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Lecture | LUCIS What's New?! Series

Careful Waiting in the Last Phase of Life: Islam, Medicine and Life-Limiting Illness in Indonesia

Thursday 8 December 2022
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What's New?! Fall Lecture Series 2022
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

How do people talk and not talk about dying when confronted with advanced life-limiting illness? How do Islamic notions of the good death and ethical demands to strive for healing influence medical decision-making in the final phase of life? Drawing on long-term ethnographic research on HIV/AIDS in the Indonesian province of Aceh, as well as a more recent project on palliative care, this talk discusses how Indonesian Muslims engage with bioethical dilemmas resulting from medicalization at the end of life. It discusses the ethics of “knowing” when death is coming, a form of knowledge needed to appropriately prepare for death, and the various ways in which Islam and biomedicine become entangled in this endeavor.

About Annemarie Samuels

Annemarie Samuels is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded project “Globalizing Palliative Care: A Multi-sited Ethnographic Study of Practices, Policies, and Discourses of Care at the End of Life”. She is author of After the Tsunami: Disaster Narratives and the Remaking of Everyday Life in Aceh (University of Hawai’i Press, 2019) and co-editor (with Michael Feener and David Kloos) of Islam and the Limits of the State: Reconfigurations of Practice, Community, and Authority in Contemporary Aceh (Brill, 2015). Her research focuses on health, care, narrative, silence, morality and disaster in Indonesia. She is editorial board member of the BKI: Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia.

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