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Ignacia Arteaga

Ignacia Arteaga

Teaching Associate and Affiliated Lecturer

Philomathia Post-Doctoral Research Associate


I graduated from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile with a BA (Hons.) in Sociology and came to the UK to pursue postgraduate studies in Social Anthropology. I hold an MSc. in Medical Anthropology (2014) and a PhD in Anthropology (2018) from University College London. My main research interest is in caregiving — its practices, possibilities and limits in different institutions and political economies. I explore this theme ethnographically. In the last seven years, I have looked at experiences of ageing, youth, disability and life-threatening medical conditions cross-culturally. My PhD thesis examined the everyday lives of colorectal cancer treatments in London (UK) through an analysis of the caregiving practices that both structure the treatment pathway and afford research participants the possibility of ‘getting on with life’.   

I am currently a teaching associate and affiliated lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Alongside my teaching role, I am preparing research outputs in the form of peer-reviewed papers, a special issue, and a book manuscript based on my doctoral research, also co-organising a multidisciplinary workshop on practices of disease stratification. From July 2019, I will be working with Dr Maryon McDonald and Dr Perveez Mody on a project related to the early detection of cancer in the UK, undertaking ethnographic research within a broad field that concerns the development of diagnostic technologies through to their clinical use and social effects.

Research Interests

Ignacia’s research interests include anthropology of biomedicine, anthropology of care, multi-species ethnography and the embodiment of social inequalities.

Key Publications

(In preparation) Arteaga, I. Gibbon, S., Lanceley (Eds) Special issue `Transformations in cancer care: Values, limits, subjectivities’.

(Under review) Arteaga, I. Emotion work in cancer care. Medical Anthropology Journal.

2018:  From attitudes to materialities: Understanding bowel control for colorectal cancer patients in London. Medical Materialities, edited by Parkhurst, A. and Carrol, T. London: Routledge. 

2018:  Book Review: Metrics: What counts as Global Health, edited by Adams, V.] Medicine Anthropology Theory

2017:  Risor, H and I. Arteaga. Disjunctive Belongings and the Utopia of Intimacy: Violence, Love and Friendship among poor urban youth in neoliberal Chile. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power [Special Issue Youth, Subjectivity and Utopia – Ethnographic Perspectives from the Global South] 

2017:  Book Review: An anthropology of lying: Information in the doctor-patient relationship, by Fainzang, S.] Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 23 (2), 426-427.