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Prof. Dr. Bo Kyeong Seo, Yonsei University, South Korea: Habit and Infrastructure: Dialysis Life in Thailand

Understanding Asia-Transnational Care colloquium series 21/22

09.12.2021
10:00 - 12:00
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When infrastructural investment has appeared to be a lasting solution for economic growth and
especially for public health contestation after the COVID-19 pandemic, such industrial emphasis
on development and speculation obscures the habitual dimension that enables infrastructural
connections and flows. In this paper, I suggest “maintenance” as an art of infrastructure and
identify how it is gendered and engenders life-sustaining relations. By drawing the ways in which
the home dialysis program has been instituted in northern Thailand, I shed light on the durational
drag and repetitive work of teaching and doing dialysis routines. End-stage renal disease patients
who choose or are forced to choose home dialysis can live with their failing kidneys as long as the
lines running between hands, dialysis bags, and peritoneum is safely sustained. It is a way of
doing infrastructure that does not aim to progress or to transform but rather vow to endure
debilitation. By paying close attention to the relation between damaged bodies, structural
vulnerabilities, and habits of protection and maintenance, I illuminate the social poiesis of shared
life and its implication for creating a feminist commons.

Prof. Dr. Bo Kyeong Seo is an anthropologist working on medicine, health inequalities, and experiences of
dispossession. Over the last ten years she has been conducting research in Thailand and South Korea focusing
on poor and marginalized people’s struggle to access health care in the context of transnational migration and
stigmatization. She received Cultural Horizons Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology for her
article, “Populist Becoming: The Red Shirt Movement and Political Affliction in Thailand.” Her first
book, Eliciting Care: Health and Power in Northern Thailand, is published by the University of Wisconsin Press
in 2020.

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  • Veranstalter: Fakultät für Soziologie
  • Zeit: 09.12.2021, 10:00 - 12:00
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