Categories for Anthropology

Let the Games begin!

July 27, 2012 12:47 am Published by Comments Off on Let the Games begin!

Hiya from London! The Games are officially opening in only a few hours, with the Opening Ceremony kicking off tonight at 9 pm, 12 pm Pacific Time. I am very excited to be participating in these Olympics as a ‘Gamesmaker’, an Olympic volunteer. In particular, I will be working for the Language Team, interpreting from English to my mother-tongue Italian... View Article

New DAHSM-authored paper: A critique of new Olympics policies on eligibility to compete of female athletes with hyper-androgenism.

June 26, 2012 1:53 am Published by Comments Off on New DAHSM-authored paper: A critique of new Olympics policies on eligibility to compete of female athletes with hyper-androgenism.

The Olympics Games are just around the corner, one month away. At the London Games, more than a decade after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) abandoned routine sex testing for female athletes, a ‘sex-testing’ policy will once again be in place. The change came in response to the case of Caster Semenya,... View Article

Allison Tillack and the Anthropology of Radiology, or how to build trust in the digital age.

June 14, 2012 9:52 am Published by Comments Off on Allison Tillack and the Anthropology of Radiology, or how to build trust in the digital age.

Allison Tillack, MA, a double-degree UCSF student enrolled in the MD program (4th year) and in the PhD program in Medical Anthropology, aims to be a radiologist one day, and is determined to integrate technical expertise with a patient-focused approach that belies the solitary-radiologist stereotype. In her research, Allison addresses the following question: while high-tech communication in 2012 is undeniably... View Article

Today at DAHSM, Julie Livingston on ‘The Sensory Ethic of Care in Botswana’s Cancer Ward’

May 23, 2012 7:15 am Published by Comments Off on Today at DAHSM, Julie Livingston on ‘The Sensory Ethic of Care in Botswana’s Cancer Ward’

Today, May 23rd, as part of DAHSM Culpeper Seminar Series, Julie Livingston, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, will give a paper examining the moral intimacies of care in a small oncology ward in Botswana during an emerging epidemic of cancer. Based on extensive ethnographic research, her talk follows the nurses on the ward as they... View Article

Making future histories: risk, prevention and potential of cancer genetics in Southern Brazil.

May 16, 2012 1:13 pm Published by Comments Off on Making future histories: risk, prevention and potential of cancer genetics in Southern Brazil.

Coming up next week at the DAHSM as part of the 'Women's Health and Empowerment Series', Sahra Gibbon, PhD, Wellcome Trust Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of London, will give a seminar titled 'Making future histories: risk, prevention and potential of cancer genetics in Southern Brazil'. The presentation will provide a window on how cancer genetics is being constituted as part of a global field of transnational research and local health care, drawing on Sahra's ethnographic research in cancer genetic clinics in urban centres within Southern Brazil. Sahara will also explore how specific temporal orientations inform these developments and how ‘risk as potential’ and the ‘potential for risk’ comes to dynamically inform the pursuit of prevention, care, and knowledge as part of a collective yet diversely constituted pursuit of preventative care.

Imaging Truth: Negotiating Expertise and Trust in Radiology

April 23, 2012 5:54 pm Published by Comments Off on Imaging Truth: Negotiating Expertise and Trust in Radiology

Allison Tillack, PhD Candidate of the joint UC Berkeley and UCSF Medical Anthropology Program, will defend tomorrow her PhD dissertation with a talk focused on exploring some of the unexpected consequences of the widespread adoption of PACS (picture archiving and communication systems), a technology for storing and displaying medical images.

Making Sense of Kony: Critical information on the conflict in Northern Uganda.

April 22, 2012 10:10 am Published by Comments Off on Making Sense of Kony: Critical information on the conflict in Northern Uganda.

In the storm that has erupted over Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign, one conclusion that people on all sides of the controversy tend to agree upon is the deep, even desperate, need for more information about the conflict in northern Uganda. In an effort to respond to this demand, a group of scholars and activists with extensive experience in the region have come together to develop an on-line resource for those seeking to learn more about the conflict, its legacy in Uganda, and the LRA-associated violence in central Africa. It is our aim that the materials found <a href="http://makingsenseofkony.org/"

Living and Dying in HIV-land: Political violence, health care, and experiences of HIV-positive Papuan women

April 12, 2012 8:52 am Published by Comments Off on Living and Dying in HIV-land: Political violence, health care, and experiences of HIV-positive Papuan women

Since 2001, once-remote communities in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua have been drawn into aggressive development. Decentralization at the national level has allowed local leaders to put in motion new networks and linkages aimed at affirming the place of Papuan communities within the economic and political projects of the nation-state. At the same time, a sustained military... View Article

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