The panel will explore the techniques and technologies of self and society that connect medicine and religion in a transforming world with ethnographic examples of medicine worlds and healing movements.
The panel seeks to explore the techniques and technologies (of self and society) that connect medicine and religion in a transforming world. We are looking for papers that examine the discursive articulations and practical enactments of transformation in/across medicine worlds and healing movements with ethnographic examples. What are the techniques and technologies of self and social transformation that conflate the boundaries of medicine and religion? How are the intimate/private and the social/public spheres bound together in the work of transformation? How does the affective labor of mobilizing these techniques/technologies limit or open up possibilities of transformation? What kinds of secular or post-secular politics do these (healing) movements and medicine-worlds set in motion with the mobilization of such techniques/technologies? The papers should address one or more of these questions but are not limited by them. Case-studies of techniques and technologies of transformation drawn from alternative and complementary medicine, religious/spiritual healing practices, and biomedicine are welcome.