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Methods as Unusual: A Workshop with Annemarie Mol

Sawyer Seminar
When Apr 20, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where 2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)
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What happens if we take ‘eating’ as a model of what it is to know, to act and/or to relate?  This is the research project that Mol currently works on with the Eating Bodies in Practice and Theory team.  This project takes a fresh look at what it is to eat.  What, in practice, are tasting, digesting, wasting, thriving, appreciating?  What kind of relations between organisms does ‘eating’ craft and encourage?  What is ‘an eating body’ and where does it begin and end? How does ‘eating’ enduringly change the world?


“Methods as Unusual” is a sequel to the Sawyer Seminar Indigenous Cosmopolitics: Dialogues about the Reconstitution of Worlds.  It is a workshop… we will work on Methods. Yet it is not about ‘collecting data’ but about concepts, how we make them, and how we use them: i.e. concepts as tools of analysis and therefore methods as that with which we think and analyze.  Methods as Unusual… and also concepts as unusual: we will think ethnographically about concepts—as they emerge from research which, again, is not about generating ‘data,’ but about conceptually generative analysis.  ‘Methods as unusual’ is also about altering usual analytical grammars, therefore…  we will not start from the beginning (not from the subject looking at the object) but from ‘the middle’… with the relations from/with/whom/what we think (and the relations are things, places, people too!

Annemarie Mol is Professor of Anthropology of the Body at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands).

RSVP: Marie McDonald mkmcdonald@ucdavis.edu if you plan on attending.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

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