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14sep12:30 pm- 1:30 pmDERC Visiting Guest Seminar: Anna Harris (Maastricht University)

Time

(Friday) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Location

RMIT University - Council Chamber

(Building 1, Level 2) - 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

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Simulating sensing: learning how to make clinical sense at medical school

Doctors undergo intense work in training their sensory perception, a training that is being reconfigured through the introduction of digital technologies. For centuries, medical students have learned sensory skills of diagnosis through an apprenticeship model, following mentors, and examining patients on hospital wards, in clinics and private homes. Nowadays, for reasons of standardisation, efficiency, safety, shorter hospital stays and fewer home visits, more and more doctors learn clinical skills outside the hospital, often in simulated settings, including digital environments. Dissection, once a formaldehyde-infused rite of passage for medical students, is increasingly being performed on dazzling new virtual screens, where cuts with the scalpel are made with a swipe of a finger. Not all forms of simulation are new and digital however. Models, made of leather and other fabrics, have long been used to teach techniques such as delivering a baby for example, and still have a place in medical schools today.

In this seminar Anna will invite participants to take part in some hands-on teaching exercises used in medical schools to train sensing, using curious objects including oranges, measuring tapes and knitted sweaters. In the process Anna will trace some of the material assemblages used in training sensing in medicine today. The paper draws on the findings of Anna’s ongoing fieldwork in a clinical skills laboratory in Maastricht in the Netherlands, a study which is part of a broader European Research Council funded ethnographic and historical project on the role of digital and other technologies in training doctors’ sensory skills of diagnosis (see www.makingclinicalsense.com).  

Anna Harris is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Science and Technology Studies at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Originally from Tasmania, and previously trained as a doctor, she now studies medical practices as a social scientist. Always drawing on ethnographic methodologies, her work concerns issues of learning, sensing (and other bodily practices) and the contemporary/historical role of technologies in medicine. Her current research is funded by the European Research Council.

24sep12:00 pm- 1:00 pmDERC Brown Bag Lunchtime Seminar: Beatriz Revelles Benavente (Universitat de Barcelona)

Time

(Monday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location

RMIT University – Council Chamber

(Building 1, Level 2, Room 17) –124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Event Details

The Handmaid’s Tale: fact or fiction? A feminist new materialist approach to literature through time, affects and genealogies

This paper has as its main aim developing a feminist new materialist approach to literature and mass media in order to shed light on how feminism is represented in literature and television. Beatriz Revelles Benavente is interested in the ratings produced by the consumption of literature and television and in this seminar will use these to consider specificities in the time frame in between a novel written many years ago (1985) and its airing on TV (2017). Beatriz will use The Handmaid’s Tale in order to illustrate how nation, class and sexuality structure present-past-future of the patriarchal discourse and how feminism is able to permeate and multiplicate its dimensions in order to penetrate that system with one of its main tools: mass media. Using time (Barad, 2017), affects (Colman, 2010; Hickey-Moody, 2012) and genealogies (van der Tuin, 2015), she pursues a twofold objective. On the one hand, a monist literary object in which ontological scissions are not produced between literary and media representation, but are moments of resistance to the patriarchal order. On the other hand, it aims at drawing a feminist affective politics through theory making and analysing how such a politics are materialised in mainstream discourse.

Beatriz Revelles Benavente is a Postdoctoral scholar granted the Juan de la Cierva in University of Barcelona (Spain) scholarship. Her doctoral thesis was titled Understanding Toni Morrison’s work in the Information Society: Gender, Politics and Communication in the making. Currently, for her Postdoctoral research, she wants to develop this in the area of higher education and pedagogy by finding feminist alternative ways to teach literature and communication in the information society. She has been a visiting scholar at Rutgers, Santa Cruz (California), Utrecht (Netherlands) and Manchester (UK). Currently, she is a visiting scholar at RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre. In addition, she was a board member of Atgender: European Asociation for Gender Research, Education and Documentation from 2014 until 2017 and a core member of the management committee of the COST Action IS1307: Networking European New Materialisms: How matter comes to matter. Her most recent publication is Teaching Gender: Feminist Pedagogies and Responsibilities in Times of Political Crisis, a co-edited volume in Routledge.

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