Sweet Medicine at the University of Amsterdam Anthropology Screening Room

The AnthroScreening room launched its 2018 programming with Anita Hardon's documentary, Sweet Medicine. Herself and the director, Juul op den Kamp, and discussant Dr. Brejge de Kok were there to answer and comment to a room full of eager visual anthropologists, social scientists, and the general public. A big thank you to the AnthroScreening for organizing such a lively and interesting evening!


Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil

Plastic Bodies recognizedEmilia Sanabria’s book Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil has been awarded the Michelle Z. Rosaldo Prize from the AAA's Association for Feminist Anthropology. The prize is awarded to a first book that draws on and makes a significant contribution to feminist anthropology.Plastic Bodies was also awarded the Diana Forsythe Prize Honorable Mention...

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2nd World Ayahuasca Conference in Rio Branco (Acre, Brazil)

World Ayahuasca Conference in Rio Branco (Acre, Brazil) ChemicalYouth members Piera Talin, Moritz Berning and Emilia Sanabria participated in the second World Ayahuasca Conference held in the Brazilian Amazon (Rio Branco, Acre): conference gathered 700 participants, indigenous leaders, representatives of the Brazilian ayahuasca churches, anthropologists, psychiatrists,...

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ChemicalYouth team at the AAA 2016 in Minneapolis

Held from November 16-20, 2016, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) 115th annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN, United States proved to be a productive event for the ChemicalYouth team as a number of team members presented papers in three different panels, two of which the team co-organized together with colleagues in various universities. Here are the three panels and their respective abstracts,...

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The Making of Pharmaceutical Value

16 Jun 2016
18 Jun 2016

Emilia Sanabria is participating in the The Making of Pharmaceutical Value: Drugs, Diseases and the Political Economies of Global Health international workshop organized in Paris on 16-18th of June, 2016 by Jean-Paul Gaudilliere, Kristin Peterson and Kaushik Sunder Rajan. She will present a paper on " Vegetative value: promissory horizons of therapeutic innovation in the global circulation of ayahuasca....

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Self-Enhancement and Substance Use

In this lecture, Moritz speaks about the aspects of self-enhancement in drug use. Informed by three different fieldworks, the focus in this lecture lies on the ways in which drug users try to strategically use substances like LSD, nootropics or herbal substances in order to improve areas like cognition, memory or spiritual wellbeing. Combining substances in order to increase the advantages and decrease...

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Plastic Bodies book launch

10 Jun 2016
Roeterseiland Campus (REC) Common room, University of Amsterdam

Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression book launch: Friday, June 10 15.00-17.00 Roetersieland Campus (REC) Common room, University of Amsterdam In April 2016, Emilia Sanabria’s monograph Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil was published by Duke University Press. The book provides an ethnographic account of sex hormone use in Bahia, examining how hormones...

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Ziek gezond at SPUI25

04 Apr 2016

On April 4th 2016 SPUI25, an Amsterdam based platform that forms a link between academia and public debates, organized a discussion panel on the question: Do we live in times of food mania? This question was sparked by recent media reports on cases of ‘orthorexia’, an unofficial term signifying a disorder concerning an extreme ‘healthy’ diet. Alongside a health blogger, a psychiatrist specialized...

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Moral Horizons

01 Dec 2015
04 Dec 2015
Melbourne, Australia

From the 1st to 4th of December 2015, one of the members of the Chemical Youth team, Diana Pakasi, participated in the 2015 Australian Anthropological Society Conference hosted by the Melbourne University, Australia. The theme of the conference was “Moral Horizons” which discussed the pluralities of moral both in the anthropological endeavor and in the rapidly evolving world. Diana presented...

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Fluid Drugs

11 Nov 2015
15 Nov 2015
Society for Social Studies of Science, Denver

FLUID DRUGS I: EXPANDING MARKETS, MARKETING NEW EFFICACIES 1) Energy Drink Marketing and the Creative Cultures of Stimulant Use Marcel Salas, NYU 2) Nutritional cure-alls in motion Anita Hardon, UVA 3) Orphan blockbusters: pharmaceutical business models & personalized medicine. Anna Geltzer, Cornell 4) The Selves of Technologies: Moral Subjectivities & Prescription Stimulants Tazin...

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Encountering Alcohol and other Drugs

16 Sep 2015
18 Sep 2015
Lisbon, Portugal

In September 2015 the ChemicalYouth team was represented in Lisbon, Portugal, at the third Contemporary Drug Problems Conference which was themed ‘Encountering Alcohol and other Drugs’. ChemicalYouth presented a panel named ‘Harm Reduction from Below’, as the team showcased ethnographic material on various groups of young people practicing harm reduction such as night time workers using...

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ChemicalYouth visit in Indonesia

19 Oct 2015
21 Oct 2015

The ChemicalYouth project held seminars in Manado, North Sulawesi, and Jayapura, Papua, to share research insights and engage with academics and students from the local universities. In Manado, the ChemicalYouth visit consisted of a three-day event (October 19th – 21th 2015), comprising of a seminar, a photo competition and exhibition, as well as an interactive discussion day together with diverse...

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