Sarah Pinto discussion on hysteria in India (Duke)
Mar 27, 2014
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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Discussion with Sarah Pinto (Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University) followed by light reception.
Part of "Science Studies and/as Area Studies" series, sponsored by Globalization of Medicine and Science in Asia group.
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Sarah Pinto is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University. She teaches courses on medical anthropology, gender, and feminist and social theory, with particular attention to cultures of biomedicine, kinship dynamics, and political, cultural, and epistemological concerns related to the human body. Her geographic area of specialization is India. She is the author of Where There Is No Midwife: Birth and Loss in Rural India (Berghahn 2008), co-editor of Postcolonial Disorders (University of California 2008), and author of numerous articles on the gendered dynamics of medicine and health intervention in South Asia. She is completing an ethnography of psychiatry’s treatment of women patients in urban India, asking how kinship dynamics shape clinical practice, and how clinical practice informs subjectivities in and of intimacy. This work is particularly interested in the stakes of mental illness for divorced or divorcing women in India, and asks what these circumstances can tell us about the place of gender in framing culturally relevant ethical frameworks. Pinto is currently developing a research project on the transnational history of hysteria, with special attention to dialogues on hysteria between India and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries and their role in shaping contemporary etiologies.