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Body Reads: Body Techniques, Female Aesthetics, and Body Modifying
Ugo Edu, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

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This presentation represents Ugo Edu's early attempts at thinking about the everyday ways we read and make sense of bodies—their different individual parts, their weight, size, appearance—as it relates to body modification practices, where Professor Edu considers different kinds of practices as contributing to the modification of the body. This work draws on early autoethnographic and ethnographic research in Nigeria on body modifying and body reading practices. She is paying attention to what we can learn about how we know about bodies and what we come to expect of bodies. Professor Edu tries to think about what is revealed about our ideas of effective body modifying techniques and how we evaluate effectiveness.

Ugo F. Edu is a medical anthropologist working at the intersection of medical anthropology, public health, black feminism, and science, technology, and society studies (STS). Using interdisciplinary approaches, her scholarship focuses on reproduction, race, gender, aesthetics, and body knowledge and modifications.


This event is co-sponsored by the USC Dornsife Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life, USC Dornsife Department of Anthropology, the USC Keck Narrative Medicine Program, and the Consortium for the Social and Ethical Dimensions of Medicine.

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