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The Effects of Elusive Knowledge

Census, Health Laws and Inconsistently Modern Subjects in Early Colonial Vanuatu

Alexandra Widmer

In this article, I discuss two roles of documents in the creation and enforcement of public health laws in early colonial Vanuatu and their implication in colonial attempts to transform ni-Vanuatu societies and subjectivities. Colonial officials of the British-French Condominium based their projects on their admittedly partial knowledge in reports generated by experts studying depopulation. This knowledge, I argue, produced a ‘population’ by categorizing people according to their relationship with a reified notion of culture. The Condominium enforced health laws by sending letters to people categorized as Christian who would, the Condominium hoped, adhere to the regulations as self governing subjects. Officials would engage in persuasive conversations when they enforced the regulations in ‘bush’ villages. I conclude by reflecting on ni- Vanuatu knowledge of well-being and illness that could not be represented or documented and its centrality for subjectivities that might elude, if not subvert, the modern subject presumed by colonial strategies of governance.

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Thinking about Thinking

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Finding Continuity in US Military Veterans’ Embodied Minds

Anna Zogas

consensus as to where the lines between TBI, PTSD and other issues lie, and these tensions permeate the production of biomedical knowledge about the lasting effects of mild TBI. Furthermore, attempts to isolate a single neurobiological or psychiatric

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Birgitte Bruun

(biomedical) knowledge in an East African city . Medical Anthropology 33 ( 1 ): 68 – 83 . 10.1080/01459740.2013.833918 Rajan , Kaushik Sunder . 2005 . Subjects of speculation: Emergent life sciences and market logics in the United States and India

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Building Capacity in Ethical Review

Compliance and Transformation in the Asia-Pacific Region

Rachel Douglas-Jones

committees in the new infrastructures of how biomedical knowledge is made, trainings for committees attempt to ensure that their members understand their role and place in a wider ‘ecosystem’ of bodies and actors. PowerPoint slides during training workshops