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Reproductive Sociology Research Group


Dr Siobhan Magee is a social anthropologist who has carried out research in Poland and the UK. After completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh (2013), she worked as a design anthropologist on a collaborative project between UCL, Edinburgh, and Oxfam UK. Siobhan was then a 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. She now teaches at the University of Groningen.

Siobhan's research asks how kinship and relatedness factor into how groups and societies are reproduced over time and, in particular, from generation to generation. She considers material culture, class, and inheritance vital topics with which to frame this question. While publishing from her doctoral research on fur and intergenerational relations in Poland, Siobhan has also recently begun to write about representations of gender and parenthood in US graphic novels.


Key publications: 

(Forthcoming 2016) Magee, S. 'An "excess of the normal": luxury and difference in Polish fur critique.' Journal of Material Culture.

Magee, S. 2015. 'Of love and fur: grandmothers, class, and inheritance in a southern Polish city'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 21, issue 1, pages 66-85.


Magee, S. 2015 'Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto, and Rachel Charlotte Smith (eds.) Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice'. Journal of Design HistoryVol. 28, Issue 4, pages 453-455.


Magee, S. 2015. 'Yuson Jung, Jakob A. Klein, and Melissa L. Caldwell (eds.) Ethical Eating in the Postsocialist and Socialist World'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 21, Issue 3, pages 691–692.


Magee, S. 2015. 'Tansy E. Hoskins' Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion'. Allegra Laboratory. Published online 11/02/15.


Magee, S. 2015. 'Jessica Choate Robbins' "Personhood in Places: Aging, Memory, and Relatedness in Postsocialist Poland"'. Dissertation Reviews, No. 11135.


Magee, S. 2014. 'Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Marcus Foth and Greg Hearn's Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions'. The LSE Review of Books. Published online 18/11/14.


Magee, S. 2014. 'Kaori O'Connor's The English Breakfast: The Biography of a National Meal'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 20, issue 4, pages 794–795.


Magee, S. 2014. 'Karen Tranberg Hansen and D. Soyini Madison (eds.) African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 20, issue 4, pages 786­–787.


Magee, S. 2014. 'Helen Jefferson Lenskyj's Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics: No More Rainbows'. The LSE Review of Books. Published online 14/10/14.


Magee, S. 2013. 'Erica L. Tucker's Remembering Occupied Warsaw', Journal of the Royal

Anthropological Institute, Vol. 19, issue 2, pages 421–422.

Dr. Siobhan  Magee

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