Phinney Hosts Successful Medical Anthropology Seminar

Written by Laura Paskin
May 11, 2015

Anthropology Professor Harriet Phinney co-hosted the 3rd Cascadia Seminar: Ethnographic Adventures in Medical Anthropology with University of Washington Anthropology Professor Janelle Taylor in April. The seminar focused on how health and illness are shaped by global, political, economic, and historical factors.

"This year's event was an excellent example of how the discipline of Anthropology contributes to Seattle University's mission for global engagement and social justice," Phinney said. "The work that medical anthropologists engage in is truly interdisciplinary and relevant for our students and the world."

The seminar drew scholars from Denmark, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Bangladesh, the Philippines, the United States, and Canada.

The keynote address, sponsored by the Simpson Center (University of Washington), was held at the University of Washington campus. The rest of the seminar, with support from Seattle University's Provost, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Arts and Sciences College Events Committee, and the Anthropology Program,?was held at Seattle University's campus.

The Cascadia Seminar is a weekend conference organized collaboratively by medical anthropologists on faculty at universities and colleges in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia and rotates among the institutions. Previous Cascadia Seminars have proven this model to be successful in creating a new kind of intellectual space for medical anthropology.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 80 undergraduate degrees and 6 master's degrees.