What is Human? How do we define the Other?
Part 2 of our discussion (~20 mins, video available below), particularly concerns historical and contemporary imaginings of the body and afterlife through religious and other lenses. We ask: Which bodies, brains, and emotions are considered righteous and human? Who gets to have an afterlife? What happens to the body in the afterlife?
Cultivating an Interdisciplinary Perspective.
As you watch the video, you'll be able to experience along with the us the moments in which we toyed with ideas of what and how the body is, as well as what is meant by notions of morality and afterlife. I had also wanted my students to experience this interdisciplinary gathering, and I was so glad that they were able to take part, and interact with the panelists as well.
This was all so much fun for us that we're now thinking about coming together again in the fall semester. I'll keep you posted here, so you can join us!
Many thanks to our Panelists!
Emily August [not present] (Literature, Stockton University) - Bodies in Medical Textbooks
Yvonne Chireau (Religion, Swarthmore College) - Vodun, Race, and Control
Christina Jackson (Sociology, Stockton University) - Bodies in Protest
Paul Mitchell (Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania) - Scientific Racism, Social and Biological Race
Jamie A. Thomas (Linguistics, Swarthmore College) - Discourses of Zombies and Afterlives
Krista Thomason (Philosophy, Swarthmore College) - Moral Emotions and Human Rights
Jess Wright (Classics, Princeton University) - Medieval Mappings of the Moral Brain