Features

Petri Dish

The petri dish was made for separation.  It was developed for culturing microorganisms while separating them from airborne contaminates.  As part of its ability to make separations between the contaminated world outside and the uncontaminated world inside, the dish also assisted in separating individuals from disease.  These days, it’s getting harder for petri dishes to maintain these separations.

Julius Richard …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: The Gut Microbiome and our Bacterial Selves

Attempts at understanding the true nature our innermost selves has long been a human preoccupation. Are our inner worlds populated with repressed memories and persistent neuroses? Or perhaps our genes direct and define us even as they hide in the interior spaces of our interior spaces? Well, now there is a new contender in the hidden constitution of human selfhood: …

In the Journals

In the Journals, March 2014 — Part II

And here is the second part of the March journal roundup!

Once again, there are several special issues, which have been detailed elsewhere on Somatosphere:

Critique of Anthropology, “Critical Perspectives on Multispecies Ethnography”

Theory, Culture and Society, “Social Theory after Strathern”

Global Public Health, “HIV Scale-Up and the Politics of Global Health”

Science, Technology, & Human Values, “The Conceptual and

In the Journals

The Conceptual and the Empirical: Expanding STS — A Special Issue of Science, Technology, & Human Values

The journal Science, Technology, & Human Values has a special issue currently, entitled, “The Conceptual and the Empirical – Expanding STS.” The details of the six articles composing the issue follow below:

The Conceptual and the Empirical in Science and Technology Studies
Christopher Gad and David Ribes

It is the purpose of this special issue to acknowledge the

Books

Top of the heap: Sherine Hamdy

This article is part of the series:

This week Sherine Hamdy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, takes “Top of the heap” readers into the field of “graphic medicine.”

 

Sherine Hamdy

I’ve only recently come to learn about the growing field of “graphic medicine” – graphic novels and comics that explore medicine from a personal perspective. There are a few annual conferences, and a website …

In the Journals

In the Journals, March 2014 – Part I

BioSocieties

Beyond the “Therapeutic Misconceptions”: Research, Care and Moral Friction
Sarah Wadmann and Klaus Hoeyer

In research ethics regulation, health care and research are depicted as serving distinct goals, and policies are in place to prevent what is seen as patients’ misconceived understanding of research as health care. On the basis of ethnographic research in four Danish hospitals in conjunction