Tag: Life

Chronic living: ethnographic explorations of daily lives swayed by (multiple) medical conditions by Ayo Wahlberg

On the 12th of January 2020, the World Health Organization confirmed that the “mystery virus” which, according to reports from China, had infected some 50 people in the…

Things That Are Not Alive, but Which May Be Alive in a Certain Way: An Interdisciplinary Essay on a Relational Theory of Life

By Meredith Root-Bernstein, AgroParisTech, INRA § This blog post is adapted from a paper given at “Anthropology Off Earth,” Collège de France and l’Observatoire de Paris, 4-5 June…

Life/NonLife: a forum by Ann H. Kelly

This Somatosphere forum features essays written in the wake of a debate held at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom…

Intensity

It was my second night at the University Housing complex of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The metal frame and grid of the bed creaked so much it…

Are Selfies Worth the Risk?

What would you do for the perfect selfie? The emergence of the front-facing camera has revolutionized the way we make memories and document our lives. We can’t go…

The Desire and Fear of the Immortal

A phrase from the immensely popular series, A Song of Ice and Fire, valar morghulis is translated as “all men must die,” an idea prevalent in human culture. …

Making Sense of Loss

Me and Mom in Portland, summer 2015 On April 20th, my 31st birthday, I traveled to Sturgis, Michigan to visit my mom. Toward the end of last year,…

Living longer- How long is too long?

 Following a paradigm shift from infectious to chronic disease, life expectancy rose for individuals, currently at 78.8 years of age (U.S based). The article linked below addresses how the…

LIVING #FICTIONS

The theme of “living fictions” comes from a presentation I gave at a recent meeting of the EASA Anthropology of Law and Rights network and builds on its…

Lessons from a King

For El Señor On January 8 I followed – along with perhaps most of the world’s population connected to the net – the coverage of the recapture of the man…

An anthropology beyond nature and culture? Tim Ingold and Gisli Palsson’s edited volume, Biosocial Becomings. by Perig Pitrou

Biosocial Becomings: Integrating Social and Biological Anthropology Cambridge University Press, 2013, 288 pages. This essay originally appeared in Portuguese in the journal Mana. Translation provide…