Location: Barker Center 024 (McFadden Room)
Open to the public and does not require RSVP or prior readings
Zoom conference link: https://zoom.us/j/813459312
Professor Hamdy is associate professor of anthropology at University of California, Irvine. She is also a senior fellow at BBQ+. She studies medical anthropology and science and technology in the Middle East. She published Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggles for Human Dignity in Egypt, which received the Clifford Geertz Honorable Mention Book Prize. Her anthropological studies have been published in Medical Anthropology; Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry; the Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics; and American Ethnologist.
Professor Hamdy is also an experimental ethnographer who uses comics to bring her research to a wider audience. On Monday 1/27, she will talk to us about her new graphic novel Lissa. The novel, co-authored with Hamdy’s former student Coleman Nye, integrates her research on organ transplantation and failure, Muslim bioethical accounts of what you can and can’t do to the body, and health and inequality - why certain people end up in organ failure and others don’t – through the story of two characters set against the backdrop of the Egyptian revolution.