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"Dismemberment, Medicine, and Cannibalism in the Belgian Congo"

When: Monday, May 18, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM  

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum - 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Janet Hundrieser   847.491.3525

Group: Science in Human Culture Program - Klopsteg Lecture Series

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Speaker - Sokhieng Au, University of Iowa, Global Health Studies,

Abstract - This talk looks at specific acts of cutting open the human body, and the narratives surrounding these acts in the Belgian Congo. It reviews both indigenous Congolese and colonial medical practices of cutting the flesh.  It examines the stories created around these acts, in part to interrogate the stability of the categories of the life and death in the colonial setting.  The dismemberment of the natural object—the human body—and its representation and reassembly through artefacts in the colonial setting reveal the struggles to define the body and its appropriate use.

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