Reflecting on the provisional gestures that constitute sociality, Lauren Berlant argues that disruptions in bodily rhythms could, at any time, congeal into norms, forms, and institutions. What might this claim entail for medicine and for medical anthropology? This talk draws on cases of traumatic injury from traffic accidents in Mumbai that move people into, through, and out of the citys largest public hospital trauma ward. Detailing the lives and labors of trauma medicine in India, I consider Berlants assertion that as bodies move through habituated and novel patterns, forms of life transform. I argue that differences in movement and differences in medicine must be thought together, particularly in situations at the hinge between living and dying. Movement does not always guarantee resolution, but it does shape potentials for transition. At stake are the social relations that emerge in the process.
DATE: Friday, April 30, 2021
TIME: 12 pm Berkeley | Calculate Your Local Time
This event will also be live streamed on the Institute's FB page: ISASatUCBerkeley
Harris Solomon, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Global Health at Duke University, is the author of Metabolic Living, the co-winner of the New Millennium Book Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology, and Lifelines, forthcoming from Duke University Press. He is currently writing a collaborative ethnography about clinical labor among ICU workers in the context of Covid-19 in the US, and conducting research on the changing connections between law and medicine in India.
The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.