dhr. dr. C.S. (Sebastian) Abrahamsson
Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Afdeling Sociologie en Antropologie
1012 CX Amsterdam
Bodies, as we perceive them, are normally bounded in space - they appear to us as whole and impermeable, separated from other bodies and the environment by a boundary that we call the skin. Eating and metabolic bodies, however, open up and incorporate their environment complicating this distinction between inside and outside. But eating bodies are not radically unbounded and permeable; rather, they are semi-permeable, keeping some things inside and excreting others. A mouth can be such a semi-permeable boundary, but other organs (the esophagus, the cardia, the pancreas, the rectum) and metabolic and digestive processes (cooking, chewing, swallowing, ingesting, absorbing, and excreting) can also be described as semi-permeable boundaries separating and mediating between several insides/outsides. How are such boundaries done and studied in practice? What are the repertoires of spatial models/imaginations that can be drawn from such boundary work? How do these boundariesreconfigure what it could mean to eat? And how can those models/imaginations afford a different sense of what a body can be and do? These are some of the questions that I hope to explore in my project by probing situations where eating (as defined above) is considered problematic.
- Abrahamsson, S (in preparation) "Complex Anatomies of
Eating: Between Fluids and Solids"
- Abrahamsson, S (in preparation) "Emergent Normativities
of Speed & Food"
- Abrahamsson, S & Mol, Annemarie (forthcoming) "The Whereabouts of Pizza Hawaii. Notes on Topological Complexity" in Adey, P., Bissell, D., Hannam, K., Merriman, P., & Sheller, M. (Eds.) (2012). Handbook of Mobilities London: Routledge.
- Cook, I., Jackson, P. Hayes-Conroy, A., Abrahamsson, S. (et al,) "Food's cultural geographies: texture, creativity & publics" book chapter, submitted to New Companion to Cultural Geography ( see link below for more details)
- Munk, A & Abrahamsson, S (2012) "When Empiricism
Intervenes: Strategy and Tactics on the Ontopolitical
Battlefield", Science Studies 25(1): 52-70
- Abrahamsson, S & Simpson, P (2011) "The Limits of the
Body: Boundaries, Capacities, Thresholds", Social and
Cultural Geography, 12(4): 331-338
- Abrahamsson, S (2010) "Something Happening. On the
Geographies of a Mummified Body", Oxford University DPhil
- Abrahamsson, S (2010) "Stillness, Re-Animated.
Experiencing Body Worlds and the Work of Art" in Bisell, D
& Fuller, G (eds.) Stillness in a Mobile World. London:
Routledge pp. 155-171
- Abrahamsson, S(2009) "Between motion and rest:
Encountering Bodies in/on display", M/C Journal Vol. 12(1)
- Abrahamsson, C & Abrahamsson, C (2007) "In
conversation with the body conveniently known as Stelarc",
Cultural Geographies,Vol 14(2) 2007: 293-308
- Abrahamsson, C & Abrahamsson, S (2007) "Kreativiteten
och socialisationen" ["Creativity and Socialisation"], in
Rider, S & Jörnesten, A (eds.) Reclaim the Science! En
stridsskrift, Gidlunds Förlag
- Abrahamsson, S (2007) "By Northern Light: on the making of geography in Sweden", ScottishGeographical Journal Vol 123(3) 2007: 235-236
- Abrahamsson, S & De Vries, K (2012) "Dumpsters, Muffins, Waste and Law" paper written for Discard Studies from conference presentation at AAG, 2012
Conference papers, participation and organisation
- 2012 " Of Worms and Humans: notes from experiments in vermicomposting " paper to be presented at Institute of British Geographers/Royal Geographical Society, IBG/RGS, Edinburgh (together with Filippo Bertoni)
- 2012 " Limits of edibility: practices of eating "waste" and polluted food in urban environments ", to be presented at Nordic Conference of Consumer Research, NCCR, Gothenburg, Sweden
- 2012 "'I may be looking for waste, but I eat food': On the Legal and Organic limits of Eating Wasted Food ", Association of American Geographers, AAG, Boston, USA (together with Katjade Vries)
- 2012 "Eating Media?", Association of American Geographers, AAG, Boston, USA
- 2011 "Technologies of Belonging" invited to comment on
paper given by Marianne Sommer, organised by Amade M'charek,
Katharina Schramm & David Skinner in Amsterdam
- 2011 "Human Creativity Seminar" invited participant at Mellon Sawyer seminar in Oxford, organised by Sarah Whatmore & Chris Gosden
- 2009 "The limits of the body" Organised paper session at the Association of American Geographers, AAG, LasVegas, USA (co-organised with Paul Simpson, Bristol University)
- 2008 "Transforming dead bodies into objects of science and art", Invited speaker at Museion/Biomedicine on display, Copenhagen, Denmark
- 2008 "Medicine and new media" Summer school organised by the Centre for the History of Medicine, Warwick University, UK
- 2008 "Tracing bodies through time and space: Or, how to make materials talk again", The European Association for the Study ofScience and Technology, EASST, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- 2008 "The geography of the mummy: turning dead bodies into art objects", Institute of British Geographers/Royal Geographical Society, IBG/RGS, London
- 2008 "Images, Screens and Bodies", Association of American Geographers, AAG,Boston, USA (co-presenter Christian Abrahamsson)
- 2007 "Neurosocieties: The rise and impact of the new brain sciences", European Neuroscience and Society Network launch conference London School of Economics, UK
- 2007 "Looking in/through the body: The geography of bodily spaces", Nature and Super-nature, Exeter University, UK
- 2007 "Invasive science and inventive arts: Towards a geography of bodily inner spaces", Wessex Consortium, UK
- 2006 "Stelarc and the body´s potentiality",Research seminar at Uppsala University, Sweden (co-authored with Christian Abrahamsson, Uppsala University)
- 2005 "Stelarc: Performance art and the body", Nordic summer school (NSU), Tartuu, Estonia (co-authored with Christian Abrahamsson, Uppsala University)
- Of Worms and Humans: notes from experiments in
vermicomposting (forthcoming, co-author/presenter
Where: IBG/RGS, Edinburgh
When: 3rd July 2012 - 5th July 2012
- Limits of edibility: practices of eating "waste" and
polluted food in urban environments (forthcoming)
Where: NCCR 2012, Gothenburg
When: 30th May 2012 - 1st June 2012
- Eating media?
Where: AAG, New York
When: 28th February 2012
- I may be looking for waste, but I eat food': On the
Legal and Organic limits of Eating Wasted Food
(presented by Katja de Vries)
Where: AAG, New York
When: 24th February 2012
- Introducing the limits of the body (presented
by Dr Paul Simpson)
Where: AAG, Las Vegas
When: 25th March 2009
- The geography of the mummy: turning dead bodies into
Where: IBG/RGS, London
When: 29th August 2008
- Awakening the Dead? Bringing 'Life' Back to the
When: 23rd August 2008
- Images - Screens, Brains and Bodies
Where: AAG, Boston
When: 17th April 2008
- Transforming dead bodies into scientific and artistic
objects Where: Museion, Copenhagen
When: 9th September 2008
- Looking in/through the body: The geography of bodily
Where: Nature and Super-nature
When: 21st September 2007
- Invasive science and inventive arts: Towards a
geography of bodily inner spaces
Where: Wessex consortium
- I. Cook, P. Jackson, A. Hayes-Conroy, S. Abrahamsson, R. Sandover, M. Sheller, H. Henderson, L. Hallett, S. Imai, D. Maye & A. Hill (2013). Food's cultural geographies: texture, creativity and publics. In N. Johnson, R. Schein & J. Winders (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell companion to cultural geography (Blackwell companions to geography) (pp. 343-354). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
- C.S. Abrahamsson & A. Mol (2013). The Whereabouts of Pizza Hawaii. Notes on Topological Complexity. In Handbook of Mobilities. London/New York: Routledge.
- A.K. Munk & S. Abrahamsson (2012). Empiricist interventions: strategy and tactics on the ontopolitical battlefield. Science Studies, 25(1), 52-70.
- S. Abrahamsson & P. Simpson (2011). The limits of the body: boundaries, capacities, thresholds. Social & Cultural Geography, 12(4), 331-338.
- C.S. Abrahamsson (2010). Stillness, Re-Animated. Experiencing Body Worlds and the Work of Art. London: Routledge.
- C.S. Abrahamsson & P. Simpson (Eds.). (2012). Social & Cultural Geography, 12(4).
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