Dr. Anita Schroven studied Social and Cultural Anthropology, Politics and Economics at the Universities of Göttingen and Sussex and received her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. She conducted ethnographic fieldwork on international interventions and gender mainstreaming policies in Sierra Leone and Liberia and researched state-society relations in Guinea, focusing on governmental reform projects and the relevance of local and national histories in their negotiations.
With the research group "Cultural Constitution of Causal Cognition" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University, Anita explored the relevance of cultural differences in diagnosing and healing. Currently at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, she is researching the effects of the Ebola outbreak and ensuing interventions on West African societies in a comparative manner, including generational and gender components. At the same time, Anita is studying biomedical interventions in epidemic outbreak settings.