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05:15 PM

The Coming Crisis: Antibiotic Resistance and the (Un-)Making of Efficacy: (ONLINE ONLY)

Medical Anthropology Forum

Purbasha Mazumdar, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Antibiotic Resistance (ABR) has gained immense traction in contemporary global health as the next crisis-in-the-making. The fear, and the highly mediatized controversy that ensued in 2009, around a superbug—a bacteria resistant to most extant antibiotics— christened the “New Delhi” superbug ensured the scripting of India as the alleged epicentre of the unfolding ABR crisis. Given the bacteria had been isolated from a patient who had traveled for a surgical procedure to an Indian hospital has, in policy frameworks, instilled the importance of surveillance and interventions in hospitals in the fight against ABR. In this presentation, by offering insights from my ethnographic observations at an oncology hospital in Southern India, I will try to tease out the contingent dynamics of negotiating the dwindling efficacy of extant antibiotics. By following the infectious diseases team in their daily doings in the hospital, as they execute Stewardship protocols and participate in clinical encounters, the presentation intends to reveal how making decisions regarding antibiotic prescriptions in pressing clinical situations intersects with the need to cultivate a responsibility towards maintaining future antibiotic efficacies and staving off the crisis of resistance.

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Südasien-Institut, Abteilung Ethnologie

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Vasiliki Kosmidis

Alle Termine der Veranstaltung 'Medical Anthropology Forum - Sommersemester 2022':

The forum as a public event was designed to be a space where senior students and researchers could gather with MAHASSA students and other interested parties to discover and discuss current themes in medical anthropology. Medical anthropology raises important intellectual and scientific questions about human suffering and wellbeing, and about the human body in its relation to culture and society. This is a “survey course,” meaning that we will survey the most important topics in this field, including illness and suffering, ethnomedicine, ritual healing, the anthropology of the body, mental health and culture, medical pluralism and hegemony, critical medical anthropology, science technology and medicine studies, and others.

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The Politics of Ecological Emotions: Comparing Anxiety and Anger as Responses to the Climate Crisis in Britain (ONLINE ONLY)

Dr. Bridget Bradley, University of St Andrews (UK), Department of Social Anthropology

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Eating for the Nation – The Biopolitics of Consumerism in Contemporary India

Dr. Borayin Larios, University of Vienna (Austria), Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

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Animal Bodies, Divine Presences and the Interpretation of Control in Contemporary Singapore

Stuart Earle Strange, Department of Anthropology, Yale-NUS College (Singapore)

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Ivan Illich’s Medical Nemesis in a Time of Covid: ‘The Expropriation of Health’ (ONLINE ONLY)

Babette Babich, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University, New York (USA) & Department of Philosophy, Religions and Liberal Arts, University of Winchester (UK)

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Banking On Cord Blood: Decoding Amulets & Canisters in Chennai (ONLINE ONLY)

Amishi Panwar, Health Care Research, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol (England)

Tuesday 02nd August 2022, 05:15 PM

The Coming Crisis: Antibiotic Resistance and the (Un-)Making of Efficacy: (ONLINE ONLY)

Purbasha Mazumdar, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute, Geneva