Rafael Wainer

  • Ethnography of medical institutions.
  • Quality of Life during cancer treatment.
  • End-of-life and decision-making process.
  • Pediatric Palliative Care.
  • Corporeal and subjective experience of cancer treatment.
  • Pediatric pain and the complexities of dealing with pain among children, families, and health care providers.
  • Cancer survivorship and the aftermath of cancer treatment.

Rafael has a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from UBC specializing in children’s cancer experience throughout treatment. He works with health care providers, children and families in Argentina. He is interested in questions of subjectivity, capacity for action, the body, social care, and the limits to medical knowledge and practice. As an instructor at the Anthropology Department Rafael teaches courses on Medical Anthropology and Contemporary Anthropological Problems.

2013 The Dignity of Children: How to Evaluate Bodies’ (Im)Permeability. InReframing Disability and Quality of Life. Narelle Warren and Lenore Manderson, eds. Pp. 61– 78. Social Indicators Research Series, 52. Springer Netherlands.

2011 Death, Dying, and Biomedicine: “Thinking with Film” as a Teaching Resource for Medical Anthropologists. Anthropology News. Society for Medical Anthropology Section. 52(9): 40, December.

2010 La bio-política de los transplantes o ¿Qué está detrás de la “Salvación de Vidas”? Cuadernos del Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano 2008/2010. Pp. 251-254. ISSN 0570-8346.

2009a  Roman, Leslie; Noble, Steve; Wainer, Rafael and Young, Alannah. No Time for Nostalgia: Asylums, Residential Schools, Medicalized Colonialism in British Columbia (1859-1897) and Artistic Praxis for Social Transformation. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22(1): 17-63.

2009b  Sobre acciones, silencios y un sentido de humor particular en un equipo de cuidados paliativos. AIBR, Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana, 4(3): 409-442. ISSN in Elect. Ed.: 1578-9705. ISSN in Press Ed.: 1695-9752

2008 Acompañando a la gente en el último momento de su vida: reflexiones en torno a la construcción paliativista de la dignidad en el final de la vida. Runa, Ene./Dic. 2008, Vol.28, p.111-140. ISSN 0325-1217.

2005a  “‘Yo No Te Puedo Decir Cuánto sino Cómo.’ Construcción y Manejo de la Esperanza en el Final de la Vida, desde la Perspectiva Profesional de un Equipo de Cuidados Paliativos.” ANUARIO DE ESTUDIOS EN ANTROPOLOGÍA SOCIAL, 2004. Centro de Antropología Social del IDES y Editorial Antropofagia, Buenos Aires, pp. 187-197. ISSN 1669-5186.

2005b  Ampliando el campo semántico de los transplantes, o cómo construir un “lenguaje divergente de la retórica médica de sacrificios, donaciones, altruismo, y salvación de vidas”. Potlatch 2(3): 150-156. ISSN 1668-7191.

ANTH 202A 001 Contemporary Social Problems
ANTH 227 001 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Graduate Student Research Award. UBC. (2014)
Faculty of Arts Graduate Award. UBC. (2011/12/13)
“Bottom Billion” Fieldwork Fund. Liu Institute for Global Issues. UBC. (2011)
UBC Mobility Award. UBC. (2011)
Catherine Pouget (Palliative Care) Award “Honorable Mention” (2011)
Four-Year Fellowship. UBC. (2009/2012)
Faculty of Arts Graduate Award. Entrance Scholarship. UBC. (2008)
University of BC Graduate Fellowship. UBC. (2007/2008)