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Venable Hall G311

April 2014

Julie Livingston: “Figuring the Tumor: Photography, Self, and Cancer”

April 4, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Talk abstract: This paper considers a series of photographs and other visual images present in the oncology ward of the central referral hospital in Botswana where a cancer epidemic is rapidly emerging. The images depict the bodies of patients with very egregious and disturbing tumors. They are difficult to look at, and I do not intend to display them. Instead, based on extensive ethnographic research in the ward, the paper considers the productive work that these photographs perform, not for…

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