Today, Culture, Medicine & Power Conversation: “Places of Pharmaceutical Knowledge-Making: Global health, Postcolonial Science, and South African drug discovery”

Dr Anne Pollock, Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Culture in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, will be dropping by KCL’s Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine today, March 17, and will be sharing a paper with the Culture, Medicine and Power research group on the topic of “Places of Pharmaceutical Knowledge-Making: Global health, Postcolonial Science, and South African drug discovery.

Anne Pollock’s research and teaching focus on biomedicine and culture, theories of race and gender, and how science and medicine are mobilized in social justice projects. She is particularly interested in how medical categories and technologies are enrolled in telling stories about identity and difference, especially with regard to race, gender, and citizenship.

Her latest book, Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Differencetracks the intersecting discourses of race, pharmaceuticals, and cardiovascular disease in the United States from the founding of cardiology to the controversial approval of BiDil for heart failure in “self-identified black patients.” She is also engaged in ongoing projects in three areas: feminism and heart disease; American health disparities and citizenship claims; and drug discovery efforts by and for the Global South (specifically South Africa).

When: Today, Monday March 17th, 400-530 pm

Where: East Wing, Room D12

Anyone interested in attending and receiving Anne’s paper in advance of the meeting, please contact Dr Scott Vrecko: scott.vreckoATkcl.ac.uk

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