IAS International Doctoral Seminar Series: Kristin Wilson Rethinks Medicine

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We are pleased to announce that Kristin Wilson will be giving the 2nd presentation in our International Doctoral Seminar Series on Thursday, June 24, on the topic Rethinking Medicine through Alternative Frameworks.

Kristin holds a BA in Comparative Literature (2014) with certificates in East Asian Studies and Neuroscience from Princeton University. Following a yearlong international ReachOut fellowship in 2015, she completed an MSc in African Studies at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Oxford University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature with a minor in Philosophy and Literature at Stanford University.

Kristin’s interests include cosmology, mimesis, hybridity, liminality and travelling theory, which she investigates by drawing upon critical theory, philosophy, medicine and literature. Her most recent writing has focused on illness, wellbeing and the Yoruba cosmological imaginary and attends to the ways in which Yoruba cosmology articulates relationships between its constituent entities i.e., through the Yoruba language: aphorisms, proverbs, tales and verses that elucidate power within the universe. She interrogates materiality and the power dynamics inherent to wellbeing, especially as they pertain to social relations. Her project aims to elucidate notions of embodiment with respect to the eminence ascribed to balance within Yoruba cosmology.

Date: June 24, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (WAT)

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Note on IAS-IDSS: The seminar series, which holds bi-monthly, is designed to showcase path-breaking research in African Studies from doctoral researchers around the world. It is also a platform for linking and exposing doctoral researchers working on the African experience with both young and experienced scholars, as well as to experts in associated fields in the humanities and social sciences. The first edition of the seminar was presented by Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju, a doctoral student in Anthropology at Harvard University, USA. Diekara’s presentation was titled 'Like a Drag or Something': central texts at the pioneering forefront of contemporary Nigerian queerscapes.