Kavita Sivaramakrishnan to present at AAA in San Jose

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Columbia Aging Center interim co-director, Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, PhD, will present a paper at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association at San Jose on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at a session titled "Ageless: Reflections on Lawrence Cohen's 'No Aging in India'" bringing together anthropological, historical and social gerontological perspectives on studying age and aging in South Asia and beyond.


Session details as follows:

American Anthropological Association 2018 Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 17
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: San Jose Convention Center, Concourse Level, MR 212 B

Organizers: Nayantara Appleton (Victoria University of Wellington), Bharat Venkat (Assistant Professor, University of Oregon)
Chairs: Bharat Venkat (Assistant Professor, University of Oregon), Lawrence Cohen (University of California, Berkeley)

Presenters: Rashmi Sadana (George Mason University), Tobias Rees (McGill University), Martha Selby (Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin), Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Columbia Aging Center, Columbia University), Sarah Pinto (Tufts University)

Two decades ago, Lawrence Cohen's No Aging in India: Alzheimer's, the Bad Family, and Other Modern Things challenged the ways in which we think about aging & senility, kinship & its undoing, medicine & the nation, language & the possibilities of ethnographic writing, and what it means to do the anthropology of South Asia. But its 300-odd pages contain much more, a palimpsest of adventures that beckons the reader down Banarsi alleyways to meet curious dogs and dog ladies, to the Ganga riverfront where boatmen arrive bearing messages from God, and into American supermarket checkout lines stocked with celebrity-gossip tabloids.

As part of a retrospective panel, a group of scholars will come together to look back on No Aging, to explore the milieu in which it was written and in which it appeared. But they will also reflect on how No Aging has helped to forge new openings and connections, either in their own research or in broader fields like anthropology, STS, South Asian Studies and critical gerontology. This event will also serve to officially inaugurate the Science & Medicine in South Asia (SMSA) Special Interest Group of the Society for Medical Anthropology.