Tobias Rees

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies of Medicine

McGill University

Tobias Rees is Assistant Professor of Anthropology with a dual appointment in the Departments of Social Studies of Medicine and Anthropology. Prior to joining the McGill Faculty he held positions at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland). Professor Rees’ expertise lies at the intersection of anthropology, art history, history of science, and the philosophy of modernity and concerns the critical study of knowledge/thinking. More specifically, he is interested in how categories that order knowledge mutate over time (or differ across space) – and in what effects these mutations have on conceptions of the human. The main areas of Professor Rees’ research have been emergent phenomena in the life sciences and in medicine, with a particular focus on neurobiology/neuropharmacology. In addition to his work on science/medicine, he has a long-standing interest in the intellectual history of anthropology/ethnography – and in how it may unfold after its partial divorce from the philosophy of history.