Author: Todd Meyers

Book forum: Julie Livington’s Self-Devouring Growth by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , February 15th, 2021


This book forum brings together seven scholars to discuss Julie Livingston’s Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable as Told from Southern Africa (Duke 2019), a story of what grows alongside “…


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Book Forum––Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega’s Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , February 21st, 2018


  Fernando Vidal and Francisco Ortega’s Being Brains: Making the Cerebral Subject is a fine-grained account of the “neuro-” in a range of disciplines, and, importantly––crucial…


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Book Forum––Des Fitzgerald’s Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and the Affective Labor of Neuroscience by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , February 6th, 2018


  Des Fitzgerald writes of his book, Tracing Autism, “This is a book about scientists talking about their own practice, in tones that are beset by ambiguity, uncertainty, complexity,…


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Book Forum — Nayanika Mookherjee’s The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories, and the Bangladesh War of 1971 by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , February 11th, 2017


  Andrew Brandel has organized an extraordinary and diverse set of commentaries on Nayanika Mookherjee’s The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories, and the Bangladesh War of 1971 (Duk…


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Book Forum –– Nancy Rose Hunt’s A Nervous State: Violence, Remedies, and Reverie in Colonial Congo by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , January 6th, 2017


  When Nancy Rose Hunt suggests that her book “joins the ferment” of colonial aggressions and uncertainties “while taking up harm and pleasure in a shrunken colonial milieu and…


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Book Forum––Science, Reason, Modernity: Readings for an Anthropology of the Contemporary by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , December 16th, 2016


  Science, Reason, Modernity: Readings for an Anthropology of the Contemporary is many things — a carefully curated selection of classic texts ranging from Immanuel Kant’s “An Answer to the…


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Book Forum––Harris Solomon’s Metabolic Living: Food, Fat and The Absorption of Illness in India by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , October 25th, 2016


  Harris Solomon’s Metabolic Living traces patterns of consumption, calories, and chronic disease to tell a story about the enfolding––the absorption and regulation––of food in and about the bod…


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Book Forum––Robert Desjarlais’ Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , September 9th, 2016


    Robert Desjarlais’s Subject to Death is like stepping onto a train already in motion. Its momentum isn’t fierce but there’s no time to ease in––from its…


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Book Forum––Sabine Arnaud’s On Hysteria by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , July 1st, 2016


  Sabine Arnaud’s On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category Between 1670 and 1820 focuses on the socio-medical category before its better-known (and more heavily studied) late ninet…


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Book Forum––Carlo Caduff’s The Pandemic Perhaps by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , April 27th, 2016


  Carlo Caduff’s The Pandemic Perhaps: Dramatic Events in a Public Culture of Danger (University of California Press, 2015) is a story of the influenza pandemic that never…


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Book Forum—Anand Pandian’s “Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation” by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , December 17th, 2015


  Anand Pandian’s Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation is a fascinating and truly inspired inquiry into questions of experience and the media through which experience is rendered…


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Book Forum — Richard Keller’s Fatal Isolation by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , September 25th, 2015


  Richard Keller’s Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003 is a careful accounting of the toll the heat wave took on those most vulnerable in…


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Book Forum — Christian McMillen’s “Discovering Tuberculosis” by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , September 4th, 2015


  Christian McMillen’s Discovering Tuberculosis is many things, but mostly it is an account of failure.  The book is a story of disease control in the twentieth century…


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Limn issue no. 5: Ebola’s Ecologies by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , August 18th, 2015


We’d like to help spread the word about the recent issue of Limn, edited by Andrew Lakoff, Stephen J. Collier and Christopher Kelty, now in print. From the…


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