When Religious Taboos Conflict With Medical Care: Pork Products and Beyond

Sherine Hamdy, PhD

  • January 17, 2019
  • 8 to 9 a.m., Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Sherine HamdyDr. Sherine Hamdy is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her research and teaching focus on medical anthropology and the Middle East. Prior to UCI, she was on the faculty at Brown University for 11 years.

She is the author of Our Bodies Belong to God: Bioethics, Islam, and Organ Transplants in Egypt (2012). Her anthropological studies have been published in Medical Anthropology; Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry; the Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics; and American Ethnologist. She is working on a book with Professor Soha Bayoumi on the role of doctors in the Arab Spring, to be published by Stanford University Press.

Hamdy is an experimental ethnographer who uses comics to bring her research to a wider audience. She is editor for an ethnoGRAPHIC series that infuses anthropological insights into the comics medium.

She published her first graphic novel, Lissa: A Story About Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution, in November 2017 with the University of Toronto Press. Lissa is set against the backdrop of the Egyptian revolution and presents a way for readers outside of academia to relate to topics that touch on health, politics and medicine in the U.S. and Egypt. Hamdy is also working on another graphic novel, under contract with Penguin, in young adult fiction. Preliminarily called Jabs, it is the story of a young Muslim woman coming of age in New York, grappling with everyday misunderstandings and family tragedy. 

About Sconyers/Godfrey Ethics Grand Rounds

The Sconyers/Godfrey Ethics Grand Rounds engages the Seattle Children’s community around a challenging ethical issue, often inspired by recent clinical cases. The grand rounds are structured to be interactive. Typically, a Seattle Children’s clinician presents a hypothetical case to frame the ethical questions. A national expert then provides a commentary on the case, followed by a half hour for robust discussion involving the audience.

The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatrics Bioethics is grateful for Jeff Sconyers and Debra Godfrey’s ongoing support of our educational activities in bioethics, which enables us to offer this thought-provoking series.

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  • Topic: The Virginity Check

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