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Department of Social Anthropology



Fiona Wright has published on the anthropology of ethics and politics, and her research interests include the anthropology of social movements, humanitarianism, psychiatry, and kinship, and psychoanalytic, feminist and phenomenological theory.

She has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork with activists in Israel/Palestine, and her monograph entitled ’The Israeli Radical Left: An Ethics of Complicity’ was published with University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018.

She is currently a Research Associate on the ERC-funded project 'Situating Free Speech: European Parrhesia in Comparative Perspective’, for which she is researching the politics of voice and speech in mental health care in the UK


Key publications: 


2018.   The Israeli Radical Left: An Ethics of Complicity, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press


Peer-reviewed articles

2016,   'Palestine, My Love: The Ethico-Politics of Love and Mourning in Jewish Israeli Solidarity Activism', American Ethnologist, Vol. 43, No. 1, 130-143.

2016, 'Resistance', Entry in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology (eds) F. Stein, S. Lazar, M. Candea, H. Diemberger, J. Robbins, A. Sanchez & R. Stasch

2014,   'The Question of Others: Reflections on Anthropology and the “Jewish Question” ', Jewish Journal of Sociology, Special Issue: The Relevance of the Jewish Question in the 21st Century, Vol. 56, No. 1/2, 48-72.


Review essays

2019, Book review of Jarrett Zigon. 2018. 'Disappointment: toward a critical hermeneutics of worldbuilding', Ethnos, Vol. 84, No. 4, 741-743

2018, Book review of Athena Athanasiou. 2017. 'Agonistic mourning: political dissidence and the women in black'. Social Anthropology, Vol. 26, No. 2, 270-272.

2016,   Book review of Jon Soske and Sean Jacobs (eds.), ‘Apartheid Israel: The Politics of an Analogy’, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, Vol. 17, No. 4, 479-480.

2016,   Book review of Daniel Monterescu, ‘Jaffa Shared and Shattered: Contrived Coexistence in Israel/Palestine’, Indiana University Press, American Ethnologist, Vol. 43, No. 2, 395-396.

2013,   Book review of Lori Allen, ‘The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine’, Stanford University Press, 2013. Journal of Legal Anthropology Vol. 1, No. 13.

Teaching and Supervisions