Professor Kaushik Sunder Rajan on ‘‘Ethical Monopoly: GIPAP and the Politics of Corporate Philanthropy”

We are pleased to announce that the last Culture Medicine and Power conversation of this year is with Professor Kaushik Sunder Rajan from the University of Chicago.

We will discuss a chapter from his latest book manuscript. ‘Ethical Monopoly: GIPAP and the Politics of Corporate Philanthropy’ will explore the relationship between corporate social responsibility and monopoly capitalism.

When: Monday, 9 June, Time: 11:00 – 12:30

Where: King’s College London, East Wing, Room E2.

About the speaker

Biocapital(PhD, MIT, 2002) Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College was initially trained as a biologist, obtained his PhD in the History and Social Studies of Science and Technology, and works on the anthropology of science, technology and medicine. His work has focused on a number of interrelated events and emergences: firstly, the increased corporatization of life science research; secondly, the emergence of new technologies and epistemologies within the life sciences, such as, significantly, genomics; and thirdly, the fact that these technoscientific and market emergences were not simply occurring in the United States, but rather globally. His book, ‘Biocapital: The Constitution of Post-Genomic Life’,  is a multi-sited ethnography of emergent genomic research and drug development marketplaces in the United States and India, and it traces the historical emergence of what he calls biocapital in the late 20th century, which asks questions of the nature and manner of the co-production of economic and epistemic value in the life sciences today.

If you would like to attend, please email Angela Filipe at angela.a.filipe@kcl.ac.uk confirming your participation and Angela will forward the paper to you within the next few days. 

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