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Siobhan Magee

Siobhan Magee
Dr Siobhan Magee
Lecturer in Social Anthropology
G.3 22a Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LN
Research Interests
Kinship and relatedness, Marriage, History and Memory, Gender and Sexuality, Material Culture, United States, Poland, Political and economic anthropology, Legal anthropology, Food and clothing industries

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Please contact me by email if you would like to arrange a meeting.

Biographical statement

I am currently a Research Fellow (2017-2020) on the European Research Council-funded project 'A Global Anthropology of Transforming Marriage' (AGATM, PI Professor Janet Carsten). In 2017 and 2018, I carried out research on some of the ideas, practices, and histories surrounding marriage in Virginia, USA. 

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Before taking on this role, I worked between Informatics and ECA on a design anthropology project about secondhand goods and 'the Internet of Things', held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and taught at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands.

My doctoral work was about fur clothing and intergenerational relationships in Poland. 

I am an Affiliated Scholar of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group at the University of Cambridge and Co-Editor of Anthropology Matters Journal.



(Forthcoming) Material culture and kinship in Poland: An ethnography of fur and society. Bloomsbury.


(Forthcoming) 'Drawing the adult child: US graphic memoir and the anthropologies of kinship and personhood'. Anthropology and Humanism.

(Forthcoming)  ‘‘To be one’s own boss’:  Exceptional entrepreneurs and products that sell themselves in urban Poland’. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology special issue ‘The Anthropology of Selling’.

2018 'Not your milk...', on Kathryn Gillespie's The cow with ear tag #1389 and Michael Taussig's Palma Africana. Times Literary Supplement, November 27.

2017 'Catholic in Kraków? Fur, the ethic of attribution, and when non-religious things conform to religious aesthetics'. World Art special issue ‘Aesthetics and Ethics: Anthropological Perspectives’. Vol. 7, issue 2, pages 307-327.

2016  ‘An “excess of the normal”: luxury and difference in Polish fur critique.’ Journal of Material Culture. Vol 21. 1ssue 3, pages 277 – 295.

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.

*Discussed on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, 25 March 2015.

*Featured in Dolores Koenig’s American Anthropologist review of 2015’s notable journal articles.

Book Chapters

‘Inheritance’ in H. Callan (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 

‘Kinship: socio-cultural approaches: recent approaches’ in H. Callan (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 

‘Relatedness’ in H. Callan (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Book Reviews

2017   ‘Agnieszka Pasieka’s Hierarchy and Pluralism: Living Religious Difference in Catholic Poland.’ Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 23, Issue 1, pages 213-214.

2015 ‘Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto, and Rachel Charlotte Smith (eds.) Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice’. Journal of Design History Vol. 28, Issue 4, pages 453-455.

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.

2015  ‘Tansy E. Hoskins’ Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’. Allegra Laboratory. Published online 11/02/15.

2015 ‘Jessica Choate Robbins’ “Personhood in Places: Aging, Memory, and  Relatedness in Postsocialist Poland”’. Dissertation Reviews, No. 11135.

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.

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.

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.

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. *Reposted on the Democratic Audit Blog 26/10/14,

2013  ‘Erica L. Tucker’s Remembering Occupied Warsaw, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 19, issue 2, pages 421–422.

Selected Conference Proceedings from Design Anthropology Projects

2015  Magee, S. F. Tynan-O’Mahony, M. De Jode, M. Hartswood, E. Laurier, C. Speed. ‘The Haggle-O-Tron: Re-inventing Economic Transactions in Secondhand Retail’. Proceedings of Creativity and Cognition 2015: Computers, Art, Data.

2014 Speed, C, Magee, S, Maxwell, D & Hartswood, M, 'Exploring incentivisation in design'. NordiCHI '14 Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. ACM Association for Computing Machinery, pages. 845-848.

Topics interested in supervising

I would be happy to discuss potential projects related to any of my research interests.

If you are interested in being supervised by Siobhan Magee, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology; MSc (R) Social Anthropology