Steve Ferzacca

Social Sciences (Anthropology)

Visiting Associate Professor
Acting Head of Studies, Anthropology


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Associate Professor Steve Ferzacca will be Acting Head of Studies (Anthropology) for Yale-NUS College for the academic year 2016-17. Professor Ferzacca received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He received his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Anthropology with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies.

Professor Ferzacca’s research follows two streams: medical anthropology with a focus on urban medicine and chronic disease in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and research on music and popular culture in Singapore. He has also conducted research on health and illness in the United States and Canada with a focus on the management of Type 2 diabetes and the health practices of transient workers in resort towns respectively. Across the different research domains, Professor Ferzacca maintains methodologies that are ethnographic, phenomenological, and interpretive with attention to sensory and bodily experiences.

Professor Ferzacca has published a book – Healing the Modern in a Central Javanese City (Carolina Academic Press, 2001) – as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He was editor of the peer-reviewed journal Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies of Health and Illness as well as serving on its board in various capacities over 17 years. Professor Ferzacca is currently finishing a book on music and popular culture in Singapore entitled, Sonic City: Making Rock Music and Urban Life in Singapore.

Medical/cultural anthropology (Southeast Asia/North America), anthropology of the body, affect, popular culture (Southeast Asia), anthropology of the senses, sonic ethnography, medical pluralism, urban medicine, diabetes and culture

Healing the Modern in a Central Javanese City. Ethnographies in Medical Anthropology. Carolina Academic Press.

Under Review
“Living Diabetically in Structural Time: Reflections on a Medical Dispositif.” In The End of Bio-determinism?. Lotte Meinert, Andreas Roepstorff, and Jens Seeberg
(Eds.). Duke University Press (book chapter under review).

“Jumping Spatio-Sonic Scales in a Southeast Asian City-State: Making the Music Scene in Singapore.” In Cities By and For the People. Michael Douglass, Yves Cabannes, Rita Padawangi (Eds.). University of Amsterdam Press. (in press)

(with Joe Periera and Kiang Lim). “Going Down to the Crossroads of Heritage, Community, and Music in Singapore.” In The Resilience of Vernacular Heritage in Asian Cities. Rita Padawangi & Michael Douglas (Eds.). (book chapter; under review).

“Sonic City: Making Music and Urban Life in Singapore. ARI News No. 37 (March): 8-9.

May Choo Wang, Nasheen Naidoo, Steve Ferzacca, Geetha Reddy, Rob Martinus van Dam . “The changing role of women in food provision and food choice decision-making in Singapore: a Case Study.” Ecology of Food and Nutrition (Dec.).

Ferzacca, S., Nasheen Naidoo, May Choo Wang, Geetha Reddy, Rob Martinus van Dam.‘‘Sometimes they’ll tell me what they want’’: Family and inter-generational food preferences in the food decisions of Singaporean women. Appetite 69: 156–167.

“Diabetes and Culture” Annual Review of Anthropology Vol. 41: 411-426.

“Deep Sound: Kroncong Music in a Javanese Neighborhood.” Asia Research Institute. National University of Singapore. Working Papers Series.

“Medical Systems.” In Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Mark Juergensmeyer & Helmut K. Anheier (eds.), Sage.
“Southeast Asians.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historical Foundation of Canada.

“Somaphoric Organizations of Self and Society in Java.” In Everyday Life in Asia: Social Perspectives on the Senses. Devorah Kalekin-Fishman & Kelvin E. Y. Low
(eds.), Ashgate.

“Mediations of Health and the Development of a Nation: Late Suharto, Late Modernity. In Liberalizing, Feminizing and Popularizing Health Communications in Asia. Liew Kai Khiun, ed. Pp. 15-42. Ashgate.

“Chronicity and Structures of Experience in Multi-Sited Encounters.” In Chronic Conditions, Fluid States: Globalization and the Anthropology of Illness. Lenore Manderson and Carolyn Smith-Morris, editors, Pp. 157-174. Rutgers University Press.

(co-author) M. Chibnik, C. MacLennan, R. Perez, P. Turner Strong. Contingent Faculty in Anthropology: AAA to Begin a New Study. Anthropology News 51(4), April:15.

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