Janice Boddy

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Janice Boddy is a Canadian anthropologist, currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Boddy specializes in medical anthropology, religion, gender issues and colonialism in Sudan and the Middle East. She is the author or co-author of Wombs and Alien Spirits (1990), Aman: The Story of a Somali Girl (1995) and Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan (2007).[1]

Janice Boddy urges for a cultural contextualization of female genital mutilation in Africa by those who wish to eradicate it, in her paper Womb as oasis: the symbolic context of Pharaonic circumcision in rural Northern Sudan.

Boddy obtained her BA from McGill University, her MA from the University of Calgary and, in 1982, her PhD from the University of British Columbia.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Janice Boddy", Department of Anthropology; also at Department of Religion, University of Toronto.

Further reading[edit]

  • Luhrman, Tanya. "Women Possessed", The New York Times, 25 March 1990 (review of Wombs and Alien Spirits).