Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar
tobias.rees [at] mcgill.ca | 514-398-2893 | 3647 Peel, room 205
Tobias Rees studied anthropology and philosophy in Germany and neurobiology in France. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Berkeley (2006). In 2009, after he held positions at both the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, he joined McGill. Tobias is both a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR) and of the Berggruen Institute (Los Angeles).
Prof. Rees’ expertise lies at the intersection of anthropology, art history, the history of science, and the philosophy of modernity and concerns the study of knowledge/thought. More specifically, he is interested in how categories that order knowledge mutate over time –– because of humans, microbes, snails, the weather, AI or other events –– and in what effects these mutations have on conceptions of the human/the real.
The main areas of Professor Rees’ research have been the brain sciences, global health, snails, the microbiome, and AI.
Designs for an Anthropology of the Contemporary, Durham: Duke University Press, 2008 (together with Paul Rabinow, George Marcus, & James Faubion).
Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of the Effort to Think the Adult Human Brain in Embryogenetic Terms, forthcoming with the University of California Press, 2016.
After Ethnos. Duke University Press. 2018.