Proceedings of the IV MAP-FGM International Seminar: FGM/C: From Medicine to Critical Anthropology

Has arrived the latest publication of the European project, Multisectoral Academic Programme to Prevent & Combat Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (MAP-FGM), in which the Wassu Foundation participated along with five other institutions from Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

FGM/C: From Medicine to Critical Anthropology (2018), edited by Michela Fusaschi and Giovanna Cavatorta, from the Roma Tre University, collects the proceedings of the IV MAP-FGM International Seminar, held in Rome in November 2017, where anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, exponents of NGOs, gynecologists and jurists exchanged their knowledge to reintroduce the FGM/C issue inside an anthropological framework, seeking to broaden the topic to the body modifiability, not only women’s bodies, proceeding from the historicization and the acknowledgment of subjectivities.

Another objective is criticising the biomedical approaches, as other forms of criminalization, examining the connection with other disciplines and their knowledge potential. The publication also seeks to open the issue to uncommon geographical fields, both in Africa and Asia.

The ultimate goal has been to establish the conditions to build a socio-ethno-anthropological perspective on the social gender constructions and on the biopolitics on/of the bodies, by making emerge the strengths but, most of all, the weaknesses, of the medical and regulatory gazes which, from their part, question an anthropological vocabulary that does not pertain to them, and the risk of producing opposite effects to the abandonment of these practices.

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