Annemarie Mol
Annemarie Mol (2012)
Born (1958-09-13) 13 September 1958 (age 62)
Schaesberg, Netherlands
AwardsSpinoza Prize (2012), Ludwik Fleck Prize (2004), Constantijn & Christiaan Huijgens Grant from the NWO (1990–1995)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
InstitutionsUniversity of Amsterdam
Main interests
Ethnography, philosophy of healthcare and medicine

Annemarie Mol (born 13 September 1958) is a Dutch ethnographer and philosopher. She is the Professor of Anthropology of the Body at the University of Amsterdam.[1]

Winner of the Constantijn & Christiaan Huijgens Grant from the NWO in 1990 to study 'Differences in Medicine', she was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2010 to study 'The Eating Body in Western Practice and Theory'.[2] She has helped to develop post-ANT/feminist understandings of science, technology and medicine. In her earlier work she explored the performativity of health care practices, argued that realities are generated within those practices, and noted that since practices differ, so too do realities. The body, as she expressed it, is multiple: it is more than one but it is also less than many (since the different versions of the body also overlap in health care practices).[3] This is an empirical argument about ontology (which is the branch of philosophy that explores being, existence, or the categories of being.) As a part of this she also developed the notion of 'ontological politics', arguing that since realities or the conditions of possibility vary between practices, this means that they are not given but might be changed.[4]

Mol has been member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2013.[5]

Mol has written and worked with a range of scholars including John Law.[6]

In a recent talk, Mol relates the concept of globalization to the interconnections of nature.[7]


In 2004 she received the Ludwik Fleck Prize (Society for Social Studies of Science, 4S) for her book The Body Multiple.[8]

In 2012 she was awarded the Spinoza Prize.[9]




  1. ^ "Annemarie Mol home page". Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  2. ^ European Research Council: ERC in the Spotlight.
  3. ^ Mol, Annemarie (2002). The body multiple: ontology in medical practice. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. ISBN 9780822329176.
  4. ^ Mol, Annemarie (1999), "Ontological politics: a word and some questions", in Law, John; Hassard, John (eds.), Actor network theory and after, Oxford England Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell/Sociological Review, pp. 74–89, ISBN 9780631211945.
  5. ^ "Annemarie Mol" (in Dutch). Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  6. ^ Lancaster University's Sociology Department: List of publications by John Law and co-authors
  7. ^ pblleefomgeving (2015-12-17), Nature Outlook 2016 Philosophers' dialogue - Annemarie Mol, retrieved 2016-10-06
  8. ^ Ludwik Fleck Prize
  9. ^ "NWO Spinoza Prize 2012". Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  10. ^ Huib Ernste (2013-02-21), Annemarie Mol: Alexander von Humboldt Lecture: What methods do., retrieved 2016-10-06