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Megan Graham

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. Anthropology (Carleton)

Research Interests

• Medical anthropology, phenomenology, ethnography
• Biomedicalization, biopolitics of care, ethics
• Dementia, sociality, gender, and identity
• Environments of ageing
• Arts in health and creative arts therapies
• Sound studies

Current Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

As a medical anthropologist, my research focuses on social constructions of the body and social determinants of health and illness. My research programs capture the biomedicalization of the ageing body on both local and global scales through a critical phenomenological lens. This work investigates the biopolitics of care, visibility and ethics in care for people living with dementia. My research explores the intersection of ageing, care, and the performance of gender and identities, particularly among later life veterans.

Current research projects explore the intersection of sociality, identity, and engagement with the creative arts among people living with dementia. My research aims to contribute insights about the social dimensions of ageing, the experience of living with dementia, and the social practices of care for later life adults.

Selected Publications

Graham, M.E. (2019). Long-term care as contested acoustical space: Exploring resident relationships and identities in sound. Building Acoustics. Published online ahead of print.

Graham, M.E., & Fabricius, A. (2019). Against environmental anaesthesia: A magnetic participative art installation on a secure special behaviour unit. Arts & Health. Published online ahead of print.

Graham, M.E. (2019). The securitisation of dementia: Socialities of securitisation on secure dementia care units. Ageing & Society. Published online ahead of print.

Graham, M.E. (2019). Re-socialising sound: Investigating sound, selfhood and intersubjectivity among people living with dementia in long-term care. Sound Studies, 5(2), 175-190.

Graham, M.E., & Fabricius, A. (2018). Vital correspondence: Exploring tactile experience with resident-focused mandalas in long-term care. Dementia. Published online ahead of print.

Graham, M.E., & Fabricius, A. (2018). Painting in situ: A report on the benefits of live mural painting for residents on two secure long-term care dementia units. Arts & Health, 10(3), 257-273.

Graham, M.E. (2017). Arts-inspired participant observation in ethnographic fieldwork: Researching the experience of movement in long-term care. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Graham, M.E. (2017). From wandering to wayfaring: Reconsidering movement in people with dementia in long-term care. Dementia, 16(6): 732-749.

Graham, M.E. (2016). The voices of Iris: Cinematic representations of the aged woman and Alzheimer’s disease in Iris (2001). Dementia, 15(5): 1171-1183.