Anthropology at Tucson Festival of Books

Anthropologist Sherine Hamdy, UC Irvine, will speak in two Tucson Festival of Book sessions. Hamdy is the author of Our Bodies Belong to God: Organ Transplants, Islam and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt (2012) and co-author with Coleman Nye of the graphic novel Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution (2017). Lissa is the first book published in University of Toronto Press’s ethnoGRAPHIC series, of which Hamdy is series editor.

Saturday, March 10
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Medicine & Body Politics
UA Assistant Professor of Anthropology Eric Plemons joins Sherine Hamdy and Coleman Nye to discuss medical approaches to the body and the broader social, political, and ethical issues that stem from surgery. Their expertise includes facial feminization surgeries for trans-women; cancer surgeries for cis, trans, queer, and non-binary individuals with BRCA mutations; and the religious and gendered issues around organ transplantation. This session is sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Sunday, March 11
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Social and Behavioral Sciences Tent
Representation in Comics & Graphic Novels
John Jennings, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Sherine Hamdy, and Coleman Nye explore the importance of expanding the representations of race, religion, gender, and geographic region in comics and graphic novels on many levels, from the authors of the texts to the characters they create and the issues they choose to confront. This session is sponsored by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies.