CFP AAA 2017: Bodies and their Boundaries: Biopolitical relations of “queer messmates in mortal play”

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Dear colleagues,

you are warmly invited to submit an abstract to the panel below for the AAA
2017 conference:

*Bodies and their Boundaries: Biopolitical relations of “queer messmates in
mortal play” *

Organized by Colin Cahill (UC Irvine) and Christy Spackman (Harvey Mudd
College) in association with the Science, Technology, and Medicine Interest
Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology

Recent political shifts in the United States, the European Union, and
elsewhere have once again highlighted the fraught nature of borders and
those who cross them. Scholars of multispecies relationships such as Donna
Haraway (2008), Anna Tsing (2015), and Alex Nading (2013; 2016) show that
there are other sorts of borders one might think with: borders where bodies
of one kind enter into relations with bodies of another kind, where lines
get drawn between kin, kind, and species to differentiate ways of being in
the world which cannot, in a material or semiotic sense, be easily
separated. This panel draws on Haraway’s proposal that we reconsider such
relationships between humans and other species through a lens of play--not
just play for fun, but play that matters, that engages, tests, challenges,
and remakes how one is in the world. We ask, what games of entanglement are
made visible when boundaries are crossed at various scales--from the
microbial scale implicit in biosecurity debates, to the macro scale where
foods, animals, and peoples are quarantined for their tangled biopoliticial
relationships? We specifically seek papers that explore the ways in which
human, microbial, plant, animal, and mineral bodies come together despite
the boundaries that are supposed to separate them. Topics may include, but
are not limited to:

·  How concepts of microbial others shape and are shaped by imaginaries of
citizenship and belonging

·  How human conceptions of differences in and movements across scales
intersect with the production and circulation of evidence

·  How metabolic intimacy (John Law and Annemarie Mol 2008) troubles
boundaries between bodies

·  How considering boundary crossing as a form of play challenges
taken-for-granted hygienic framings

Please submit 250 word abstracts to * <>*
 and * <>* by Friday, April 7, 2017.

​The panel is sponsored by the Science, Technology and Medicine (STM)
special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA).

​The AAA 2017 conference will take place in Washington, DC, between
November 29 and December 3. See more at:

With best wishes,

Tanja Ahlin
STM Secretary