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November 26, 2018
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Haines 352 Reading Room
Carolyn Merritt

Joannelese Freitas (Universidade Federal do Parana) - title TBA

Please join us on Monday, November 26th, for a conversation with Joanneliese Freitas, associate professor of psychology at the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil and visiting research scholar at UCLA. She will present on her new research project in progress, in a talk titled, “Can the experience of pain be gendered in phenomenological psychology?” 

Abstract: A phenomenology of pain based on Husserl can describe this experience as a pre-intentional one, solving the problem of the definition of its nature as a sensation or an emotion. With Merleau-Ponty, we can think about the painful experience as a rupture of the body as “I can”, disrupting a habitual way of being and disclosing a strange and inaccessible world, where the body becomes an object to be extirpated. Following the assumption of Beauvoir that women discover her selves as objects to others, my research question is this: how can we comprehend and describe a woman in pain, living between the social experience of objectification and the lived experience of alienation brought by pain itself? Can the experience of pain be gendered? In my fieldwork, the analysis of some interviews with women with fibromyalgia suggests that pain experience is gendered if we circumscribe the phenomenological experience as a field composed by intercorporeality, where the lived body is an institution.

Established in 2001, MMAC is an interdisciplinary discussion group housed in UCLA's Department of Anthropology. In addition to hosting regular talks and discussions with scholars from UCLA and beyond, the group provides a forum for exploring recent research and classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives that inform psychocultural studies and medical anthropology. 

Regular MMAC participants include faculty in Anthropology, Psychology and related departments, post-doctoral scholars, and interested graduate and undergraduate students. 

Topics explored in recent years include: critical perspectives on health, mental health and illness, healing, memory, emotion, subjectivity & self-processes, religion & spirituality, psychopathology, cultural phenomenology, public health & health disparities, therapeutic applications, research methods & ethics, and psychoanalysis.