"Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt"

AVACGIS Guest Lecture Series with Sherine Hamdy

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:00 PM to 4:10 PM
Zoom Virtual Event

Sherine HamdyJoin Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies (AVACGIS) for a guest lecture by Sherine Hamdy from University of California Irvine. Dr. Hamdy will talk about her book Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt (University of California, 2012) and answer questions from the audience.

This lecture will be moderated by Yasemin Ipek (Assistant Professor, Global Affairs Program & Affiliate Faculty at AVACGIS, George Mason University) as a part of her class ANTH 308: Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East at GMU.

Sherine Hamdy is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Irvine. Before that, she was at Brown University, where she worked and taught since 2006. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from New York University Department of Anthropology. Her first book Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt (University of California, 2012) is taught widely in courses in medical anthropology, Middle East studies, and cross-cultural bioethics. She has received numerous fellowships and recognition for her work, including the 2009 Rudolph Virchow Award from the Society of Medical Anthropology for her article "When the State and Your Kidneys Fail: Political Etiologies in an Egyptian Dialysis Ward" (American Ethnologist, 2008). She was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton from 2011-2012, and a Greenwall Foundation Scholar of Bioethics from 2012 to 2015. She also works in visual media, particularly with comics as a new medium for anthropology. She is the co-author, with Coleman Nye, of Lissa: a story of friendship, medical promise, and revolution, which is the debut anthropological graphic novel of the University of Toronto Press' ethnoGRAPHIC series (Fall 2017). She has two current research projects: one is a collaborative project with Professor Soha Bayoumi (Harvard) that critically engages with physicians' roles in the recent political upheavals in the Arab world; the other is a collaborative project with artist/scholar Myra El-Mir on the production of Feminist and Queer Arab comics.  

More information about her book Our Bodies Belong to God (University of California, 2012):
https://newbooksnetwork.com/sherine-hamdy-our-bodies-belong-to-god-organ-transplants-islam-and-the-struggle-for-human-dignity-in-egypt-university-of-california-press-2012-4/