AAA 2014: Sessions on Biotechnology and Medical Practice

For our readers attending the American Anthropological Association annual meeting this year, we’ve put together a second selected list of sessions on anthropological approaches to biotechnology and forms of medical practice. The following selection of sessions was drawn from this year’s AAA online presentation schedule for the 2014 annual meeting, to be held this year in Washington, DC from December 3-7th (for more information, click here:

Wednesday, December 3rd

Reproductive Potentialities: Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Imagination of Possible Futures


Thursday, December 4th

Techniques and Technologies of Global Health


What Constitutes Medical Knowledge?: Part 2 of a Discussion of Affliction by Veena Das


Saturday, December 6th

Producing Intercultural Discourse in the Clinical Encounter, Part 2


Revisiting Midwifery: New Approaches to an Old Profession


Ordering, Morality, and Triage: Producing Medical Anthropology Beyond the Suffering Subject – Part 1: Biomedical Interventions and Failings


Sunday, December 7th

Doctors: Influencing and Being Influenced by Their Work and Subject


Book Release: Paul Stoller’s “Yaya’s Story: The Quest for Well-Being in the World”


Image from UC Press website

Out this month from the University of Chicago Press is Paul Stoller’s book Yaya’s Story: The Quest for Well-Being in the World. The text traces the author’s friendship with a Songhay trader from Niger named Yaya Harouna: a man who moved to the United States as Stoller, an anthropologist, had likewise made a journey from the USA to Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer. Their story begins whenever Stoller meets Yaya selling artwork in an African market in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, where Stoller carried out research.

Although the men’s histories are markedly different, they become close after the two are each diagnosed with cancer: this serves as the heart of Yaya’s Story, and the experience upon which the two men’s culturally divergent, yet not entirely dissimilar, narratives cross paths. With extensive publications in the genres of both ethnography and memoir, Stoller is certain to blend keen anthropological insight with deeply personal accounts of human suffering, endurance, and resilience in the face of illness across cultures in his latest book.

Stoller, Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, is a 1994 winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Anders Retzius Gold Medal in Anthropology from the King of Sweden.

You can find out more about the book here, at the UC Press website: