Office: 3647 Peel St., Room 205
Email: tobias [dot] rees [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, Anthropology, 2006
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.
At present, Professor Rees is engaged in three distinct projects.
Plastic Reason: A study of the emergence of adult cerebral plasticity research – and of its impact on the neurological order of knowledge.
Foreign Moons of Reason: A genealogically organized catalogue raisonné of the effort to study categories of knowledge/thinking (involving anthropology, history of science, and philosophy).
Global Health Humanitarianism: An anthropological study of Global Health as an emergent form of knowledge.
2003: "Michel Foucaults Moderne. Von Epoche zu Ethos," in: Gottes und des Menschen Tod, ed. Chrisian Baur & Michael Hölzl, Mainz 2003, S. 3-10 (together with Paul Rabinow).
2004: "Anthropos plus Logos. Zum Projekt einer Anthropologie der Vernunft," in: Paul Rabinow, Anthropologie der Vernunft. Studien zu Wissenschaft und Lebensführung,ed. Carlo Caduff & Tobias Rees, Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 2004, pp. 7-29.
"Was ist Anthropologie? Einblicke in eine Denkwerkstatt," in: Paul Rabinow, Was ist Anthropologie?, ed. Carlo Caduff & Tobias Rees, Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 2004, pp. 164-170.
2005: "Entwürfe des Perspektivenwechsels. Zur Genese von Fritz Kramers Ethnographiebegriff," in: Fritz W. Kramer, Schriften zur Ethnologie, ed. Tobias Rees, Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 2005, pp. 393-415.
2008: “Historische Epistemologie,” in: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 31 (3), 291-293.
Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008 (together with Paul Rabinow, George Marcus & James Faubion).
"Today, What is Anthropology? Exploring and Giving Shape to a Discipline in Motion," in: George Marcus, Paul Rabinow, James Faubion & Tobias Rees, Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary, Durham: (Duke University Press, 2008, pp. 1-12.
"In the Design Studio," in: George Marcus, Paul Rabinow, James Faubion & Tobias Rees, Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008, pp. 115-123.