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Histories of Breastfeeding in South Africa: Political Economies, Materialities, and Intimacies
Histories of Breastfeeding in South Africa: Political Economies, Materialities, and Intimacies
WhenThursday, Mar. 8, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room226
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsAfrican Studies Program, the Department of History, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Nancy K. Ketcham Endowment
Description

Catherine Burns
Associate Professor of History
Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender
University of Pretoria

This medical humanities presentation will explore the cross-disciplinary theme of breastfeeding, and the material, emotional, physiological, relational, nutritional, clinical, and symbolic body knowledge that cohere in its practice. Professor Burns will historicize today’s urgent discourses around breastfeeding, and evaluate the present South African “crisis” around women’s suckling of infants and babies in relation to wider global debates.

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