Aaron Su

Aaron Su Su received his BA from the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University in 2019, and is now a first-year PhD student at Princeton. His research has generally explored how political normativities in China – often consolidated by way of the imagistic and spectacular – are reworked through interventions at the level of affective, material, sensorial, and phenomenological life. Specifically, he has argued for a critical visual anthropology of Chinese propaganda that would allow alternative meanings to emerge beyond the immediate ontological primacy of the image itself. Retaining this investment in granular and vernacular politics, Aaron now hopes to survey the intersection of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and HIV/AIDS, in order to assess how experimentalist efforts to remake the body mediate people’s engagements with political transformations, material life, and regimes of value.