University of Heidelberg

Patricia Junge

Patricia Junge

After graduating in Social Anthropology from the University of Chile in Santiago, Patricia developed her interests between academic and independent work. She has worked as research assistant at the University of Chile, and as lecturer and researcher at the Magellan University in Punta Arenas, Chile, in the areas of Medical Anthropology, Intercultural Education and Identity. Besides, she worked independently as collaborator in cultural newsletters, non-profit organizations and documentaries. Between 2006 and 2009 Patricia worked for the government of Magellan Region in Chile, as coordinator of the social component of a program focussing on improving the living conditions of vulnerable neighborhoods of the city of Punta Arenas. Patricia received two grants of the Chilean national found for culture and arts (FONDART) to write two books published in 2006: "La Mirada Com-unitaria: Vínculos entre la ciencia occidental post-moderna y las sabidurías ancestrales aymara y mapuche", based on her degree research; and "Memorias de mi Región: Cinco Corazones para un Regalo Mágico", where she worked together with a painter and a writer to develop a children tales’ book based on life histories of people carrying out traditional trades of the Chilean Patagonia. Being in Chile she started studying Ayurveda, motivated by her interest in the growing presence of Asian Medical Systems in South America, and particularly in Chile. In 2009 she was awarded with a scholarship of the Chilean government, in cooperation with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), to join the MAHASSA Program in 2010. She graduated from Mahassa with a thesis on the contemporary practice of Ayurveda in India. Currently, Patricia is working on her dissertation on medical pluralism in Chile, under the supervision of Prof. William Sax.

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