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Engaging with Dementia: Friendship and Abandonment at the Margins of Social Personhood

Posted: 10/10/2017 (Local Events)

On Wednesday October 11, 2017, the Medical Anthropology and Global Health Seminar Series is pleased to present:

“Engaging with Dementia: Friendship and Abandonment at the Margins of Social Personhood”

Janelle S. Taylor, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

3:30-4:50 PM

Kane Hall, Room 110

In this talk, Professor Taylor will draw on recent interview-based research to discuss some of the creative and experimental ways that individuals engaged in friendships with older adults who have dementia may respond to the moral challenges presented by this situation, in contexts where dementia renders fragile claims to personhood and a life that has value.

Janelle S. Taylor is Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, University of Washington. Her research engages many topics in the field of medical anthropology, such as medical technology and clinical care practices, medical decision-making at the end of life, and questions of personhood and caregiving in relation to dementia. Her work has been published in journals, ranging from Culture, Medicine & PsychiatryClinical Journal of the American Society of NephrologyAmerican Anthropologist, to Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Together with other colleagues, Professor Taylor received a grant from the National Institute on Aging that supports research to assess if and how differences in health outcomes and usage of health care services among older adults with dementia may be impacted by the availability, or absence, of family to offer informal caregiving support.

Next speaker: Wednesday 18 October – Seth D. Messinger, Affiliate Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington

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For more information about the MAGH speaker series, please contact coordinator: Marieke van Eijk (


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Date: 10/11/2017

Time: 3:30-4:50 PM

Location: Kane Hall, Room 110