The Medicine & Its Objects Workshop

Winter 2020 Schedule

Rosenwald Hall, Room 329 | Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

January 8

“Intermediary Experts:

Spreading the Philosophies of Radiological Protection”

Hiroko Kumaki, Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology

Discussant: Dr. David Ansari, Post-doctoral Fellow

January 22

“Systematization Work:

The Backstage Repair of Clinical Medical Ethics”

Dr. Sorcha Brophy, Lecturer, Harris School of Public Policy

Discussant: Alexandra Brewer, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology

February 5

“Epistemic Mercurial:

Rumored Food Dangers and the Political Epistemics of Safety

in Post-Soviet Tbilisi, Georgia”

Natalja Czarnecki, Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology

Discussant: Abigail Bratcher, Doctoral Student, History

February 19th

“Extinction as Experiment:

New Corals at The Reef’s Edge”

Damien Bright, Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology

Discussant: Emma Pask, Doctoral Student, Anthropology

March 4

“Just in Time:

Puberty Suppression, Gendered Visibility and Reproduction”

Paula Martin, Doctoral Candidate, Comparative Human Development

Discussant: Dr. Hilary Strang, MAPH Program Director

***Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Papers are pre-circulated a week prior to the workshop.***


Autumn Quarter

Wednesday 10/2

Meet & Greet

Free food & drinks


    Wednesday 10/9   

Stephanie Palazzo

PhD Candidate, CHD

“Decommissioned: Safety, Citizenship,

and the Long-Term Impact of Three Mile Island”

Discussant: Sharon Seegers

Doctoral Student, CHD


Friday 10/11

Location Change: SS 224

*Co-sponsored with the History of Science Workshop*   

Dr. Jeremy Greene, MD

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

“The Automated Clinic: Multiphasic Medicine

                     and the Dream of Digital Health, 1965-1975”                  


Wednesday 10/23



Thursday 11/7

Dr. Elizabeth F. S. Roberts

University of Michigan Anthropology

“Addicted Existence:

Surviving Capitalism in a Drug War Age”

Discussant: Hiroko Kumaki

PhD Candidate, Anthropology


Monday 11/18

Time Change: 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Dr. Vinh-kim Nguyen, MD

The Graduate Institute Geneva

Of what is Global Health the Symptom?:

Authorization, Value and Anticipation after Ebola”

Discussant: Dr. Adia Benton

Northwestern University, Anthropology


Monday 11/25

Location Change: Cobb 409

*Joint session with the Affect & the Emotions Workshop*

Isabela Fraga

PhD Candidate, Romance Languages and Literatures

“Nostalgic Subjects of Colonial Medicine:

Trajectories of Feeling in Iberian Slavery”

Discussant: TBD


Wednesday 12/4

Emily Claypool & Cameron Day

Doctoral Students, SSA and Sociology

“The Politics of Evidence and Rehabilitation:

A Discourse Analysis of the Risk-Needs-Responsivity

Paradigm in Community Supervision Policy and Practice”

Discussant: Dr. Nicole Marwell

School of Social Service Administration