Zoe H. Wool visits MaIOW

Please join the Medicine and Its Objects Workshop for a special presentation from…

Zoe H. Wool (Rice University, Anthropology and Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality) 

Straight Time, Base Technologies, and the Feeling of No Feeling: Queer Attachments and Disability in the Aftermath of War
Wednesday, October 25, 4:30-6:00pm, in Rosenwald 329
Professor Wool’s work examines questions of personhood and the body at times when the body—both its fleshy contours and its social entailments—becomes unsteady. These interests are rooted in her ethnographic field research with grievously injured American soldiers and their family members. They extend to broader questions about the social, cultural, ethical, intimate, carnal, and clinical situations within which such special categories of life, death, and personhood accrue value or are debrided of it in late liberal democracies. In addition to anthropology, Professor Wool’s work draws on queer and critical theory, critical disability studies, and studies of public culture to address questions of debility and intimacy; personhood and the body; war, trauma, and modern medicine; and the fleshy contours of worthy life in the contemporary United States.
 
NB: There will be no pre-circulated paper for this workshop. 
 
As part of her visit, we will have student coffee hours at 12:15 and 1:30 in Foster 108, and a dinner following the workshop. 
If you are interested in attending either of these events, or for any questions or concerns, please contact Kieran Kelley (kierankelley@uchicago.edu)

Camille Roussel presents…

Wednesday, October 18, 4:30-6:00pm, in Rosenwald 329

The Medicine and Its Objects Workshop presents the inimitable:

Camille Roussel (Comparative Human Development)

please join us to discuss:

“Protect Me from Pregnancy”: Rethinking (Bio)Politics in Guatemala

with opening comments by

Jenny Miao Hua (Anthropology and Medicine)

My project explores the emergence of a new Guatemalan public health campaign, called “Protect me from Pregnancy,” that seeks to prevent pregnancies in girls under the age of 14. While around 80% of child pregnancies result from abuse within the family, campaign organizers and health professionals are most concerned with the 20% of victims who, they believe, to be indigenous girls who become pregnant due to “backward indigenous tradition” of early marriage. On the one hand, the campaign appears to build upon a longstanding history of the state attempting to control and manage indigenous women’s reproduction. Yet campaign workers also see themselves as trying to break with this past by working to recognize the rights of indigenous women. My project uses the “Protect Me from Pregnancy” campaign to investigate the contemporary struggle to adopt a more multicultural form of governance in Guatemala as well as the role that biopolitics plays in shaping indigenous-state relations.

As always, discussion will be fruitful and refreshments bountiful!

To receive the paper, or if you have any questions or require assistance to attend, email the workshop coordinator: Kieran Kelley (kierankelley@uchicago.edu)

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