About Dr Natashe Lemos Dekker


Dr Natashe Lemos Dekker is an anthropologist interested in death and dying, end-of-life care, and dynamics of time and future-making. In questioning normative conditions for the production of lives worth living, her work is positioned at the crossroads of medical anthropology, the anthropology of time, and gender studies.

Currently, she holds a postdoc position at Leiden University in the ERC project Globalizing Palliative Care, where she works on end-of-life and palliative care in a context of rapid aging in Brazil. She asks how care for the dying is provided and accessed, and aims to understand the experiences of elderly people of living towards the end of life.

Her PhD research at the University of Amsterdam focused on the entanglements of time and moral value at the end of life with dementia in the Netherlands. Based on ethnographic fieldwork in nursing homes, she argues that the pursuit of a good death with dementia is both a temporal and moral project: experiences of time (such as waiting, enduring, prolonging, and hastening), as well as efforts to find the “right” time, play a central role in the pursuit of a “good” death with dementia.

Natashe holds an M.A. in Gender and Ethnicity studies and an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, from Utrecht University.

She is a board member of the Medical Anthropology Europe Network (MAE). From 2014 to 2016, she was coordinator of the Medical Anthropology Young Scholars association (MAYS).