Dr. Ben Belek - ד"ר בן בלק

Buber Fellow: 
Research Field: 



Academic interests: 

Social anthropology, medical anthropology, medical sociology, anthropology of science, autism spectrum conditions, science and technology studies

Current Projects: 

• Becoming Autistic: Subjectivity, community, and the search for meaning among adults on the autism spectrum.

• Social vasculitis: Global movements of pathogenic agents, knowledge practices and medical technologies in the context of Kawasaki Disease


Curriculum Vitae: 

2016: PhD. Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

2012: MSc. (Cum Laude). Medical Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam

2009: B.A. Social anthropology, sociology, and European history, Ben Gurion University


2018: Belek, B. "Autism from an anthropological perspective." Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology (In press)

2018: Belek, B. “Autism and the proficiency of social ineptitude:Probing the rules of 'appropriate' behavior.Ethos 46 (2): 161-179.

2018: Belek, B. Articulating sensory sensitivity: From bodies with autism to autistic bodies.” Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness 0(0) DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2018.1460750

2017: Belek, B. 'I feel therefore I matter': Emotional rhetoric and autism self-advocacy.'” Anthropology Now 9 (2): 57-69.

2015: Belek, B. “Managing an autistic heart.Anthropology in Action 22(3): 6-12

2013: Belek, B.I believe it can change the way things are”: Identity construction among video-bloggers with Asperger’s syndrome on YouTube. Amsterdam: AMB