Francis McKay @ Medicine and Its Objects

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 4:30-6:00 PM

HASKELL 101

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FRANCIS MCKAY

 (Earl S. Johnson Instructor in Anthropology for MAPSS)

to discuss

TELEOLOGICAL AFFECTS:

MORAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF FINAL ENDS

with opening comments by

Sanja Miklin
(PhD Student, Comparative Human Development)

 

 

Abstract: The anthropology of morality has, in recent years, highlighted a variety of sine quibus non (virtue, freedom, evil, etc.) that are conceptually needed if anthropologists are to better understand morality. I add to this list the concept of “telos” and offer a phenomenological theory for how it features in the affective life of the ethical subject. Though common in anthropology, “telos” tends to be defined primarily in terms of highly ranked cultural values that provide the normative content subjects aspire to in their ethical striving. This view, however, fails to capture the range of practices involved in making telic judgments. Specifically, it overlooks the fact that people aim not just at high-order cultural values, but also at “final ends,” and that in deliberating about final ends, criteria for evaluating the finality of values is necessary. Summarizing recent work on ethical reasoning in relation to ultimate values (e.g. Robbins and Lambek), and comparing that to my own research on American Buddhists, I argue that such criteria can be found in a range of biocultural emotional experiences I call “teleological affects,” the name I give to a subdomain of moral sentiments through which people appraise the means and ends of life.

 

 

Please email Camille (roussel@uchicago.edu) for a copy of the paper

 

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

 

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Paula Martin @ Medicine and Its Objects

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 4:30-6:00 PM

HASKELL 101

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PAULA MARTIN

 (PhD Student, Comparative Human Development)

to discuss

CHANGING OUR BODIES AND

CHANGING OUR SELVES:

BODILY INTERVENTIONS, YOUTH FUTURES AND THE POSSIBILITIES OF GENDER

with opening comments by

Rebecca Ewert
(PhD Student, Sociology)

 

 

Abstract: Puberty suppression and other hormonal treatments for gender expansive youth are intensely anticipatory, or built upon the power of a future expected, imagined, and used to guide medical practice (Adams, Murphy, and Clarke 2009). For young people looking to access gender specific medical care, the anticipation of biological development at odds with their sense of gender identity amplifies the sense of urgency in, and the ethical stakes of, receiving biomedical treatments. This paper looks at emergent tensions between the increased utilization of biomedical services targeting gender and the simultaneous rise of ideological commitments to conceptualizing gender as detached from the body. Starting with the experiences of gender expansive youth participating in a social support group in the Midwest, I explore how ideas of gender, body, and self, structure how interventions emerge and are taken up presently, as well as imagined to impact individual and collective futures.

 

Please email Camille (roussel@uchicago.edu) for a copy of the paper

 

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

 

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We look forward to seeing you soon!