Anthropology Faculty

John M. Janzen

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Will become Professor Emeritus end of May 2014.
Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Ph.D., Chicago 1967

Research Areas: Social anthropology, medical anthropology, semiotics, violence, trauma and healing; Central Africa, Euro-American Mennonites | Fraser Hall, #635 | (785) 864-2642

John M. Janzen researches and writes on the socio-cultural dimensions of African health and healing, and theoretical issues in medical anthropology. He has studied healing traditions in Africa, their characteristics and interactions between them. In projects and works-mainly in Central Africa-- he has explored the construction of healing narratives and institutions. Currently he works with other scholars on postwar trauma healing in African conflicts and on therapies and restorative social arrangements within African diaspora communities in the United States. He directs the Center's project on Identity, Voice, and Community: New African Immigrants in Kansas sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Since 1998 he has directed of the Kansas_African_Studies_Center at the University of Kansas.

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