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Friday 10 June 2022 Annemarie Samuels will give a guest lecture on Medical Anthropology: Culture, Care & Illness. In this Lecture in the Guest Lecture Series of the International Center of Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Annemarie Samuels will speak about Medical Anthropology. She will discuss how medical anthropologists study the ways in which people understand illness, care and the body; approach medicine as a cultural practice; and develop critical theory about the unequal distribution of health.
In the symposium ‘For the time being – temporality, ethics, aging: Conversations between anthropology, art and philosophy’ the main question is: How do temporal perspectives on lived time and time left change with old age and what are the roles of inter-and intra-generational dynamics in elderly’s perspectives on past, present and future life challenges and horizons? In her presentation, Natashe Lemos Dekker shed light on the divergent temporalities that are at play in requesting euthanasia with dementia in the Netherlands. Particularly, she addresses the use of written statements that describe the wish for euthanasia of the person with dementia as a tool to resolve temporal dissonances and transfer responsibility to family members.
In the opinion article ‘Maak praten over de dood niet tot een morele plicht’ (Don’t turn talking about death into a moral obligation) Annemarie Samuels argues together with Liesbeth van Vliet, Marike de Meij and Sander de Hosson that it is important to have conversations about death and dying but that we need to be careful not to make talking about death a moral obligation. The article (in Dutch) is published in the Dutch newspaper Trouw on 25 March 2022.
Natashe Lemos Dekker has been awarded the Distinguished Women Scientists Fund 2021. This travel grant for female postdocs allows her to spend a period as a visiting fellow at the UCLA Department of Anthropology in the United States. Lemos Dekker will participate in the group ‘Mind, Medicine, and Culture’, which advocates a critical perspective on health and illness that would greatly benefit Natashe’s own research on end-of-life care. Lemos Dekker is one of the six 6 laureates who will receive the DWSF travel grant 2021-2022.
Hanum Atikasari in panel discussion on end-of-life care for women with reproductive and breast cancer in Jakarta, Indonesia
On Wednesday 23 March 2022, Hanum Atikasari was the speaker during the Raboan Discussion Forum on Navigating end-of-life care: an ethnography of women with reproductive and breast cancer in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event was organized by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She outlined her research plans and discussed ethical dilemmas in conducting end-of-life research.
Wednesday 9 February 2022 Annemarie Samuels and Liesbeth van Vliet co-organised a public debate night in De Balie called ‘I’m afraid it’s rather bad news’. During this event doctors, patients and other medical experts discussed the future of the bad news conversation. The evening has been recorded and can be now be viewed online.