Durham team members Rebecca Oxley and Andrew Russell will be convening a panel exploring the cultural, historical and phenomenological significance of breath, air, and atmospheres at the Association for Social Anthropology’s 2016 conference on Tuesday July 5th from 9am – 4pm.

Presentations include:

  • Making breath visible – Jane Macnaughton (Durham University)
  • Breath and rhythm in the experience of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – Rebecca Oxley (Durham University)
  • The Phenomenological Concept of Respiratory Essence of Human Existence – Petri Berndtson (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Reaching Higher and Looping Forward: Exploring Prāṇāyāma as a Skilled Being in the World – Krzysztof Bierski (Freie Univ. Berlin)
  • BREATH WORKS: Alternative respiratory practices in a critical anthropological perspective – Anne Line Dalsgård (Aarhus University), Aja Smith (University of Southern Denmark), Amalie Juelsgaard, Kasper Pape Helligsøe
  • Breathing with materials: an aerial perspective on ‘thinking-through-making’ artefacts – Valeria Lembo (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
  • Breath-Body-Self – Sara Matchett (University of Cape Town)
  • A living archaeology of song: Tracing vibrational qualities of breath on its pathways through the singer – Caroline Gatt (University of Aberdeen)
  • The anxiety of ‘blowing’: on belief, knowledge, and precarity in Beninois brass instrument practice – Lyndsey Marie Hoh (University of Oxford)
  • The Devon County Mental Hospital (DCMH): ‘good air’ incarnate – Nicole Baur
  • Articulating Exposure: visualising air pollution and ‘health’ in epidemiological data practices – Emma Garnett
  • Towards a political ecology of air and breathing? A Polish encounter – Irma Allen (KTH, Royal Institute of Technology)

Read more about these presentations here.

To attend you must register for ‘ASA16 – Footprints and futures: the time of anthropology’.  To find out more about the conference and register visit their website.


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