A nationally recognized scholar on legal issues surrounding adolescence, pregnancy, and motherhood, Professor Oberman will present work from her forthcoming book exploring women and abortion at the intersections of law, policy, and medicine in the U.S. and Latin America.
This event is sponsored by the Smith College Department of Anthropology, the Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender, the Five College Cultural, Health and Science program, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.
Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor of Anthropology & Co-Director of Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility, The New School, will present on her book Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France, which takes undocumented immigrants as the subject of extensive ethnographic research and looks at the place of gender, humanitarianism and the body in debates over immigration -- primarily in France.
Ticktin is concerned by the ways in which border walls and zones come not simply to defend (i.e., certain territories), but to define -- that is, to shape or alter categories of natural and human kinds. She will suggest that borders walls, and all the surrounding and auxiliary technologies they harness, work by shifting how we understand different kinds of beings, ultimately rendering certain kinds killable. She will look at practices of quarantine, containment, and the design of walls themselves.
Join the Five College Culture, Health, and Science program for a panel discussion featuring Miriam Ticktin (Associate Professor of Anthropology & Co-Director of Zolberg Institute for Migration and Mobility, The New School), Cristina Huebner-Torres (Director of Research and Wellness, Caring Health Center, Springfield), and Leah Schmalzbauer (Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology, Amherst College).