Workshop: 30th of November

 

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 4:30-6:00 PM

ROSENWALD 329

join

AMIR HAMPEL

 (PhD Candidate, Comparative Human Development)

to discuss

EQUAL TEMPERAMENT:

AUTONOMY AND IDENTITY IN CHINESE PUBLIC SPEAKING CLUBS

 

with opening comments by

Britta Ingebretson
(PhD Candidate, Anthropology and Linguistics)

 

Abstract: Young professionals in China are eagerly studying what are called communication skills, particularly public speaking. This article reads technologies of self-presentation not as biopolitical or neoliberal schemes, but in the context of tentatively liberal social imaginaries, and as therapeutic scripts for connecting with others in a fragmenting society. Entering Toastmasters public speaking clubs in Beijing, we see psychosocial techniques and institutional forms that aim to anchor people otherwise floating in an undefined urban space. Club members actively seek to be subjectified on stage, to become self-aware under the gaze of an audience of equal peers; however, in addition to engaging in dialectical, individualizing practices of identity formation, members also repurpose their clubs into comprehensive social resources. While club members pursue varied modes of self-definition, they do so in ways that challenge liberal Western understandings of autonomy and identity. We gain a clearer sense of these tensions by listening to Chinese therapists articulate psychologized cultural critiques. While both psychotherapists and members of self-help groups participate in a modernist cultural politics, young adults are not eager to see themselves as oppressed by interdependence, or to regard interpersonal relationships as antagonistic. Young Chinese urbanites are getting on stage because, like their peers elsewhere, they are learning the power and necessity of explicit self-definition in a world of strangers.

[self-help, psychotherapy, subjectivity, identity, China]

 

 

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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November 2nd Workshop

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 4:30-6:00PM

ROSENWALD 329

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KATIE GIBSON

 (PhD Student, SSA)

to discuss

DEFINING USE AND ABUSE IN THE DEBATE ABOUT PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS IN THE ILLINOIS CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

with opening comments by

Julian Thompson
(PhD Candidate, SSA)

 

 

Abstract of the Dissertation Proposal: This ethnographic study will examine the role psychotropic drugs play in shaping bureaucratic practice in a time in which rates of drug use are at once treated as a measure of an organization’s capacity (or incapacity) to care for clients and as an institutionally legitimized form of therapeutic intervention. Children in foster care are prescribed psychotropic drugs at a rate three to five times higher than their non-foster peers on Medicaid, and they are also significantly more likely to be prescribed three or more drugs simultaneously. While this is widely considered problematic, the issue of the child welfare system’s drug dependence has been articulated in various terms, with scholars and advocates alternating between cultural, neurological and bureaucratic formulations of both the problem and its solutions. Some posit that drugs are used too frequently due to a cultural assumption that fixes should be quick, while others believe such poorly researched “fixes” endanger children and don’t necessarily improve their behavioral or mental health. Many see the issue as one of poor systemic integration, asserting that managing psychotropic drug use requires better communication of expertise between various actors involved in case management. In all accounts, however, drugs are treated as objects upon which professionals act rather than actors in their own right. To complement and complicate this perspective, this study will produce (1) a historical discourse analysis of the roles and relationships psychotropic drugs have generated between child welfare and other systems, (2) an ethnographic account of the social life of drugs in child welfare as it relates to professional practices and (3) a “dialogue” between the various actors involved in the debate about the proper uses of psychotropic drugs.

 

 

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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Medicine and Its Objects Presents David Meltzer

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 4:30-6:00PM

ROSENWALD 329

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DAVID MELTZER

 (Medicine and Economics)

to discuss

THE COMPREHENSIVE CARE, COMMUNITY AND CULTURE PROGRAM (C4P)

with opening comments by

Angelica Velazquillo Franco
(PhD Student, SSA)

 

Abstract: High health care costs and poor health outcomes in the US are concentrated in a small fraction of the population, many of whom have a history of recent hospitalization, and a disproportionate fraction of who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. The Comprehensive Care Physician (CCP) Program we have developed seeks to address the needs of this population by providing patients with the ability to receive care from the same physician in the inpatient and outpatient setting so that they can benefit from the advantages of continuity in the doctor patient relationship. Since 2012, we have developed and tested this model at the University of Chicago in a randomized controlled trial funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, in which we have enrolled over 1,800 patients, of whom ~90% are African American, with a median income of ~$20,000 per year, and 1-year mortality rate of 15-20%. The results to date are striking with respe ct to patient experience, outcomes, and resource utilization. We think the efficacy of this model comes from the deep connection that our CCP doctors and teams develop with patients, understanding them as individuals and recognizing and beginning to address the deeper social determinants of their health.

 

Nevertheless, even as we have pushed the boundaries of traditional health care, for example, by great efforts from clinic staff to connect with patients and by establishing a home care program, we have seen the limits of traditional health care. Many of CCP patients still do not engage fully in care; 1/3 attend <2 clinic visits in the year after enrollment or miss more than 1/2 of scheduled visits. These patients who do not engage in the program cost  more per year and have worse outcomes than patients who do engage, with differences that grow over time. Thus, there may be great potential for savings and improved outcomes if we can learn how to better engage and serve these patients. Talking to patients in clinic, on the phone, visiting them in their homes and communities with the people in their lives, and discussing their needs with them more formally in focus groups, we have come to believe that to better serve them we need a greater presence in their daily lives to address challenges of life made more difficult by poverty, and to provide emotional, social, and spiritual support. Our proposed Comprehensive Care, Community and Culture Program (C4P) will build on the success of our CCP Program to address social determinants of health and better engage patients at high risk of hospitalization. We will provide C4P patients access to community health workers (CHWs) and to cultural and educational opportunities to help them solve critical challenges of daily life, and provide emotional, social, and spiritual support that can ameliorate social isolation to promote health and well-being.

2016-2017: Join Us for the First Workshop of the Year!

Medicine and Its Objects presents…

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 4:30-6:00PM

ROSENWALD 329

join

EUGENE RAIKHEL

 (Comparative Human Development)

to discuss

to discuss

“IT WAS THERE ALL ALONG”:

Situated Uncertainty and the Politics of Publication in Environmental Epigenetic

 

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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Hiroko Kumaki– “Sociality of Living and Dying” – 4:30-6pm June 2, 2016 (Thu) @ Haskell 102

Medicine and Its Objects presents our final workshop for the year:

Hiroko Kumaki, University of Chicago, Anthropology
Title: Sociality of Living and Dying: The Logic and Ethics of Care in Post-2011 Tsunami Disaster Japan
Discussant: Eugene Raikhel, University of Chicago, CHD

Thursday, June 2
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!

Alex Moffett– “Surgical Films and Surgical Standards, 1900-1935” – 4:30-6pm May 19, 2016 (Thu) @ Haskell 102

Medicine and Its Objects presents

Alex Moffett, University of Chicago, CHSS and Medicine
Title: Surgical Films and Surgical Standards, 1900-1935.
Discussant: Sam Schulte, University of Chicago, CHSS

Thursday, May 19th
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!

Colin Halverson– “Mutation Mutandis” – 4:30-6pm May 5, 2016 (Thu) @ Haskell 102

Medicine and Its Objects presents

Colin Halverson, University of Chicago, Anthropology
Title: Mutation Mutandis
Discussant: Jack Mullee, University of Chicago, Anthropology

Thursday, May 5th
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!

Fred Ketchum – “Earlier is Better”: Risk and the Medical Logic of Optimization – 4:30-6pm April 7, 2016 (Thu) @ Haskell 102

Medicine and Its Objects presents

Fred Ketchum, University of Chicago, Anthropology and Medicine
Title: “Earlier is Better”: Risk and the Medical Logic of Optimization
Discussant: Colin Halverson, University of Chicago, Anthropology

Thursday, April 7th
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!

Sam Schulte – “Animal Encounters in The Unwild or What Is It Like To Hold Down A Baby Monkey” 12pm April 1st, 2016 (Fri) SS302

Medicine and Its Objects presents

Date: April 1st, 2016
Time: 12pm-
Location: SS302

Samuel Schulte, University of Chicago, CHSS
Title: Animal Encounters in The Unwild or What Is It Like To Hold Down A Baby Monkey: On Metaphysical Excess, and ‘The Three Rs’ as Paradoxes of Authority

Co-Discussants:
Biying Ling (Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science)
Christine Fleener (Comparative Human Development)
Marshal Kramer (Anthropology)
Bill Hutchison (English)

Co-sponsored with: The Fishbein Workshop in the History of Human Sciences, Comparative Behavioral Biology, and Animal Studies

Please download the paper below:
Animal Encounters in The Unwild or What Is It Like To Hold Down A Baby Monkey- On Metaphysical Excess and The Three Rs as Paradoxes of Authority

Junko Kitanaka – “Building a Biomedical Utopia: Epidemiology and Health Screening in a Japanese Town” 4:30-6pm March 29th, 2016 (Tue) @ Haskell 315

Medicine and Its Objects presents

Title: Building a Biomedical Utopia: Epidemiology and Health Screening in a Japanese Town
Junko Kitanaka, The University of Chicago
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

4:30-6:00pm
Haskell 315

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!