UCL Anthropology


Medical and Biosocial Medical Anthropology Seminar Series

Autumn 2023

Fridays 1.00-3.00pm | 14 Taviton Street, Daryll Forde Seminar Room | Hybrid

Feel free to bring your lunch. To be followed by drinks/snacks in the staff common room. If you are unable to join in person, please join via the Medical Anthropology seminar channel on Microsoft Teams. If you are not a UCL student/staff and would like to join as a guest, please email Anthropology Communications.

Friday 13 October 1.00-3.00pm - Dr Elspeth Frascatore (Emergency Medicine Specialist and Director of Emergency Medicine Training, Te Toka Tumai Hospital in Auckland, Aotearoa)

"Manaaki Mana and Māori Health Inequities in Aotearoa New Zealand"

Friday 20 October 1.00-3.00pm - Dr Aimee Middlemiss (Research Fellow, University of Plymouth)

"Reproductive politics in pregnancy loss: governance, biopower, justice and violence?"

Friday 27 October 1.00-3.00pm - Dr Joe Calabrese (Reader of Medical Anthropology, University College London)

"Cultural Schemas and Clinical Realities: Findings from Embedded Clinical Ethnography of Mental Disorders in Bhutan"

Friday 3 November 1.00-3.00pm - Dr Susie Kilshaw (Associate Professor in Medical Anthropology, University College London)

"It’s a clump of cells with hopes and dreams attached to it... it’s not a baby: Personhood, pregnancy tissue, and pregnancy remains disposal"

Spring 2023

A5.02 IOE (please note the room change) & MS Teams

Audience members are welcome to join online through the Medical Anthropology seminar channel on Microsoft Teams (if you are not a UCL student/staff and would like to join as a guest, please email Anthropology Communications).

The Med Anth Seminar is ‘flipped’. This means that each week, the audience reads the paper in advance of the seminar and comes to the seminar ready to ask the author questions. Each week, papers will be uploaded to the Med Anth Seminar Teams page and can be accessed here.

19 January - Jason Danely (Oxford Brookes University)
Resonance and Response-ability - ethics and embodiment in the care of older relatives. Chapter 4: Dangerous Compassion

26 January - Emily Wentzell
Collective Biologies

2 February - Chikako Ozawa-de Silva (Emory University)
The Anatomy of Loneliness: Suicide, Social Connection, and the Search for Relational Meaning in Contemporary Japan. Chapter 5: Surviving 3.11.

[Cancelled due to strike action] 9 February - Nicole Fabricant
Fighting to Breathe

Reading Week

23 February - Jarret Zigon (University of Virginia)
How is it between us? Relational ethics and transcendence

[Cancelled] 2 March - Natali Valdez
Weighing the Future

9 March - Sarah Pinto (Tufts University)
The Catatonic Revolutionary: Notes on Medicine, Passivity, Reading, and Intimacy from early 20th Century India

[Cancelled] 16 March - Dvera Saxton
The Devil's Fruit Continuum: Crises and Coping for Undocumented and Indigenous Farmworkers in a Pandemic