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Diabetes and Yoga: Gentry Hanks and Christine Grossutti 

March 20th 2013

8pm-9pm

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March 14, 2013 · 7:41 pm

AAG Los Angeles 2012 An Autoethnography of Diabetes: Exploring Emotional Geographies of (In)Visible Disabilities

Session Description: Feminist geographers have a long history of engagement with theories on the body.  As “the geography closest in” (Rich, 1986), the body is a key site of struggle in which we not only experience oppression but also work toward the construction of new and better alternatives.  Theorizations of the body have, necessarily, crossed disciplinary and sub-disciplinary boundaries.  Feminist economic geographers have contributed a large body of research on the gendered nature of capitalism, while feminist medical/health geographers have made significant inroads in the theorization of health, difference, and the body.  While bodies are never completely determined by their economic contexts, this session seeks to unite these literatures in an attempt to theorize how interventions of patriarchy and capitalism on the body produce particular experiences of health and disease in the twenty-first century.

This paper session invites theoretical and/or empirical feminist research that investigates the intersections of health, capitalism, and the body/bodies from a variety of approaches.  Broadly, we will attempt to answer the questions, How does capitalism shape the health of different bodies?  How do embodied experiences of health and illness perpetuate or challenge contemporary forms of capitalism?  The session is intentionally broad as a means of creating a new space in which engagements between feminism, critical medical geography, and political economy can be articulated.  To this end, it is hoped that the presentations will spark a new research collective comprised of geographers doing research in a range of subdisciplines.

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March 14, 2013 · 7:35 pm

Dumpster Diving for Digital Waste

http://discardstudies.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/dumpster-diving-for-digitial-waste/

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Gender and Fieldwork

I feel like I ought to have a lot to say about this topic, as I am particularly interested in the ways certain intersections of identity are performed and negotiated, but after my walk I am only reminded of how gender and other parts of my identity, as well as those of my co-laborator (jenny hay) played a role in past field work in Ida, LA.

We had to acknowledge our fluid identities, which marked us as insiders, e.g. our ostensible whiteness, southern-ness and general willingness to subvert our perceived undesirable identity markers such as queer and nonreligious. When interacting with one of our key informants, Mayor Clyde “Smokie” Maddox, we found ourselves performing roles we typically did not in our everyday lives. We had to negotiate our relationship with the Mayor’s identities of ‘provider’ and ‘southern gentleman’ as performed through his insistence on opening doors for us and his wife at all times, and not allowing us to treat him to dinner. He, in turn, had to negotiate jenny’s vegetarianism, as well as our expression of concern over the fate of the Ida Museum. Gender was constantly negotiated and highlighted at particular times when the mayor expressed to us that he was so grateful for our help that he wouldn’t even care if we painted the museum hot pink (which of course he would not have agreed to had we had even the slightest desire to do so)! Mind you the museum celebrated the epitome of masculinity, as it was a World War II museum honoring a particular fighter group. I imagine I will always be aware of the ways in which gender plays a role in field work and how I adhere to or reject gender roles depending on how they allow me greater or less access to communities and individuals with whom I work.

http://www.corndancer.com/joephoto/photo140159/photo153.html 

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Call for Papers- Nonhuman Turn

http://www4.uwm.edu/c21/pdfs/conferences/2012_nonhumanturn/NonhumanTurn_CFP.pdf

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The material and the virtual

This topic is of great interest to me, particularly in regard to technology. How does technology “embody” our virtual selves?

It has a material make-up, yet that set of materials yields and entirely different kind of information. For example, we can look to the materials of which it is made up for information about processes of decay or the evolution of technology, but how do we get at the emotions of what is virtually contained inside these materials?

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