Viola Hörbst

Viola Hörbst is currently a researcher at the Center for African and Brasilian Studies (CEAB), Higher Institute for Social and Political Studies (ISCSP) at the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL). She is Vice President of the Medical Anthropology Network within the European Association for Social Anthropology (EASA) as well as the principal investigator and coordinator of the research project Dynamics and Differences of Assisted Reproduction in Sub-Saharan Africa: Technology Transfer, Transnational Networks and Appropriation of Practices funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). She is also a member of the Portuguese research team within the EU-funded Project QUASER Quality and Safety in European Hospitals.

Concerning medical diversity, she is interested in the ways in which travelling biomedical technologies, in conjunction with an increasing transnationalisation and capitalisation of health and health care in post-colonial Africa, shape the locally specific appropriation of biomedical knowledge and practices and thus contribute to biomedical diversification(s). Moreover she is interested in how these processes of biomedical (re)configurations are negotiated and situated within international power relations in global health arenas. Further research interests include medical anthropology (infertility, relation of private and public health), political anthropology (globalisation, transnationalisation) and the anthropology of religion (media and Islam in Africa, religious healing and authorities).


Publications include:

(2012) Assisted reproductive technologies in Mali: asymmetries and frictions. In: Knecht, M., M. Klotz and S. Beck (eds.): IVF as global Form. Ethnographies of Knowledge, Practices, and Transnational Encounters. Frankfurt a. M. and New York: Campus, 120-148.

(2010a) Male perspectives on infertility and assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in sub-Saharan contexts. Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn, 2010, MONOGRAPH VIII: 22-27.

(2008a) Focusing Male Infertility in Mali: Kinship and Impacts on Biomedical Practice in Bamako. In: Brockopp, J. and T. Eich (eds): Muslim Medical Ethics: Theory and Practice. South Carolina, South Carolina University Press, 118-137.

(2006) Hörbst, V. and S. Schuster (eds.): Reproductive Disruptions: African Perspectives. Themenschwerpunktheft. Curare, Vol. 29 (1).