“Everyday Matters: Embodied Life and Experience” UChicago Anthropology Department, April 9-10

Everyday Matters: Embodied Life and Experience
Anthropology Department, University of Chicago, April 9-10, 2010

The Franke Institute for the Humanities, 1100 East 57th Street

While a signifying body has long been presumed in anthropology, new inquiries are shifting attention to material bodies and lived experience. Attending to the clinical, carnal, pharmaceutical, spiritual, technological, biomedical, folk and biopolitical techniques and spaces of everyday lived experience, we call for a reimagination of materiality and the reality of “the human” and “life.” What forms of embodiment can we conceive, in practice, historically or in the contemporary moment? If human essence is not presupposed but assumed to be composed in processes that require explanation, how do we imagine experience, shared or otherwise? Asking questions about biology and ontology, perception and agency, the scholarship we seek to present upsets the binary of culture-nature, locating processes of bodily production in the entangled spaces between classical domains. Starting from the premise that bodies and subjectivities are always local, contingent, and historical forms of existence, and inquiring about the spatiotemporality of the “human” and about “life,” this conference leaves the materiality of bodies open to newly imagined empirical projects and invites a rethinking of embodiment via ethnography, archaeology, history, philosophy, literary and visual culture studies.

1:30pm3pm: Gathering

Body in the time of genomics
Margaret Lock (Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University)

Building the Biographies of Subjects: The body and bioarchaeologies
Maureen Marshall (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Toward a bodily unconscious: political crisis of embodiment in The Bell Jar and Regeneration
Aleksandr Prighozin (English, University of Chicago)

3:30pm5pm: Excavating

“That their bones might lie soft”: Cosseting and punishing the dead body in early modern Britain
Sarah Tarlow (Archaeology, University of Leicester)

Timekeeper: A visual construction of experience
Vesna Jovanovic (Artist, Chicago)

Messploitation: Styles of attachment, styles of loss, and the scene of ongoingness in A&E’s “Hoarders”
Sean Hutchison (English, University of Chicago)

5:30pm6:30pm: Reception and Art Exhibit


Saturday, 10 April
10:15am: Weighing

Ethical substance and endurance in late Liberalism
Elizabeth Povinelli (Anthropology, Columbia University)

‘Mombasa Morans:’ Embodied value, ethnic bodies, and Samburu men in Kenyan tourism
George Paul Meiu (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Better Than Well: On the ethics of pharmaceutical improvement
Fred Ketchum (Anthropology and School of Medicine, University of Chicago)

10:30am11:45am: Feeling

Emotions: A history
Jonathan Rée (Philosopher)

Training 20,000 Saints: The doctor’s spatiotemporal body, experiences of care, and soteriological ideals in Venezuela’s new public health ‘mission’
Amy Cooper (Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago)

To Bear a Life
Larisa Jasarevic (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

12:00pm1pm: Lunch Break

1pm2:15pm: Intervening

The Hypnotist and his Politics
Eugene Raikhel (Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago)

Reckoning Drug-time: Temporality and the body in pediatric HIV treatment in Botswana
Betsey Brada (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

Strategies, Tactics and Maneuvers: The practice of everyday life in Tsinghua College (1911-1928)
Chen-Chen (Anthropology, University of Chicago)

2:30pm4pm: Endnotes

Judith Farquhar
Margaret LockSarah Tarlow
Elizabeth Povinelli
Jonathan Rée

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