Partnership voor Langdurige Zorg en Dementie

Lecture anthropologist Janelle Taylor

21 augustus 2014

We are very exited to announce the visit of Janelle Taylor to the university of Amsterdam. On 8 September 15.30-17.00 she will give a lecture entitled 'Dementia and friendship' open to all. Please sign up with Annelieke Driessen ( so that we know what room to reserve. Further details will then be sent to you by email

Janelle Taylor (University of Washington) is a sociocultural anthropologist using ethnographic methods to study health, illness, medical education and medical practice. Her research focuses on dementia, questions of visibility, recognition and care. Common to all her projects is a concern to document and understand how ‘persons’ are socially made (and unmade), how representations relate to social practices, and how mediations happen between distinct systems of value.
Title: Dementia and friendship.

This is an exploration of first ideas on a project Janelle Taylor is about to start. The project asks what happens to friendship when people develop dementia. Hardly anything is known about the topic. Do friendships hold when one of the friends falls ill? In what ways do friends care for their forgetful friends? In what ways could friendships be important to people with dementia, and what might be political consequences of thinking about friendship in the context of dementia?

This lecture is part of a three day Short Intensive Course (SIC) entitled 'SIC Bodies and Care', for PhDs of the University of Amsterdam, the AMC and the University of Copenhagen.
For more information and/or to sign up contact Annelieke Driessen: hope to welcome you all at this wonderful occasion!
Silke Hoppe
Jeannette Pols
Annelieke Driessen