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Ms A.E. (Annelieke) Driessen

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
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Postal address
  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
  • PhD Candidate Anthropology of Care

    In my PhD research I study what we may gain from looking at the body in dementia care in nursing homes, where the body is precisely the focus of attention. My research seeks to articulate the various ways in which the body comes into being within dementia care, specifically washing/bathing, eating, toileting and moving. How body and dementia are done in various care practices is explored through four topics: (1) willing and refusal), (2) food care as knowledge practice, (3) the built environment and ways of living with dementia on the ward and (4) enjoyment in dancing and bathing and daily care practices. These cases will be the basis of four articles, which form the core part of the dissertation. Through various forms of collaboration, the project explicitly aims to contribute dementia care practice. 

    Collaborative formats that I, in collaboration with my colleagues in the Long-term Care and Dementia project have developed are:

    •    Symposium 'Goed leven met dementie, hoe doen we dat?' for managers, care professionals, people with dementia and their partners and family members. Amsterdam, Hermitage, 23-24/07/2017. The programme can be accessed here: The book that was compiled with contributions from all presenters can be ordered here:
    •    ‘Dialoogwerkgroepen’ with formal and informal carers, and people with dementia (organised in cooperation with Ben Sajetcentrum). 
    •    ‘Voices out of order-group’, monthly meetings with care professionals to discuss ethical and methodological concerns in care work and research.
    •    Workshop and lectures for care professionals.


  • Publications


    • Driessen, A. (2018). Sociomaterial Will-Work: Aligning Daily Wanting in Dutch Dementia Care. In F. Krause, & J. Boldt (Eds.), Care in Healthcare: Reflections on Theory and Practice (pp. 111–133). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61291-1_7 [details]
    • Boldt, J., Driessen, A., Freter, B., Haeusermann, T., Krause, F., Liu, P-Y., ... Skeide, A. (2018). Conclusion: Asking the Right Questions. In F. Krause, & J. Boldt (Eds.), Care in Healthcare: Reflections on Theory and Practice (pp. 283-291). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61291-1_14 [details]


    • Driessen, A., van der Klift, I., & Krause, K. (2017). Freedom in Dementia Care? On Becoming Better Bound to the Nursing Home. Etnofoor, 29(1), 29-41. [details]


    • Driessen, A., Vermeulen, L., Hoppe, S., Lemos Dekker, N., van den Buuse, S., & Smit, M. (2015). Meer oog voor zorg: Ambiguïteiten en kwetsbaarheden in de participatie in zorg voor mensen met dementia. Podium voor Bio-ethiek, 22(2), 14-16. [details]



    • Vermeulen, L. H., Driessen, A. E., Lemos Dekker, N., Roding, E., Hoppe, S. C., van den Buuse, S., ... Pols, A. J. (2017). Goed leven met dementie. Hoe doen we dat? In A-M. The, J. Pols, & R. Pool (Eds.), Goed leven met dementie. Dialoog tussen wetenschap en praktijk Bohn Stafleu Van Loghum.


    Journal editor

    • Krause, K. (editor), Pols, A. J. (editor), Driessen, A. E. (editor) & Yates-Doerr, E. J. F. (editor) (2018). Somatosphere (Journal).
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