Jenny Miao Hua – “Transductive Assemblages” – 4:30-6pm Nov 5th, 2015 (Thu) @ Haskell 102

Medicine and Its Objects presents

Transductive Assemblages: Making the Minimally Invasive Cut 
Jenny Miao Hua, University of Chicago, Medicine and Anthropology

Discussant: Adam Baim, University of Chicago, Medicine and CHSS

Thursday, November 5th
4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Mezzanine 102

Abstract:
This article looks at robotic surgery as a historically specific assemblage (Latour, 2005) that reorients the dynamics of bodily invasion. More precisely, robotic surgery transposes the incision – a cut made in the “sacred body” of the patient (Goffman, 1961) – across different materio-semiotic registers of legitimate violence. A single robotic surgical operation is observed here in three scenes, in which the cut alludes to historical modalities of dissective and non-dissective cutting, as well as the emergent dimension of the robot’s technicity that becomes the ethnographer’s task to dissect from the scene of operation (Simondon, 1958). The purpose is to investigate how cuts are made and mediated as topological emergences. Simply put, the cut transduces an emergent topology. Transduction (Helmreich 2007, Mackenzie 2002, etc.) in this instance is taken to mean that bodies and machines in surgery not only engage in modalities of semiosis that are contingently encoded and recognized, but they dynamically constitute symbolic and pragmatic meanings which negotiate the emergence of a virtual or spectral third.

Keywords: transduction, assemblages, technicity, magic, machines, cyborgs, construction, STS

For a copy of the paper, please contact Hiroko Kumaki (hkumaki@uchicago.edu).

For any questions and concerns about the workshop, or if you need assistance in order to attend, please contact Hiroko Kumaki (hkumaki@uchicago.edu).

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Zhiying Ma – “Cruel Hope” – 4:30-6pm Oct. 22nd, 2015 (Thu) @ Haskell 102

Medicine and Its Objects presents

Cruel Hope: Hospitalization, Risk, and Abductive Intimacy 
Zhiying Ma, University of Chicago, CHD and Anthropology

Discussant:
Andrea Ford, University of Chicago, Anthropology

Thursday, October 22nd
4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Mezzanine 102

For a copy of the paper, please contact Hiroko Kumaki (hkumaki@uchicago.edu).

For any questions and concerns about the workshop, or if you need assistance in order to attend, please contact Hiroko Kumaki (hkumaki@uchicago.edu).

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Introductory Meeting: 4:30-6pm Oct. 8th, 2015 (Thu) @ Haskell 102

The Medicine and Its Objects workshop is excited to welcoming you (back) to our workshop and announcing the schedule for the coming year!

We will be meeting every other Thursday from 4:30pm-6pm in Haskell 102 (Mezzanine), unless otherwise noted. Our working schedule for the year can be found here.

We will have an introductory meeting on October 8th to meet and greet new and old faces, and to discuss the workshop plans and goals for the upcoming year.

We are also excited to welcome Prof. Sean Brotherton (Anthropology) who will be joining Prof. Eugene Raikhel (CHD) and Prof. Michael Rossi (History) as our faculty sponsor.

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For any questions and concerns about the workshop, or if you need assistance in order to attend, please contact Hiroko Kumaki (hkumaki@uchicago.edu).

We look forward to seeing you soon!