Current Issues in Medical Anthropology and Global Health

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Current Issues in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (MAGH) Seminar Series (ANTH 324/524)

During Autumn 2021, the Current Issues in MAGH seminar series will take place on Wednesdays 3:30-4:50. 
While this is also a class for credits, everyone is welcome to attend. Please email to register and obtain the link.

Healing, Resilience and Care:  What’s Love Got to Do With It? 

Around the world, people are reeling from the continuing dual pandemic of COVID-19 and systemic racism.  The past year has brought suffering and loss beyond measure.  As communities have faced these crises, we have witnessed the deep capacity for human relationships to heal, bridge, help and manage ongoing trauma, even when institutions and services let us down.  Medical anthropologists illuminate the ways in which suffering and solace intersect and overlap in the individual, social and political body.  In this year’s MAGH Seminar, we focus on the kinds of healing and caring that occur among and between communities, households and individuals as well as the power of social solidarity, love, caring, compassion, mutual aid and activism to heal and transform.

Speaker Line Up:

Sept. 29 Dr. Lelya Savloff, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Elon University (and UW MAGH alumni) 
“Sex Work Activism and Disability Justice in Argentina.” 

Oct. 6     Dr. Rachel Chapman, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington
Title TBD

Oct. 13   Deja Edwards, MPH 
“Correlation between Dementia Caregiver Exhaustion and Related Factors”

Oct. 20   Dr. Heather Clark, Department of Anthropology Lecturer (and MAGH alumni) and Kathei McCoy, Healing Justice Practitioner
“Waiting to Exhale: In Search of African American Women’s Healing Spaces” 

Oct. 27   Dr. Jenna Grant, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington                               
Title TBA

Nov 3     Dr. Paula Saravia, Department of Anthropology Lecturer, University of Washington 
“On Sadness: Environmental Precarity and Political Engagement among indigenous communities in Northern Patagonia, Chile. A Global Health Approach”

Nov. 10  Dr. Devon Peña, Professor of Anthropology and American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington
La comida es nuestra medicina: Rebuilding a Solidarity Economy and Food Sovereignty to Improve Community Health.”

Nov. 17   Michael Esveldt, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology, University of Washington
Title TBA

Nov. 24   No Class - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 1  Sumaya Mohamed, MPH, Doctoral Student in Anthropology, University of Washington
“Heart and Soul:  Decreasing COVID-19 Perinatal Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities through Home-Based Monitoring.”

Dec. 8    Dr. Melanie Martin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington 
“Looking beyond the perinatal period to support breastfeeding: lessons from communities with traditional kin and extended postpartum support”