Christopher Davis

Christopher Davis is an anthropologist recently retired after many years teaching, first at the University of Michigan and then at SOAS. Her formative research was among the Tabwa living along Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has been the foundation for her perspectives on and teaching of both general and medical anthropology as well as her approach to social theory. Her book, Death in Abeyance, was based on this research and won the RAI’s Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems. Other projects have concerned the emergence of niche perfumery in the context of social media, and the complex interspecies relationships linking human beings and wolves.

For a number of years, she was also involved in the production of documentaries for television through her company, Blackstone Pictures. One film, “Rwanda – the Betrayal” won the Amnesty International UK Media award for best television documentary. More recently, she has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s flagship arts & cultural events programme, Saturday Review, and has also made occasional contributions to other BBC radio arts programmes.