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Writing LifeNo. 14: An Interview with Hélène Mialet by Catelijne Coopmans

Catelijne Coopmans , June 17th, 2021


Image 1: Hélène’s home office. The pandemic has revealed the fragility of our lives and the vulnerability of our bodies. It has also revealed the importance of fleshy…


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Writing Life No. 10: An interview with Sebastjan Vörös by Mareike Smolka

Mareike Smolka , May 13th, 2021


Figure 1: Sebastjan’s philosophy notebook and writing space in Ljubljana, Slovenia “Curiously, our letters turned out to be not a mere sum of (theoretically discrete) elements but a…


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The toilet paper panic: coronavirus and reflections from confinement by Abril Saldaña

Abril Saldaña , April 9th, 2020


The video shows two women coming to blows over a packet of loo rolls; the manager intervenes, trying to calm them down. One of the women has a…


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Who feeds (on) whom? Labour and the porosity of environments and bodies by Victoria Stead

Victoria Stead , March 19th, 2020


Hannah Landecker writes about the new metabolism as “a model in which food enters the body and in a sense never leaves it, because food transforms the organism’s…


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Eating in Class: Notes on Nourishment and Decolonial Pedagogy by Carina Truyts

Carina Truyts , February 18th, 2020


It’s a common adage, following Lévi-Strauss, that “food is good to think with.” A class assignment that includes food-centred ethnographic presentations expands the scope of such thinking into…


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Is Hunger Culture-Bound? by Sophie Chao

Sophie Chao , June 7th, 2019


Over the last decade, indigenous Marind communities in the rural district of Merauke, West Papua, have seen vast swaths of their forests and savannas razed to make way…


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development by Christine Sargent

Christine Sargent , April 1st, 2019


Umm Adnan,[i] like many women I met during my research on Down Syndrome and kinship in Jordan, was extremely protective of her son Adnan. The youngest of four,…


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Creating Bodies, Creating a Nation: How the Idea of the Straight, White, Muscular Male Body Shaped America by Ketil Slagstad

Ketil Slagstad , February 15th, 2019


Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique Rachel Louise Moran  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. 224 pages.   1. When Michelle Obama launched the “Let&#8217…


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Dreaming Borders: On Cats and Trauma by Malini Sur

Malini Sur , February 1st, 2019


I dream of a black cat. She jumps over a barbed wire fence, and across it. She leaps from one side from one side of the fence to…


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Web Roundup: Death, Life, and the Immortal Brain by Kathleen Lynch

Kathleen Lynch , April 23rd, 2018


Among the many tech-focused booths at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) early this year, one stood out in particular: an exhibition of manufactured bodies, or “sleeves,” into which…


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Book Forum: Larisa Jašarević’s Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market by Larisa Kurtović

Larisa Kurtović , February 13th, 2018


  In Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: An Intimate Debt, Larisa Jašarević explores the mutual entanglement between the economy, living body and the good life in…


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Beauty by Lynn M. Thomas

Lynn M. Thomas , January 16th, 2018


In the late 1990s, a group of Japanese researchers set out to investigate whether small-scale gold mining operations near the shores of East Africa’s Lake Victoria were resulting…


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Book forum: Emilia Sanabria’s Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil by Eugene Raikhel

Eugene Raikhel , October 18th, 2017


We are very pleased to bring you a set of thoughtful engagements with Emilia Sanabria’s remarkable book, Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil (Duke University…


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Beauty’s Knowledge: Hawthorne’s Moral Fable “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Leo Coleman

Leo Coleman , September 8th, 2017


Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “Rappaccini’s Daughter” is a nineteenth-century moral fable that sets the fruits of experimental knowledge against obligations to humanity, and stages a dramatic encounter …


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Top of the Heap: Zoë H. Wool by Hannah Gibson

Hannah Gibson , August 2nd, 2016


For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Zoë H. Wool, who is a medical anthropologist and assistant professor at Rice University in…


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Top of the Heap: Anna Waldstein by Hannah Gibson

Hannah Gibson , June 20th, 2016


[For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Anna Waldstein, who is an ecological anthropologist and lecturer in medical anthropology and ethnobotany at…


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Three Millimeters by Christine Labuski

Christine Labuski , April 18th, 2016


The first time I encountered Judy I was with Dr. Erlich, gathering fact sheets about vulvar pain conditions. Dr. Robichaud, the other physician at the Vulvar Health Clinic…


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Top of the Heap: Alexander I. Stingl by Hannah Gibson

Hannah Gibson , January 25th, 2016


For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Alexander I. Stingl, who is a sociologist and a research consultant for Medical Humanities and…


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Cassandra Crawford’s Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology by Seth Messinger

Seth Messinger , January 11th, 2016


Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology by Cassandra S. Crawford NYU Press, 2014, 314 pages The title of this important book gives only the slightest hint of…


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Summer Roundup: The Ethnographic Case, Part 1 by Deanna Day

Deanna Day , November 6th, 2015


In June, we debuted an extensive new series on Somatosphere, The Ethnographic Case. Edited by Emily Yates-Doerr and Christine Labuski, the series is organized on an expanding, virtual…


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Summer Roundup: Inhabitable Worlds, Part Two by Deanna Day

Deanna Day , October 30th, 2015


Continuing our summer roundups, today we are highlighting a second set of essays from our Inhabitable Worlds series, brought to us by editors Michele Friedner and Emily Cohen….


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Summer Roundup: Inhabitable Worlds, Part One by Deanna Day

Deanna Day , October 23rd, 2015


Continuing our summer roundups, today we are highlighting a first set of essays from our Inhabitable Worlds series, brought to us by editors Michele Friedner and Emily Cohen….


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Kalpana Ram’s “Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and its Provocation of the Modern” by Mythily Meher

Mythily Meher , October 6th, 2015


Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and its Provocation of the Modern by Kalpana Ram University of Hawaii Press, 2013, 336 pages Spirit possession is a familiar anthropological interest. But…


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Image as Method: Conversations on Anthropology through the Image by Andrés Romero

Andrés Romero , August 14th, 2015


What follows is a series of conversations conducted after the recent Image as Method symposium, which took place on May 4th and 5th, 2015, at Columbia University’s Heyman…


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