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Heal07b


Responsible (well)being as liable relations II 
Convenors:
Aglaia Chatjouli (University of the Aegean)
Venetia Kantsa (University of the Aegean)
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Stream:
Health, Disease and Wellbeing
Sessions:
Tuesday 30 March, 11:15-12:45 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

The panel aims at problematizing the ways responsibility of (well)being is informed by changing notions of being related, in an era of awareness of potentially endangered futures and changing connections involving more-than-human relations.

Long Abstract

Anthropological approaches of kinship as consanguineal, affinal and cohabitation relationships have placed considerable emphasis on the complex web of rights, responsibilities and consequences that result from these relations and inform notions of personhood and the self, as well as assumptions about care and (well)being.In an era of awareness of potentially endangered futures and changing connections involving more-than-human relations, how are assumptions about care and wellbeing within kinship, family and household relations being transformed? How do metaphors about nature and kin relations come into play in the attempt to nurture an interconnection between the human and nonhuman? How do old and new understandings of how everything (human - nonhuman) is interrelated inform responsible living?The panel aims at problematising the ways responsibility of (well)being is informed by changing notions of being related. In what respects do responsibility for personal, familial, collective, and earthly (well)being draw from particular cultural logics and practices of relatedness? How do ways of being related (symbiosis, care, communication, understanding) became key constituents and prerequisites of responsibility which, when practiced, aspire to a restoration of mutual connection? If part of our (well)being in the era of the Anthropocene draws from our overall responsible symbiosis, we need to ethnographically elucidate the analogies at play.We invite submissions that address the interconnections between responsible (well)being and liable relations. Possible topics may include but are not restricted to care for terrestrial, atmospheric, oceanic environment; responsible symbiosis with more-than-human entities (microbes, animals, plants); care for (future) bodily/planetary (well)being as kin work.

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