Social anthropologist focusing on political anthropology and reproduction.
Irene Maffi is Professor of social anthropology at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne. She a s specialist of the Arab world. She has conducted research in two main domains: political anthropology and anthropology of reproduction.
She is the author of Pratiques du patrimoine et politiques de la mémoire en Jordanie. Entre récit dynastique et narrations communautaires (Practices of Cultural Heritage and the Politics of Memory in Jordan. Between dynastic history and communitarian narratives) (2004), of Women, Health and the State in the Middle East. The politics and culture of childbirth in Jordan (2012) and the editor, together with Rami Daher, of The Politics & Practices of Cultural Heritage in the Arab World: Positioning the Material Past in Contemporary Societies (2014).
Her latest articles focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights and the transformation of the family in Tunisia after the revolution of 2011. She is preparing a book on abortion and contraceptive practices in Tunisia that shall be published in 2018.