Pyar Seth

PhD Student, Political Science and Medical Anthropology
Pyar Seth
Academic Institution: Johns Hopkins University Location: Baltimore, Maryland Cohort Start Year: 2021
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Racial Justice, Violence and Trauma
Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), African-American/Black, Urban Communities

FOCUS
Pyar studies Black sociopolitical life and death and how medical language, strategies, and technologies reenact and adhere race to bodies. Through an examination of institutional intervention and state violence, he also focuses on understanding the nature of stress and well-being in Black communities through capturing geographies of affect, bio-sensing, and psychophysiological response to racial violence. Black people have been expected to endure, to come to work, to provide for our families, to denounce our humanity, and hide our anguish and rage. Within a society in which Blackness is reduced to production (racial capitalism), there is a need to prioritize rest, namely because Black people never seem able to. One can begin to notice both an urgency and exhaustion in the dissemination of the phrase Black Lives Matter — a restlessness concerning persistent anti-Black dismemberment, torture, and fatality. As Fred Moten (2003) posed, what does it mean to “embody the extended movement of a specific upheaval, an ongoing irruption that can arrange every line” as one is seeking medical care? Given the pervasiveness of anti-Black violence, for Black people, what does it mean to rest? Through (digital) archival and ethnographic work on how the experience of well-being is dispersed, there is an opportunity to imagine a future of Black relaxation, idleness, and build health policy that is oriented toward a detailed reading of Black everyday life.

MORE ABOUT PYAR
Pyar is committed to Black Studies. His interdisciplinary research background is one focused on humanistic inquiry as a process of cultivating health, connecting diverse people, and humanizing medical practice and education.

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