Symposium with Marcia Inhorn as Keynote to Launch SOMAA

SOMAA will be launched in February 2017 at a one-day symposium at Victoria University of Wellington. Professor Marcia Inhorn (Yale University) will be the keynote speaker. The symposium will showcase current work in medical anthropology, with a particular focus on how work from/on the New Zealand context innovates, challenges and contributes to core theoretical debates in medical anthropology internationally. Questions addressed will include:

  • How does the political, legal, cultural and historical context of New Zealand society sharpen or refashion the issues medical anthropology can address and the critiques it can offer wider academic debates?
  • How does research from or on Aotearoa advance debates about ethics, medicine and illness, particularly in areas where medical anthropology has often critically intervened, such as in relation to practices of care, autonomy, responsibility, medicalization, inequality and the body?
  • How do New Zealand’s current neoliberal politics, its state model of healthcare, and its national pharmaceutical regime intersect to constitute local modes of wellbeing, therapy and illness?
  • In current national debates about wellbeing, such as those focused on inequality, housing, child poverty, child abuse, institutional racism, immigration and the legacies of colonialism, how is social membership or biological citizenship made and remade?
  • How does New Zealand figure in global circuits of technology, biocapital and medical knowledge?
  • What can a comparative framework between New Zealand and elsewhere offer?
  • For scholars located in New Zealand but researching other ethnographic contexts, what does being situated in Aotearoa bring to light and demand of our work?

This one-day symposium will engage participants in a critical and generative conversation about the work of medical anthropology in New Zealand, contributing to core conceptual frameworks that have historically organized medical anthropological inquiry.

February 15      2017      9am-5.30pm

Wood Seminar Room, OK 406, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Keynote Address: Professor Marcia Inhorn

(Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, Yale University)

 $10, Lunch Provided

 RSVP required by February 1st  (space is limited)

The schedule of papers will appear here soon!


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