This is the first in a two-part series spotlighting sessions in medical anthropology at the upcoming 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Though not intended to be exhaustive in scope, this series will highlight a selection of sessions at the AAA that may interest our readers and conference attendees. The sessions spotlighted here centered around two themes: evidence (Part 1) and discoveries (Part 2.) These two subjects are also the core themes of this year’s annual meeting. For more information, find details about this year’s conference at this link.
Sessions on “Evidence”: Paper Sessions on the Themes of Knowledges, Certainties, Uncertainties, Evaluation, and Medical Data in Practice
HEGEMONY OF EVIDENCE: THE SHAPING OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNCERTAINTY
Wednesday, November 16th / 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Chair: Shannon Satterwhite (University of California, San Francisco)
This session will include papers on biopolitics, medical documentation, certainty and diagnosis, maternal health data collection, and nursing and primary care practices.
AMBIGUITIES OF CERTAINTY: NEGOTIATING KNOWLEDGE AND NAVIGATING THE BOUNDARIES OF EVIDENCE
Thursday, November 17th 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Chair: Anna Zogas (University of Washington)
Papers in this session will address health rationalities and socialities, the nature of uncertainty and medical evidence, and the boundaries of medical knowledges.
EVIDENCE? ACCIDENT? DISCOVERY? PSYCHOSIS, MORAL SUBJECTIVITY AND CARE
Thursday, November 17th 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Organizer(s): Neely Myers (Southern Methodist University) and Michael D’Arcy (University of California, Berkeley)
Chair: Lauren Cubellis (Washington University, St Louis)
Discussant: Elizabeth Bromley (University of California, Los Angeles)
In this session, the presenters will explore numerous connections between psychological experiences, illnesses, and clinical evidence.
EVIDENCE AND THE ENDS OF AIDS: SCIENCE, DISCOURSE, AND POLITICS AT THE END OF THE TREATMENT SCALE-UP ERA
Thursday, November 17th 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Organizer(s): Nora Kenworthy (University of Washington, Bothell) and Matthew Thomann (Columbia University)
Chair: Richard Parker (Columbia University)
Discussant: Vinh-Kim Nguyen (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, Switzerland)
Papers in this session will explore global AIDS/HIV landscapes, including the reframing of risk, data, and treatments. They will also consider the ties between science and politics in HIV/AIDS research and global health initiatives.
CLINICAL IMPRESSIONS: REGIMES OF INTERPRETATION AND EVALUATION IN HEALTHCARE
Friday, November 18th 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Organizer(s): Adam Baim (University of Chicago), Colin Halverson (University of Chicago)
Chair(s): Talia Weiner (University of Chicago), Miao Hua (University of Chicago)
Discussant: Barry Saunders (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
This session will explore how biomedical systems are evaluated, how biomedical practitioners evaluate illness, and how medical evidence and interpretation align in numerous settings.