Annemarie Mol

Annemarie Mol

Annemarie Mol (born 13 September 1958 in Schaesberg) is a Dutch ethnographer and philosopher. She is the Professor of Anthropology of the Body at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[1] Winner of the Constantijn & Christiaan Huijgens Grant from the NWO in 1990 to study 'Differences in Medicine', she was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2010 to study 'The Eating Body in Western Practice and Theory'.[2]

She has helped to develop post-ANT/feminist understandings of science, technology and medicine. In her earlier work she explored the performativity of health care practices, argued that realities are generated within those practices, and noted that since practices differ, so too do realities. The body, as she expressed it, is multiple: it is more than one but it is also less than many (since the different versions of the body also overlap in health care practices).[3] This is an empirical argument about ontology (which is the branch of philosophy that explores being, existence, or the categories of being.) As a part of this she also developed the notion of 'ontological politics', arguing that since realities or the conditions of possibility vary between practices, this means that they are not given but might be changed.[4]

Annemarie Mol has written and worked with a range of scholars including John Law.[5]


In 2004 she received The Ludwik Fleck Prize (Society for Social Studies of Science, 4S), in 2004 for her book, The Body Multiple.[6]

In 2012 she was awarded the Spinoza Prize by the

  1. ^ Annemarie Mol home page
  2. ^ European Research Council: ERC in the Spotlight.
  3. ^ Annemarie Mol (2002), The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice, Durham, N. Ca., and London: Duke University Press.
  4. ^ Annemarie Mol, (1999) 'Ontological Politics: a Word and Some Questions', pages 74-89 in John Law and John Hassard (eds), Actor Network Theory and After, Oxford and Keele: Blackwell and the Sociological Review.
  5. ^ Lancaster University's Sociology Department: List of publications by John Law and co-authors
  6. ^ Ludwik Fleck Prize