Bodies and Suffering: Emotions and Relations of Care
This book is a critical response to a range of problems – some theoretical, others empirical – that shape questions surrounding the lived experience of suffering. It explores how moral and ethical questions of personal suffering are experienced, contested, negotiated and institutionalised. Bodies and Suffering investigates the moral labour and significance invested in actions to care for others, or in failing to do so. Drawing on case studies and empirical research, Bodies and Suffering examines the idea of the suffering body across different cultures and contexts and the experience and treatment of these suffering bodies. The book draws on theories of affect, embodiment, the phenomenology of illness and moralities of care, to produce a nuanced understanding of suffering as being located across the assumed borders of time, space, bodies, persons and things.
The launch will be hosted by Professor Vedi Hadiz; the book's authors, Ana Dragojlovic and Alex Broom; and invited speakers, Tamara Kohn and Chris Healy. Light refreshments will be served.
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Associate Professor Chris Healy, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Chris Healy
The University of Melbourne
Chris Healy teaches Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne and is coeditor, with Katrina Schlunke, of *Cultural Studies Review*. His publications include *Forgetting Aborigines* (2008) and *Assembling Culture* (coedited with Tony Bennett, 2011).
Associate Professor Tamara Kohn, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Tamara Kohn
The University of Melbourne
Tamara Kohn is Associate Professor of Anthropology (SSPS) and Coordinator of Gender Studies (Arts) at the University of Melbourne. Her research has been focused on death studies, incarceration and personhood, communities of practice (from caring practices to moving arts), and the anthropology of the body and senses.
Professor Alex Broom, UNSW
Professor Alex Broom
Alex Broom is Professor of Sociology at UNSW Sydney. He is recognised as an international leader in the social aspects of medicine and health, specialising in illness and wellness experiences; the therapeutic encounter; health and medical decisionmaking; experiences of suffering, healing and survivorship; and, the dynamics of caregiving. His recent books (authored) include *Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life* (Routledge, 2015) and *Bodies and Suffering: Emotions and Relations of Care* (Routledge 2017, with Ana Dragojlovic).
Dr Ana Dragojlovic, Lecturer in Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts
Dr Ana Dragojlovic
Lecturer in Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts
Dr Ana Dragojlovic is Lecturer in Gender Studies at the Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts, the University of Melbourne. She is an anthropologist working at the intersections of mobility, affect theory, postcolonial and critical race studies, feminist and queer theory, and masculinity studies. She is currently working on a project that focuses on therapy cultures, particularly as they related to historical violence with interests in affect, embodiment, and subjectivity. Her regional specialisation reflects her interest in diasporas and empires, and includes Indonesia, the Netherlands, Dutch EastIndies and AfroAsian connections (particularly in relation to the AfroCaribbean).