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Remaking bodies after traumatic injury: trajectories of injury and repair 
Monica Casper (San Diego State University)
Daniel Morrison (University of Alabama in Huntsville)
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Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This session trains a critical lens on “injury” and “repair,” inviting contributions that advance our understanding of the meanings, assumptions, scientific knowledge, lived experiences, and clinical frameworks of these embodied practices.

Long Abstract:

Traumatic injuries unmake bodies, and sometimes lives. Where healthcare is available, clinical interventions may remake bodies, though they can never restore them to their original form. Following injury, there are expectations of bodily repair, though these expectations vary by type of injury, social and cultural context, and characteristics of the injured. Not all injuries are considered equally grave, nor are all injured people considered deserving of care. Additionally, injuries may be caused by a variety of events, including accidents, violence, neglect, dereliction of duty, or self-harm. Clinical interventions and lived experiences of injury and repair are thus shaped by myriad factors, including access to treatment, embodied identities such as gender and race, clinical understandings of harm, cultural attributions of blame and responsibility, available technologies, scientific knowledge underpinning clinical frameworks, and more.

This panel invites contributions that explore aspects of bodily injury and repair, with particular attention to cultural meanings, normative assumptions, clinical frameworks, and scientific knowledge. We are especially interested in presentations that complicate our understanding of “injury” and “repair,” recognizing that these terms - and practices - may be contested. How are injuries and efforts at repair negotiated between and among the injured and others, both human and nonhuman, such as clinicians and other healthcare workers, professional and lay caregivers, loved ones, and medical technologies such as pharmaceuticals, prosthetics, and other devices? What role do cultural contexts, shared and contested meanings, and other representations play in defining and addressing injury and repair? When and under what contexts does repair take place? How does scientific knowledge shape clinical practice in ways that impact the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic injuries?

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