particular emphasis on enhancement of research capacity through a strengthening of interdisciplinary research skills.

I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Reproductive Health Matters and a member of the Advisory Group to the Western European Reproductive Rights Network. 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Haunting Images: A Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam

    Gammeltoft, T. Feb 2014 Berkeley: University of California Press. 336 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Published

    Toward an Anthropology of the Imaginary: Specters of Disability in Vietnam

    Gammeltoft, T. 2014 In : ETHOS: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. 42, 2, p. 153-174 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    Selective Reproductive Technologies

    Gammeltoft, T. & Wahlberg, A. 2014 In : Annual Review of Anthropology. 43, p. 201-216 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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