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Cowall Emily


Research Interests

Since the completion of my doctoral degree, I have worked as a sessional instructor in the department of anthropology at McMaster University. 

I am focused on the practical application of learning pedagogy in the classroom, the use of media and technology, and active learning models. Teaching has come to the forefront of my work and my time has focused on the classroom and working directly with my students. 

Summer 2014, I was the research assistant to D. Ann Herring, PhD concerning Active Learning Pedagogy and the use of blended classrooms. 

Work In the field: applied anthropology 
I have conducted a multi-year cultural resource project for Parks Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada. My current interest is in the High Arctic Scientific Research era.

Medical and visual anthropology research interests: 
My research interests center on the investigation of infectious disease over time, and geography. I am investigating the intersection of colonial influences and its impact on contemporary issues. 

Doctoral thesis:
My doctoral research focused on the ethnographic and historic accounting of tuberculosis among the Inuit who lived in the Cumberland Sound between approximately 1930-1972. The Inuit of this region constitute the present day community of Pangnirtung. I conducted an interesting community based research project naming photographs of the community members who went to the Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton Ontario between 1950-1960. This project concluded in March 2009. Participation in the process and the return of personal photographs as the outcome provided the community and its members with a sense of healing and reconciliation. My PhD dissertation triangulates ethno-historical archival records of the Anglican Mission Hospital, Canadian Federal Government Medical Patrol and local knowledge to result in a focused study of the affect of tuberculosis on the Inuit of Pangnirtung. 
2012 Puvaluqatatiluta, When We Had Tuberculosis: St. Luke’s Mission Hospital and the Inuit of the Cumberland Sound Region, 1930-1972 

Advisors: D. Ann Herring, T. Kue Young, Trudy Nicks, Pauline Mazumdar, Professor Emeritis


PhD McMaster, 2012


Search course offerings in Anthropology


Courses (2017-18)


  • Anthrop 3C03/Hlth Age 3CC3 - Health and the Environment: Anthropological Approaches

Courses (2016-17)


  • Anthrop 2B03 - Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge and Societies 
  • Anthrop 3C03 - Health and Environment: Anthropological Approaches




Papers In Progress: 

“Stranger in the land of birds: Sedna and Uinigumissuitoq transformed” 

2008 “Resourcefulness: Ethnohistory and Inuit Narratives” Sigerist Circle Newsletter and Bibliography (2008) 23; 3-7. 

2004 “Longings of the Heart: The Women of St. Luke’s Mission Hospital Pangnirtung 1930-1972” Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society, St. Luke’s Hospital Panniqtuuq Special Number, Vol. XLVI, No. 2 Fall 2004,129–150. 

2004 “One Blinded Soldier: The Influence of WW1 on the Development of Massage Therapy in Ontario, History of Massage Therapy in Canada” Massage in Canada Magazine Fall Edition 2004 Hamilton: MT Press. 

1996 (Editor) 1996 Opening New Pathways: A Renaissance Symposium for Touch Therapies: The Proceedings McLean VA: National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, USA. 

1995 Cowall, Emily E.S., “Benefits of Massage”, in Sandy Fritz, ed., Mosby’s Fundamental’s of Therapeutic Massage Baltimore MD: Mosby Lifeline 1995, 86–88.