This is the second 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. In this second installment, we present a selection of sessions on the theme of “discoveries.” For more information about this year’s meeting, click this link.
Sessions on “Discoveries”: New approaches to the anthropological study of medicine and medical systems, and studies of new and contemporary medical technologies/therapies
RETHINKING GENDER NORMATIVITY, SEXUALITY, AND MORALITY THROUGH NON-BIOMEDICAL EPISTEMOLOGIES
Thursday, November 17th 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Organizer(s): Venera Khalikova (University of Pittsburgh) and Kristin Bright (Carleton University, Canada)
Chair: Venera Khalikova (University of Pittsburgh)
Discussant(s): Lucinda Ramberg (Cornell University) and Kristin Bright (Carleton University, Canada)
This session will propose new ways of thinking about gender and sexuality as heterogeneous subjects. The papers will examine how gender and sex are configured and reconfigured in biomedicine and complementary or alternative medical and health systems.
DISCOVERING WAYS IN WHICH DEATH OCCURS IN A CULTURAL CONTEXT
Friday, November 18th 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Organizer: Erica Borgstrom (Open University, United Kingdom)
Chair: Erica Borgstrom (Open University, United Kingdom)
Discussant: James Green (University of Washington)
In this session, presenters will reveal how death occurs and is interpreted in both biomedical and local cultural contexts. Papers address death, dying, and aging in India, China, the United States, and in migrant communities in Australia.
(RE)DISCOVERING PSYCHEDELICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Friday, November 18th 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Organizer(s): Shana Harris (University of Central Florida) and Hilary Agro (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Chair(s): Shana Harris (University of Central Florida) and Hilary Agro (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Discussant: Michael Oldani (Concordia University Wisconsin)
Papers in this session will explore the (re)emergences of psychedelic drugs, particularly in the contexts of treatment and medical research, but also beyond the boundaries of biomedicine: including traditional use of ayahuasca, and the use of drugs in rave culture.
NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE INTERSECTION OF MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND BIOETHICS
Friday, November 18th 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Organizer(s): Eileen Anderson-Fye (Case Western Reserve University) and Jonathan Sadowsky (Case Western Reserve University)
Chair: Paul Brodwin (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Discussant(s): Rebecca Lester (Washington University, St Louis) and Jonathan Sadowsky
(Case Western Reserve University)
In this session, presenters will offer four different anthropological cases that highlight the intersections of anthropology and bioethics: genomic research in Africa, physician-aided dying, body image and obesity, and transnational healthcare in Brazil.
“BODY-WORK”: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Saturday, November 19th 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Papers in this session will explore the intersections of medical anthropology and contemporary studies in science and technology. Paper topics include the use of human tissue in continuing medical education, ‘smart machines’ and disability, new genetics sequences technologies in a cancer clinic, neuropsychiatry and resistance, and relationships between nurses and patients in HIV clinical settings.