Lectures

Our COVID Museum: Notes from Physician-Anthropologists on the Frontlines of an Evolving Pandemic in Seattle and New York City

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As the pandemic of SARS-CoV2 (the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19) unfolds it continues to impact contemporary forms of sociality and community, health, care, governance, and global interconnectedness. These changes and the myriad challenges they pose are critical fodder for anthropologists of health and medicine, and we are called upon now to document lived experiences, reflexively use social theory and …

Features

My Thoughts While Doing Chest Compressions: Reflections on Care in the Intensive Care Unit from an Intern Physician-Medical Anthropologist

I was doing chest compressions on a 29-year-old woman who had just come up from the Emergency Room, and I was trying not to look at her face. She was gravely sick, intubated, and we had no idea what was wrong with her. When she went pulseless, we started the American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) algorithm for …

Announcements

Cfp: AAA 2014 panel – Discipline, Care and Punish? Anthropological Approaches to Suffering and Well-Being across the Carceral Continuum

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to encourage submissions for a AAA 2014 panel entitled “Discipline, Care and Punish? Anthropological Approaches to Suffering and Well-Being across the Carceral Continuum.”

Organized by Kimberly Sue (Harvard University); Carolyn Sufrin (UCSF); Nick Iacobelli (University of Pennsylvania)

Discussant: Philippe Bourgois (University of Pennsylvania)

Can institutions of punishment and confinement be spaces of care and healing? …

Features

Are IRBs a Stumbling Block for an Engaged Anthropology?

Lorna Rhodes argued in a 2001 article entitled “Towards an Anthropology of Prisons” that we as a discipline have largely neglected the prison as a subject of anthropological attention. Loic Wacquant named this phenomenon “the curious eclipse of prison ethnography” among American anthropologists. In trying to understand the reasons behind such elisions, both Rhodes and Wacquant …