Accepted paper:

Fluid Bodies

Author:

Julie Laplante (University of Ottawa)

Paper short abstract:

Anchoring my thoughts in fieldwork done with women becoming-plant in preparing daily fresh healing elixirs in Yogyakarta on the Island of Java in Indonesia, I would like to tease out how working upon open-bodies or body multiple figures what people do to stay healthy.

Paper long abstract:

Anchoring my thoughts in fieldwork done with women becoming-plant in preparing daily fresh healing elixirs in Yogyakarta on the Island of Java in Indonesia, I would like to tease out how working upon open-bodies or body multiple figures what people do to stay healthy. Jamu medicine works as just another fluid moving through bodies of winds and flows (Ferzacca 2009) thoroughly permeated within volcanic soils and hindu, buddhist, confucianist, islamic tones all javanizined in one way or another. How this might speak to biomedical and humanitarian interventions who rely upon an idea of a universal biological body will be teased out. Namely, javanese fluid bodies will be discussed with relation to Deleuze and Guattari's 'body without organs' formulated as a critique to Western thinking through the tree. Rhizomatic thinking will be further articulated with Ingold's 'world without objects' or life as lines of becoming in meshworks. How this coincides with what I learned in Java informs thoughts on how this indeed does provide paths towards very different ways of attending to bodies in the world.

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