In this episode of AnthroPod we return again to the annual American Anthropological Association meeting, held in Chicago in November 2013. Showcasing the Society for Cultural Anthropology sponsored panel entitled "Worlding with the Body," this episode features interviews with the five panelists who engage cultural anthropologist Mei Zhan's notion of "worlding." The five panelists consider how the concept of "worlding" -- that is, how bodies are not simply objects that exist within the world, but agents that operate to partially make it - can help reveal new details about their diverse fields of research.
Alison Kenner, Assistant Professor of History and Politics at Drexel University, discusses the everyday experiences of asthmatics.
Miho Funahashi Ishii, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kyoto University, explains the relationships between the new mega-industry and buuta, or spirit, worship in Mangalore Taluk, Karnataka, India.
Through his ethnography of groups of individuals in the United States who are attempting to achieve immortality, Abou Farman, Lecturer of Anthropology at Princeton University, considers how the notion of an Informatic Self changes what is assumed about the person and what may be done to the body.
Grant J Otsuki, doctoral candidate of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto, explores how technologies designed to modify our experience of reality also shape our understandings of ourselves as human beings.
Arguing that exploring the embodied consequences of comparison is one way to bridge the gap between the worlds that are the object of ethnographic research and its methods, Gergely Mohacsi, Assistant Professor at Osaka University, discusses a case study of a small clinical trial center in Western Hungary.
This panel examines "worlding" an analytic proposed by Mei Zhan, Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of California at Irvine.
Visit Prof. Zhan's university website here.
Read an interview where Prof. Zhan explains "worlding" here.
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Music: Sweeter Vermouth by Kevin MacLeod.