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05:15 PM

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

Medical Anthropology Forum

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

Notions of control tend to be divided between self-control and control of others. This division entails contrary moral implications. Self-control is the epitome of ethical realization, while control over others has increasingly taken on negative implications associated with forms of domination—a divide that emphasizes an a priori separation between bodies and between subjects. In this paper, I consider how thinking across this partition enables control to be more productively retheorized. In it, I explore the intersubjective qualities associated with being controlled or being in control in both the accounts of contemporary Singaporean spirit mediums of an animal deity and in everyday interactions between humans and monkeys. By doing so, I show that attending to how control emerges intersubjectively in different interactive contexts enables a more empirically rich and pragmatically accurate theory of what control is and how it is experienced.



Gebäude 4110, Raum 110.02.05

Voßstraße 2

69115 Heidelberg

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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

Tuesday 07th June 2022, 05:15 PM

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

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

Tuesday 28th June 2022, 05:15 PM

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)

Tuesday 19th July 2022, 05:15 PM

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