Retrospective Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Medical Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Science
Secondary Theme: Ethics
Two decades ago, Lawrence Cohen’s No Aging in India: Alzheimer’s, the Bad Family, and Other Modern Things challenged the ways in which we think about aging & senility, kinship & its undoing, medicine & the nation, language & the possibilities of ethnographic writing, and what it means to do the anthropology of South Asia. But its 300-odd pages contain much more, a palimpsest of adventures that beckons the reader down Banarsi alleyways to meet curious dogs and dog ladies, to the Ganga riverfront where boatmen arrive bearing messages from God, and into American supermarket checkout lines stocked with celebrity-gossip tabloids.
As part of a retrospective panel, a group of scholars will come together to look back on No Aging, to explore the milieu in which it was written and in which it appeared. But they will also reflect on how No Aging has helped to forge new openings and connections, either in their own research or in broader fields like anthropology, STS, South Asian Studies and critical gerontology. This event will also serve to officially inaugurate the Science & Medicine in South Asia (SMSA) Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology.