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HCRI Landmark Lecture: When Wounds Travel

Date(s) - 10/22/2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Date And Time

Thu, 22 October 2020

11:00 – 13:00 EDT

About this Event

Decades of war and violence in the Middle East have left vast numbers of war injured and disabled populations with the quest of seeking care and recovery. From Iraq, to Syria, to Lebanon, to Yemen, and to Libya, war injury has become “endemic” shaping the everyday life of the injured and their families.

Building on historical and ethnographic research and analysis of medicine and conflict, Omar Dewachi reflects on some of the human and environmental cost of decades of violence in Iraq and the broader Middle East. Taking the “wound” as an analytic and method, Dewachi will share insights from his ethnographic and public health fieldwork on the intersections of war, trauma, displacement, and the changing therapeutic landscape of medical and humanitarian care.

Working towards an anthropology of wounds and wounding, he will explore on the different registers of the “wound,” and its entanglements in the thickness of social relations and the broader political and environmental ecologies of wounding. Focusing on the wound, and its biosocial life, suggests a strategy for opening up a discussion on care and toxicity and to unveil ways of imagining the history of war and the social and material vulnerabilities of people’s afflicted lives and bodies.

Timetable (tbc):

4:00 – 4:10: Welcome and Intro from Chair Dr Stephanie Sodero

4:10 – 5:00: Dr Omar Dewachi Lecture

5:00 – 5:55: Q&A session

5:55 – 6:00: Close

Please note: A zoom link will be emailed around to attendees nearer the time

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