Publications & Presentations



I am currently co-editing a special edition of Senses and Society with my pal Laurian Bowles. It is a critical reflection on the twenty-year anniversary of the publication of Sensory Scholarship by Paul Stoller. We are working on the intro right now, and finishing our chapter, which explores the affinities between sensory and feminist fieldwork methods.

I am also collaborating with Malcolm Burnley to produce a series of multimedia pieces that come from my ongoing collaboration with Amber Art & Design in Strawberry Mansion.

Finally, I am researching the history of industrial development along the Schuykill and Delaware Rivers as part of a fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia. This research is part of a constellation of ethnographic projects about contemporary Philadelphians’ relationships to the rivers.


Make of this Whatever You Want: Violence and Intimacy in the Photography of Zoe Strauss,” Photography and Culture, 2018. 

“Community Engagement in Precarious Times: When Ethnography Meets Socially Engaged Art.” Anthropology Now 8(2): 44-56, 2016.

Gendering the Burden of Care: Health Reform and the Paradox of Community Participation in Western Belize.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Volume 30(1): 100-121(22), 2016.

“Fracturing Feminism: Activism and Ethics in a Women’s Human Rights NGO.” In Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America. Crista Craven and Dana-Ain Davis, editors.  Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield), 2013.

Forthcoming: B. Uzwiak. 2019. “Fieldwork Refusal on Transnational Human Rights Terrain: Implications for Scholar-Activism.”  In Access Denied: When Anthropologists Cannot Enter the Field.  Emily Burns and Cristina Rocha, editors.

 Forthcoming: B. Uzwiak and L. Bowles. 2019. “Between Humility and Hubris: Sensory Reflections on Feminist Fieldwork.”  In The Sensuous and the Serious: Reflecting on 20 Years of Paul Stoller’s Sensuous Scholarship, A special issues of Senses and Society 15(3) , edited by Beth Uzwiak and Laurian Bowles.


On James Baldwin | Racism's Rage and Bitter Despair, James Baldwin's Heart

On Jamaica Kincaid | See Now Then: Jamaica Kincaid's Tidal Force

On Ghada Amer | Ghada Amer's Rainbow Girls

On Yaya's Story: The Quest for Well-being in the World (Paul Stoller. Chicago: University Press, 2014). Medicine Anthropology Theory, 2016.

On Specters of a School’s Closing (Pepón Osorio’s art installation about the closing of a Philadelphia public school). November 9, 2015.

On How a Revolutionary Art Became Official Culture: Murals, Museums, and the Mexican State (Mary K. Coffey. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012) Visual Studies.  19 Mar 2013.


B. Uzwiak with Cohabitation Strategies. 2015. Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge: An Action Research Project in South Philadelphia.  The City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program Restored Spaces Initiative.

“Convergences Between Ethnography and Socially Engaged Art.”  In Reflections on Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge: An Action Research Project in South Philadelphia.  The City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program Restored Spaces Initiative.

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Telling it Straight: Community Narratives and Primary Health Care in Cayo, Belize. Syracuse, New York: New City Community Press/Syracuse University Press (co-published with Siobhan Curran). 2010.

Mediating Gender Violence: ‘Witnessing Publics,’ Activism, and the Ethics of Human Rights Claim-Making (PhD Dissertation).


"Embodying Precarity: Using Applied Anthropology to Confront Academic Contingency.” Paper presented as part of the panel Contingent Academic Labor Matters, American Anthropology Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC. (2017)

"Envision Imprint: Weaving together socially engaged art, anthropology and activism." Paper presented as part of the panel Art, Activism and Anthropology: Engaging with Sensory/Sensible Politics, American Anthropology Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC. (2017)

Chair: Sensuous Scholarship, 20 Years Later: Reflections on the Scholarship of Paul Stoller.  Panel organized for the American Anthropology Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (2016)

“Between Humility and Hubris: Sensory Reflections on Feminist Fieldwork.” Paper presented at American Anthropology Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (2016)

“Neighborhood Perspectives on Community Participation in a Socially Engaged Art Process.” Public convening organized by the Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA. (2015)

“When the Personal Depoliticizes: Feminism, Narrative and Gender-Based Violence in Question,” Eastern Sociology Society Conference, New York City (2015)

 “Gender and National Belonging: Performing Transnational Indigeneity in Southern Belize.” Paper presented at In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization, University of London (2013)

“Mitigating Burnout, Engaging Activism: NGO Work and the Imperative of Hope.” Roundtable presentation at Future of NGO Studies Conference, Northern Illinois University's Center for NGO Leadership and Development (2013)

“Portrait Parlé: Speaking Visual Portraits of Race and Poverty.” Multimedia presentation at the American Anthropology Association Annual Meetings, Chicago, IL (2013)

“Community Health Narratives: Revealing the Structural Inequalities of Primary Health Sector Reform in Belize.” Paper presented as part of panel Narratives of Health Equity, Social Justice and Global Health Policy. Eastern Sociology Society Conference, New York City (2012)

“Applying Participatory Health Research to National Advocacy Strategies: Implications for Sexual Health and HIV Campaigns.” Organizer and presenter of daylong seminar and skill sharing for consortium of gender and social advocacy organizations in Belize; convened at Women’s Issues Network-Belize (WIN-Belize) in Belize City, Belize (2012)

 “Masking the Demise of Primary Health Care in Cayo, Belize: Community Health Decision-Making Amid Circulating Notions of Poor Health.” Paper presented at the British Medical Sociology Conference, Durham University, Durham, England (2011)

“From Research to Advocacy: Generating Community Participation in Health Policy Research and Primary Health Care.” Presentation and discussion convened at Galen University, Cayo, Belize (2010)

“Community Health Decision-Making in Cayo District, Belize: Gender, Culture, and Medical Pluralism in the Era of Neoliberal Health Sector Reform.” Poster presented at Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinarity, Society for Medical Anthropology Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2009)

“Constructing Violence against Indigenous Women within a Human Rights NGO.”  Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference, Tampa, FL (2007)

“Writhing Bodies Remembered: Technologies of Representation and the Embodied Memories of Domestic Violence Survivors.”  Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (2005)

“Violence and Shelter: Gendered Concerns of Neoliberal Self-Governance.” Paper presented at Translocality: Discussing Culture and Change in the 21st Century, The Society for the Anthropology of North America Annual Conference, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Mexico (2005)

“Gender, Migration, and Memory: Violence and the Transnational Subject.” Paper presented at Crossing Boundaries: International/Transnational Women’s Research Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (2005)