Friday, November 17, 2017 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
215 McGraw Hall
Experiencing the world through the nose of a dog: An ethnographic study of a strange ethnographer
Patients with Type 1 Diabetes have to manage their disease through humans and non-humans that have to attune constantly to the fluctuation of their blood sugar to avoid hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. The disease is totally unpredictable (the blood sugar can change from one minute to the next), it is individualized (what works for one body doesn’t work for another), it is invisible (no physical or intellectual stigmas are attached to it), and paradoxically it is omnipresent (the person who has the disease has to calculate, adjust, and think about it constantly to survive). In my presentation, I will reflect on the delicate balance between attunement and friction that play out between patients and their surroundings. In particular I will focus on how dogs are transformed into instruments that become truthful and lovable sensory machines capable of detecting hypoglycemia.