Dr. Sky Gross
Post-doc, Sociology and Anthropology
short bioSky Gross is a Horowitz postdoctoral fellow at the department of sociology and anthropology at Tel-Aviv University. Sky's research foci and background include several lanes, among which are subjects of prenatal testing in the ultraorthodox Jewish community, social microdynamics in postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, inclusion of complementary medicine in the delivery room, and epistemological and symbolic boundaries between biomedical and complementary practitioners in the hospital setting.
In her more recent work she considers issues associated with both philosophical and anthropological understandings of the brain and its relation to conceptualizations of the 'mind'. With this intention, she uses historical analysis to approach the ethical debate surrounding the practice of frontal lobotomy. In her latest published paper, she brings an extensive fieldwork in a neurooncology clinic to shed light on complex expert and lay constructions of brain tumors as objects for diagnosis.
She is now working on two main projects namely, the cultural correlates of neuroanatomical research and brain localization (or 'how is culture mapped onto the brain'); and, based on participant observation in brain surgeries, the place of the 'mind' in the operating room.