Save the dates for the 2014/15 Culture, Medicine and Power Conversation

We are very pleased to announce the 2014/15 calendar for the Culture Medicine, and Power Conversations. The conversations are sponsored by  Culture, Medicine & Power (CMP), an interdisciplinary research group examining the social, cultural, historical and political dimensions of health, illness, medicine, and biotechnologies. Using CMP-Logo-72dpi399x145qualitative methods and collaborative approaches, the group conducts sociological, anthropological and historical research with regards to the social implication of biomedical knowledges and practices.

Everybody is welcome to join the conversations. The only requirement is that people read the draft papers beforehand. 

If you are interested in attending contact Dr Carlo Caduff:

Wednesday, 24 September, 1-2pm

Dr Jenny Reardon

Dr Jenny Reardon

Professor Jenny Reardon, University of California, Santa Cruz

Jenny Reardon is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. She founded and directs the Science and Justice Research Center at UCSC and she is a Visiting Professor at SSHM, King’s College London. She is the author of Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics (Princeton University Press, 2005) and is currently working on a second book manuscript entitled The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome.

Monday, 27 October, 12-1pm

Dr. Linsey McGoey, University of Essex

Linsey McGoey’s research is focused on three broad areas. First, the sociology of ignorance and the usefulness of strategic unknowns in asserting expertise, evading liability and consolidating authority in daily and organizational life. Second, the politics of “philanthrocapitalism,” and a study of how new philanthropic players such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are reshaping the fields of global health and education delivery in US and global contexts, often with unintended or unspoken consequences. Finally, a third, nascent project is focused on the politics of abundance, exploring how a range of theorists, from Sen to Bataille, have reconfigured notions of scarcity, excess and surplus wealth.

Wednesday, 12 November, 1-2pm. 

 Dr. Claudia Aradau, King’s College London


Dr Claudia Aradau

Claudia Aradau is Reader in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Her research has explored security practices globally and has critically interrogated their political effects. She has published widely on critical security studies. Her current work focuses on the problematisation of the future in security practices and the governance of social and political life. Taking her earlier work on risk, exceptionalism, and catastrophe into a new direction, it analyses historical and contemporary articulations of the future in security and politics.

Wednesday, 26 November, 12-1pm

Dr. Simon Cohn, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Simon Cohn’s research focuses on issues related to diagnosis, contested conditions and chronic illness in the UK and other high-income societies. More recently, he has started to think about the manner in which social relationships affect health care in tangible, material ways; for example, how trust – and mistrust – gets ‘done.’ With a strong commitment to contemporary social theory, he is interested in how innovative social science might provide both critical insight and influence in aspects of contemporary biomedical practice.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015, 12-1pm. 

 Professor Sarah Hodges, University of Warwick

Sarah Hodges is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick. She works on the social and cultural history of modern South Asia, specifically the politics of health in colonial and postcolonial India. Her interests lie at the intersection of a number of fields: modern South Asian history, cultural studies, urban history, and the history of science, technology and medicine. She is currently finishing a book about the waste economies of medical garbage in Chennai, India, titled: Throwaway Medicine: The Material Afterlives of Healthcare in India and Elsewhere.

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