anthropology of religion, medical anthropology, New Age and New Religious Movements , alternative communities, healing and health systems, late and post-Soviet esotericism and New Age

Anna Ozhiganova is an anthropologist with research interests concerning the intersections of religion, health, reproduction, and alternative social movements. She was a research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (IEA RAS), Moscow, where she received her PhD in Anthropology (Candidate of Sciences) in 2000. She worked also as a head of the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Anthropology and Bioethics, published by IEA RAS, and as a secretary of the Annual Symposium of the Association of Medical Anthropology (Russia). She is the author of New Religiosity in Modern Russia: Teachings, Forms and Practices (2006) and over 50 articles and book chapters on the Russian New Age as well as spiritual, social, and health aspects of the Russian homebirth movement. She taught the courses Social Anthropology, Theoretical Foundations of Social Anthropology, History of Religion, Anthropology of New Age and New Religious Movements from 2002 to 2015 as an associate professor at the Russian State University for Humanities (RSUH) and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

Ozhiganova, A. (2006). New Religiosity in Contemporary Russia: Doctrines, Organizations, and Practices. Moscow: IEA RAS (in co-authorship with Filippov, Yu.) (in Russian).

Ozhiganova, A. (2015). Children of New Age: Utopian Project of Anastasia Movement, State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide 2, pp. 262–286 (in Russian).

Ozhiganova, A. (2016). Health Magic in Russian New Age, In: Cotofana, Alexandra and James M. Nyce (eds.), Religion and Magic in Socialist and Post-socialist contexts. Vol.1. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag, pp.175–195.

Ozhiganova, A. (2021). The Birth of a New Human Being: The Utopian Project of the Late-Soviet Waterbirth Movement and its Inheritors. In: Davis-Floyd, R. (ed.), Birthing Techno-Sapiens: Human-Technology, Co-Evolution and the Future of Reproduction. NY: Routledge, pp. 193-207.

Ozhiganova, A (2022). Giving Birth to a Baby Dolphin: Esoteric Representations of Human-Dolphin Connections in the Late-Soviet Waterbirth Movement, Baltic Worlds 4, pp. 39-49.

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