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Lifelines: The Traffic of Trauma

Dr. Harris Solomon
Fred W. Shaffer Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Global Health at Duke University
Date and Time: 
Monday, February 7, 2022 - 15:30 to 17:00
Location: 

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)

 

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Abstract: 

What might claims on movement entail for medicine and for anthropology? This talk draws on cases of traumatic injury from traffic accidents in Mumbai that move people into, through, and out of the city’s largest public hospital trauma ward. Detailing the lives and labors of trauma medicine in India, I argue that differences in movement and differences in medicine must be understood together, particularly in situations at the hinge between living and dying. Movement does not always guarantee resolution, but it does shape potentials for transition. At stake are the social relations that emerge in the process.

Bio: 

Harris Solomon is the Fred W. Shaffer Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Global Health at Duke University. He is the author of Metabolic Living, the co-winner of the New Millennium Book Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology, and Lifelines: The Traffic of Trauma, forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2022. He currently leads a collaborative ethnographic study with healthcare workers about labor in American ICUs, and is studying the shifting connections between law and medicine in India.