Malawian (Hi)Stories and the Medical Humanities:

A Digital Repository for Arts, Humanities and Health Resources

About the team

Dr Chisomo Kalinga is a Wellcome-funded medical humanities postdoctoral fellow at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her current project examines literary traditions and health narratives in Malawi and its border countries. She is also collaborating with the Art and Global Health Centre Africa, a Zomba-based NGO, and the University of Malawi, with whom she is collaborating with to launch the Malawi Medical Humanities Network ( This is set to be the first official medical humanities network for Malawiana studies. She was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD was completed at King’s College London (2014) and offered a comparative study of Malawian and American AIDS fiction. Her research interests are disease (esp. sexuality transmitted infections), biomedicine, traditional healing and witchcraft in African writing and narratives.

Michael Muti Etter-Phoya has been a part of Malawi and Africa’s open landscape since 2005, when he started ‘Portrait Malawi’, a repository for curating Malawi’s heritage. He has authored several books and has been involved in film projects. He is a former academic with Sara Lawrence College, where he taught Understanding Human Development in Malawi in Cultural and Historical Context.

His areas of interest include questions of public culture, heritage, and memory in Malawi (inspired by mentor and sometime collaborator Dr John Lwanda); impact of open technologies on Africa; and the status of Africa’s archival heritage. He is currently exploring possibilities of using social network analysis tools to visually map out effects of Malawi’s historical critical junctures. And as part of his MSc in Data Science with Edinburgh, he is exploring the theoretical potential of the role of ‘citizen historians’ in engaging the National Archives of Malawi using affordances of ICT against a backdrop of revaluing a post-colonial history.

He is part of Logos – Open Culture, a collective exploring ways of creating, expanding and enhancing stories about Malawi including its history and many contemporary realities. With Mona Hakimi, an Oxford-trained social anthropologist, he is currently digitising historical manuscripts at the National Archives of Malawi and prototyping a modern portal to house them.

Tayo Kopfer is a digital product designer who’s been designing and building compelling things online for the past 3 years. She’s passionate about creating beautiful, useful experiences for the web, and hugely enthusiastic about innovation in digital product design. She is very interested in experimental animation, illustration, semiotics, and exploring hidden corners of the internet.

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