MAS Symposium Lecture

Dr. Madeline Mant is a U of T assistant professor and has research focusing on the biocultural examination of health inequities in marginalized and institutionalized human groups through time.


She will be presenting her work: Bodies in the archives: Health, disease, pain, and persistence on paper at the MAS Symposium.



Anthropologists have increasingly looked to the archives to contextualize studies of the body, opening exciting avenues of collaborative research. Biocultural anthropological research investigating these “paper bodies” may draw upon sources such as hospital admittance records, seafaring crew agreements, arrest reports, and newspaper clippings. Further, skeletal and archival datasets may speak in concert, uncovering intimate aspects of individuals’ life and deathways. In this paper I will provide an overview of my ongoing research concerning archival bodies, exploring English hospital inpatients of the long 18th-century, 19th-century seafarers and sex workers, and records associated with 20th-century named anatomical collections.


March 15th 2023, 6:30pm at L.R. Wilson Hall 1056

Date(s) & Time(s)


March 15, 2023

6:30 pm -