Looking for a few good anthropologists interested in talking across the four fields:
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – AAA PANEL ON A FOUR FIELDS ANTHROPOLOGY OF FETUSES – PLEASE CIRCULATE
The 112th AAA Annual meeting will be held at the Chicago Hilton November
20-24, 2103 in Chicago IL. The 2013 annual meeting theme is Future Publics, Current Engagements.
It is our hope to organize a panel of scholars from across the four
fields to consider the possibilities of building publics within
anthropology and furthering engagements around the concerns of
reproduction. The focus of this panel will be on research in
anthropology on fetuses and address the question: What is a fetus?
The work of anthropologists has contributed to an ever more nuanced
understanding of fetuses as entities with cultural, social, and
biological significance. A central focus of this work has been on what
ideas and practices concerning fetuses reveal about the socially
ascribed status of persons. Well documented is the variation in how
fetuses have become interpreted across cultures and histories. Recent
scholarship also examines the role of science, itself a cultural system,
in the construction of fetuses and embryos as what Lynn Morgan (2009)
described as “asocial biological entities.”
In this panel, we will discuss what a fetus is from the perspectives of
archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and
linguistic anthropology. In this panel, we will consider the following
questions: How has each of the four fields of anthropology
conceptualized fetuses, and how might an engagement across the subfields
transform our knowledge of them? What might we gain from a four fields
anthropology of fetuses – what also are the challenges and limits – and
what can we do to build it?
Papers will be written and presented with the goal of communicating from
a particular subfield to our colleagues and peers in other subfields.
Please e-mail an abstract (no more than 250 words), paper title, and
keywords, by FEBRUARY 15, 2013. Our hope is to organize the panel for
Dr. Sallie Han (Sallie.Han@oneonta.edu)
Dr. Tracy Betsinger (Tracy.Betsinger@oneonta.edu)