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【MINDAS】 2016 MINDAS 1st Open Seminar “Bodily Philanthropy as Partonomic Critique”

2016年11月20日 @ 10:00 AM

Date: November 20 (Sunday), 2016

Time: 10:00~12:00

Venue: Seminar Room No. 4, 2nd Floor, National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)



Title: “Bodily Philanthropy as Partonomic Critique”

Speaker: Dr. Jacob Copeman (Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh/Visiting Research Fellow, National Museum of Ethnology)



10:00~10:05 Introduction by Prof. Mizuho Matsuo (Associate Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)
10:05~11:05 “Bodily Philanthropy as Partonomic Critique” by Dr. Jacob Copeman
11:05 ~11:15 Tea Break
11:15~11:30 Comments by Prof. Yosuke Shimazono (Associate Professor, Global Collaboration Center, Osaka University)
11:30~12:00 Discussion


This paper describes a number of scenes of activist critique that find their logic in acts of bodily giving over. The given over illuminates gaps between the given and the withheld that become the basis of critical social commentary. Crucially, the materials given over are, or make reference to, human biological substances (actual blood and metaphorical hearts). The critiques they stage are of absences and deficits: I present cases where large paper hearts donated by survivors of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Disaster to the Prime Minister of India signal his lack of one, where donated human blood critiques others’ unwillingness to do so, where acts of blood donation critique and protest communal violence, and where similar acts of giving over simultaneously highlight a deficit in familial affects and resuscitate damaged relational forms. In other words, I seek to show how the gift that is given critiques that which is ungiven: the care not provided by the Indian state for Bhopal survivors, the family members unwilling to donate blood for their transfusion-requiring relative, etc. I aim to illustrate how critique can operate philanthropically by way of partonomic relations between the given and not given. It is partonomy, I suggest, that makes philanthropy critical.

Attention: This seminar is free of charge and open for all, but the participants are requested to contact MINDAS Office(mindas@ idc.minpaku.ac.jp) beforehand, so that the organizer can provide handouts for her/him.


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Seminar Room No. 4, 2nd Floor, National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)
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