Conference Schedule

Detailed Poster -- 3rd May


Friday, May 4th, Levering Great Hall

  • 9:30  Light Breakfast and Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:15  Opening Remarks
  • 10:15 – 12:00  First Panel: Porous Boundaries
  • 12:00 – 13:00  Lunch
  • 13:00 – 14:45  Second Panel: Techniques of Care
  • 14:45 – 15:15  Coffee Break
  • 15:15 – 17:00  Third Panel: Thresholds of Intimacy
  • 17:30 – 18:30  Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Q&A with Howng

Saturday, May 5th, Gilman 132

  • 9:30  Light Breakfast
  • 10:30 – 12:15  Fourth Panel: Violence and Response-ability
  • 12:15 – 13:30  Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:15  Fifth Panel: Ritual Attunements
  • 15:15 – 15:45  Coffee Break
  • 15:45 – 17:30  Keynote Lecture



MAY 4th

Porous Boundaries (Chair: Nathanial Adams, Johns Hopkins University)

  • Biocultural Nationalism? Bananas and Biosecurity in Northern Queensland
          Madeleine Miller, University of New South Wales
  • From Invasive Species to Burgeoning Commodity: Marabú’s transformation into Cuba’s New Hope
          Lauren Clara Nareau, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • The Purple Flowers of Productivity: Forms of Elision in the Battle Against A Willful Parasite in the FCV Tobacco Sector in Andhra Pradesh, India
          Amrita A. Kurian, University of California San Diego
  • Discussant: Alessandro Angelini, Johns Hopkins University

Techniques of Care (Chair: Bürge Abiral, Johns Hopkins University)

  • The Body as Stranger: A Case Study of Acupuncture in the Midst of a Cancer Scare
          Victor Kumar, Johns Hopkins University
  • Tapping into Other Worlds and Treating Mental Health: Mediumistic Meetings in Southern Brazil
          Fernando Ciello, Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • The Bicycle and the GoPro: Mediating the More-Than-Human US-Mexico Border
          Daryl Meador, New York University
  • Discussant: Clara Han, Johns Hopkins University

Thresholds of Intimacy (Chair: Marios Falaris, Johns Hopkins University)

  • Sugarcane Culturing: Metabolic Intimacies in a Brazilian Transgenic Laboratory
          Nicole Labruto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Being as Wild Animals and Livestock: Crossing over the Wild: Domestic Binary in North Asian Pastoral Communities
          Kimberly Sanchez, University of Michigan
  • The Mosquito that Teaches: Nature and Morality in Ancient Chinese Poetics
          Susie Wu, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Discussant: Tom Özden-Schilling, Johns Hopkins University


MAY 5th

Violence and Response-ability (Chair: Sumin Myung, Johns Hopkins University)

  • A Shared World in Times of War: Jaguars, Forests and Spirits in Indigenous and Afro-Colombian Territories
          Daniel Ruiz-Serna, McGill University
  • Mourning with Others in More-Than-Human Worlds
          Tvrtko Vrdoljak, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mens Daemonum: Reckoning Criminal Intent and Sexual Wrongs in South Africa
          Sonia Rupcic, University of Michigan
  • Discussant: Juan Obarrio, Johns Hopkins University

 Ritual Attunements (Chair: Kunal Joshi, Johns Hopkins University)

  • Shifu Immense and Her Creative Vow: A Fieldwork Encounter
          Yang Shen, Boston University
  • The Haptic Dimension of Being with the Kami: Belonging, Empathy and Kinaesthesia in a Japanese Ritual Festival
          Maria Ibari Ortega, Australian National University
  • Here is the rose, here dance!
          Swayam Bagaria, Johns Hopkins University
  • Discussant: Michael Degani, Johns Hopkins University

Keynote Lecture

  • Natasha Myers, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University




Bürge Abiral, Nathaniel Adams, Marios Falaris, Kunal Joshi, Sumin Myung

We deeply appreciate the tireless support of faculty members, staff, and fellow students in the Department of Anthropology.


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