Johanna Gonçalves Martín
is an anthropologist and medical doctor from Venezuela, currently finishing her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and with an MSc in Disease Control from the Tropical Institute of Medicine in Antwerp. She worked for several years as a clinical doctor amongst the Yanomami people in southern Venezuela, where she was simultaneously conducting epidemiological research on malaria and was extensively involved in the design and implementation of a training course for Yanomami community health agents. For her PhD project, she worked on Yanomami cosmology and practices of reproduction and fertility, examining the translations and tensions that arise at the intersection with doctors and their practices of sexual and reproductive health, in relation with the global circulation of biomedical health policies. Apart from her focus on indigenous people’s health and global practices of reproductive care, her research interests include more broadly: gender, embodiment, care as a social practice, ritual and healing, intercultural and interdisciplinary translations. She has been a consultant for the Ministry of Health and Indigenous People’s Health Office in Venezuela on interculturality and reproductive care. She is currently starting a project on reproductive health care for refugees based at the Dresden Technical University Hospital in Germany.