Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Kristina Baines gave a guest lecture titled, “Embodied Ecological Heritage: Health, Happiness and Identity” at York University in Toronto, Canada on January 22. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Dahdahleh Institute of Global Health Research and the Department of Anthropology at York University. It was well-attended by interdisciplinary public health and global health scholars.
Dr. Baines focused on explaining the development and operationalization of her research framework, embodied ecological heritage (EEH), which she developed to capture how ecological practices play a critical role in understanding health, particularly in indigenous communities. The question and discussion portion of the lecture was lively and stimulating, focusing on the EEH framework and health practices and services in the Maya community in Belize where Baines’ research is ongoing. She welcomed the opportunity to bring social research driven by ethnography and anthropological theory to global health scholars, and to bring indigenous voices into the room.
After the lecture, Dr. Baines met with graduate students in the Department of Anthropology and discussed the strength of ethnography as a foundational method in Anthropology.