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!

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This Week! David Ansari!

To open our workshop this year, Medicine and Its Objects presents:

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

David Ansari (PhD candidate, Comparative Human Development)

please join us to discuss:

Activities of reading and writing: Navigating paperwork routines in culturally sensitive mental health services in Paris

with opening comments by

Talia Gordon (PhD Student, Comparative Human Development)

Graduate students in psychology and psychiatry embark upon training in culturally sensitive mental health services in France to learn to understand the cultural and migration histories of patients. While these students observe and participate in clinical consultations, they also spend a great deal of time engaged in seemingly mundane paperwork routines: taking notes, transcribing, reading patient files, and filling out forms. This chapter, part of a larger project that examines the learning experiences of these students, explores the functions of these routines. Students’ involvement in these routines supports the clinical work of these services by maintaining continuity between consultations and by assisting in admissions decisions; these routines guide students to understand the institutional frameworks of these services and focus students’ attention on specific details about patients. While they confer responsibility to students and present opportunities for student-to-student learning, these routines are also moments in which students question or critique institutional procedures. Their critiques suggest alternative ways to engage with patients’ histories.

Refreshments will be served, stimulating dialogue will be had!

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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

 

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Lisa Stevenson @ Medicine and Its Objects

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 4:30-6:00 PM

HASKELL 101

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LISA STEVENSON

 (Associate Professor, Anthropology, McGill University)

to discuss

WHAT THERE IS TO FEAR

with opening comments by

CAMILLE ROUSSEL
(PhD Student, Comparative Human Development)

Abstract:

“What there is to fear” is how a taxi driver put it. That is, in different worlds “what there is to fear” shifts. It’s a dark definition of a world—a universe of possible/shared fears. For instance, in Ecuador’s Amazon, snakes are one thing there is to fear, and travelling by canoe to a community three hours down the Bobonaza river, I watched every stick to see if it would turn into a boa. But in metropolitan Quito, among Colombian refugees, other Colombians are what there is to fear: paramilitaries, decommissioned guerillas or extortionists that cross the border to exact a price—in blood, pain or money.  Yet, in therapeutic encounters several refugees I know were told they suffered from persecution anxiety and that the face of the killer they saw across the market stall was most probably just another Ecuadorean face. “Do you think I could forget the face of the man who killed my brother?” a Colombian refugee asks me accusingly. It’s as if the therapist is calling her world, a world, delineated by fear, into question. How does fear work to create and break human kinship–or what Sahlins has called the mutuality of being–and what I am calling a world? How do we understand the communicability of fear and its potential to create unliveable worlds, or worlds where there is very little mutuality of being?  How do we maintain any sense of the mutuality of being in the face of great fear?

The first part of this paper is an exploration of the way fear constitutes, or not, a world, depending on whether one’s fear are accepted as legitimate. The second part explores the use of theatrical images created collaboratively by Colombian refugees in an attempt to describe a common world.

 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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Last Winter Quarter Workshop

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 4:30-6:00 PM

ROSENWALD 329

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MEGAN CROWLEY-MATOKA

 (Associate Professor, Medical Education/Anthropology, Northwestern University)

to discuss

THE TRAFFIC IN PAIN:

OPIOIDS, EPIDEMICS, AND THE U.S. RESURGENCE OF THE URINE DRUG SCREEN

with opening comments by

ADAM BAIM
(MD/PhD Candidate, CHSS/Pritzker School of Medicine)

 

 

Abstract:

Both chronic pain and opioid use have been named crises of epidemic proportion in the contemporary U.S., embodying competing claims about pain as a tragically urgent site of both under and over treatment.  Patient activists, newly-professionalized pain specialists, public health officials, and drug enforcement agents – among others – all wade into the fray, marshaling powerful statistics and heart-breaking stories to claim the moral and political high ground on either side of these debates.  Looming increasingly large in this contentious landscape are reports of rising numbers of overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers, statistics now wielded as a clarion call for change in pain management practice and public policy. One rapid response to that call has been a dramatically stepped-up reliance on a time-worn, rather humble form of surveillance: the urine drug screen (UDS).  This paper seeks to work outward from the embodied experience of a chronic pain patient as he lives this contemporary moment of clinical controversy and the reinvigorated role of the UDS.  Doing so serves an exploratory effort at beginning to map out some of the material and affective exchanges by which pain is rendered simultaneously problematic and profoundly productive as it is put into politically-charged and highly-profitable circulation.

 

 

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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Lauren Jackson on February 22nd

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 4:30-6:00 PM

ROSENWALD 329

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LAUREN JACKSON

 (PhD Student, Department of English, Language and Literature)

to discuss

BLACK VERTIGO:

NAUSEA, APHASIA, AND BODILY NOISE,

197x TO THE PRESENT

with opening comments by

Paula Martin
(PhD Student, Comparative Human Development)

 

 

Abstract of the dissertation proposal:

The dissertation proposed, called “Black Vertigo: Nausea, Aphasia, and Bodily Noise, 197x to the present,” will explore the bodily affects of blackness as an interminably circulated and appropriated idiom, which I call “black vertigo.” The first chapter will examine the fate of the black idiom in post-50s-60s (“post-cool”) black cultural spaces. The second proposes more serious way of reading aphasia in African American literature as an affective accompaniment of gendered, racialized trauma that also repairs the gaps left behind in aphasiology’s failure to address racial silences within the field. The third chapter will be on nausea; the fourth, on phatic sound from women/femme artists in rap music. I anticipate using a diverse set of objects and cases across these chapters but focus is unwaveringly in the realm of the culture (how vertigo’s affects manifest in cultural spaces, during process of cultural production, in cultural objects, as aesthetic representation).

 

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

 

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Medicine and Its Objects presents: Adam Baim!

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 4:30-6:00 PM

ROSENWALD 329

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ADAM BAIM

 (MD/PhD Candidate, CHSS/Pritzker School of Medicine)

to discuss

THROUGH ANOTHER’S EYES:

EXAMINING VISION IN OPHTHALMOLOGY

with opening comments by

Colin Halverson
(PhD, Linguistic Anthropology)

 

 

Abstract:

Vision is a central matter of concern for ophthalmologists. In addition to evaluating the vision of patients, ophthalmologists also rely on their own trained vision to examine the eye and its hidden contents. The overarching goal of my dissertation is to investigate how ophthalmologists navigate the challenges of working on vision and with vision, and how they constitute a unique sort of ophthalmological visuality through their work. This first chapter explores the ways ophthalmologists conceptualize and assess the vision of their patients, thereby transforming it into an object of clinical expertise. I review three phases of the clinical encounter where vision is assessed: the patient history, the measurement of acuity, and the refraction (when corrective lens prescriptions are determined). Although these techniques reduce vision to standardized benchmarks, and extract clinical data from the lived experience of the patient, I argue that the overall process of assessing vision turns upon the enactment of more affective and experiential modes of understanding. This duality, where a subtle register of curiosity, empathy, and hope regarding the experience of patients resonates quietly beneath the surface of just-so clinical assessment, makes ophthalmology an especially rich venue for studying intersubjectivity. I also discuss instances where discrepancies arise between the ophthalmologist’s assessment of vision and the patient’s own narration of visual experience, including examples of “functional visual loss,” when a patient’s complaints cannot be verified by the ophthalmologist. I conclude by analyzing how ophthalmology’s ethics of care is built around the protection and restoration of patient vision. Even when patient reports are subordinated to an ophthalmologist’s measurements, such that patients lose epistemic primacy regarding their own vision, they often retain a moral primacy as the individuals whose vision is at stake.

 

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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Join Us for the First Workshop of the Year!

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 4:30-6:00 PM

ROSENWALD 329

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TALIA WEINER

 (PhD Candidate, Comparative Human Development)

to discuss

“I’VE PUT IN MY TIME:”

CAREER TRAJECTORIES AND STRUCTURAL CONTRADICTIONS IN THE HELPIING PROFESSIONS

with opening comments by

Talia Gordon
(PhD Student, Comparative Human Development)

Please email Camille (roussel@uchicago.edu) for a copy of the paper, available by the end of the week

 

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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