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Tobias Rees


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), 2010.

Relevant Publications

T. Rees, “So Plastic a Brain: On Philosophy, Fieldwork in Philosophy, and Adult Cerebral Plasticity,” in: BioSocieties, pp. 263-267, 2011.

T. Rees, “Humanity/Plan –– On the Stateless Today (Also Being an Anthropology of Global Health),” in: Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 457-478, 2014.

T. Rees, “Developmental Diseases: An Introduction to the Neurological Human (in Motion),” in: American Ethnologist, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 161-174, 2015.


T. Rees et al., Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008

T. Rees, Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of the Effort to Think the Adult Human Brain in Embryogenetic Terms, forthcoming with the University of California Press, 2016.

T. Rees After Ethnos. Forthcoming with the University of California Press. 2017.

T. Rees On How the Brain Outgrew Its Histories. Forthcoming with the University of Fordham Press. 2017.


Fellow Humans & the Microbiome


McGill UniversityDepartment of Social Studies of Medicine


PhD, 2006 University of California at Berkeley

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007 University of Freiburg, Germany



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