CAM/IM Events of Interest at AAAs

Hello CAM/IM members and followers, below is a list of events and panels you may be interested in at the AAAs this week in Washington, DC. Please note our open business meeting and an informal brunch we are hosting on Saturday. We have a limited amount of funds to provide some refreshments for the brunch and we hope it will be an opportunity for more discussion. If you have students or colleagues who are interested in CAM/IM or related topics, please invite them!

Friday, December 1st

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM (4-0435) Examining Traditional and Alternative Medicines

Stevie Merino – California State University, Long Beach; Mary Elizabeth Bird – Rutgers University; Kayla Jean Hurd – University of Notre Dame; Daria Trentini – Drake University; Kealoha Fox – Office of Hawaiian Affairs & University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine ; Szilvia Zorgo – Semmelweis University; Stevie Merino – California State University, Long Beach


10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Transforming Maternity: Exploring Selective Utilization of Prenatal HIV Testing in Lesotho

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Phobia or Medical Food? Analyzing the nutritional quality of edible insects for the greater good

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM “We are going to change their mentality”: Assimilating Traditional Healers into Public Health in Nampula city, northern Mozambique

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Nā Ma’i Kama’āina ma Ka ‘Oihana Mauli Ola: Understanding the Traditional Hawaiian Health Structure and Indigenous Perceptions of Imbalance as Illness

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Bodily sensations within the context of alternative medicine: Embodied perception in the therapeutic process

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Creating a Space to Call Their Own: Birth Workers of Color and Traditional Knowledge in Los Angeles County.

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM (4-0705) CAM/IM OPEN BUSINESS MEETING Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Integrative Medicine Group Open Business (Community) Meeting – All are welcome!

Saturday, December 2

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Informal Brunch hosted by CAM/IM – please come and tell your students to attend! Meet at Open City Café

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM (5-0510) Understanding holistic healing: case studies of medical pluralism throughout Africa

Kristin Hedges – Grand Valley State University; Kristin Hedges – Grand Valley State University; Kristin Hedges – Grand Valley State University; David S. Turkon – Ithaca College; Ellen Block – College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University; Suzanne M. Leclerc-Madlala – US Agency for International Development; Mary J. Hallin – University of Nebraska, Omaha; Ama Boakyewa – Paradise Valley Community College; Robert J. Thornton – University of the Witwatersrand


10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Living well: Pluralistic treatment seeking in highland Lesotho

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Traditional Healers in Mokhotlong Lesotho in the Early 1990s: Agents of Globalization and Tradition

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Traditional healers in the African AIDS response—A lost opportunity?

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Medical Pluralism:  Collaborating with Traditional Healers

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Breast Cancer Management in Ghana: An Approach for Medical Pluralism

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM Medical Pluralism in Maasailand

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Discussion

Sunday, December 3rd

(6-0100) Traditional peoples’ health in a changing political landscape: Social action, movements, and policy in Brazil

8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Organizer(s): James Welch, Researcher, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz

Ricardo Santos, Professor, Museu Nacional/ UFRJ

Chair/Roundtable Introducer(s): James Welch, Researcher, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz

Ricardo Santos, Professor, Museu Nacional/ UFRJ

Presenter(s): Barbara Piperata, Ohio State University; Carlos Coimbra, Jr., Professor, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz; Esther Jean Langdon, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; Ricardo Santos, Professor, Museu Nacional/ UFRJ

Discussant(s): James Welch, Researcher, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz & LaShandra Sullivan, Reed College