Next SSHM Seminar November 19th: Ricardo Camargo on “Towards a Genealogy of Pharmacological Practices”

We are delighted to invite you to our next SSHM Seminar Series event. Please mark your calendars to hear Ricardo Camargo (Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Juridical and Social Sciences, University of Talca, Chile) speak about “Towards a Genealogy of Pharmacological Practices”. Ricardo is a Visiting Research Fellow in our Department.

Prof Ricardo Camargo

Prof Ricardo Camargo

The Seminar will place on Wednesday 19th November from 13:00-14:30 in Room STD/S3.31, Strand Building, King’s College London.


Following Foucault’s work on disciplinary power and biopolitics, this talk maps an initial cartography of the research areas to be traced by a genealogy of pharmacological practice. Pharmacology, as a practical activity, refers to the creation, production and sale of drugs/medication. This work identifies five areas of research that, although often disconnected from each other, can be observed in the specialised literature: i) pharmaceuticalization; ii) regulation of the pharmaceutical industry; iii) the political-economic structure of the pharmaceutical industry; iv) medication consumption/consumerism; v) and bio-knowledge. This talk suggests that a systematic analysis of these areas of research leads one to consider pharmacological practice a sui generis dispositive of power – reaching beyond the purely disciplinary and biopolitical levels, to encompass molecular configurations. This, in turn, gives rise not only to new types of government over life, but also to new struggles for life, extending from the molecular to population-wide levels.

Ricardo Camargo holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Sheffield (2008), a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Chile (2006), a MA from the University of Otago (New Zealand, 2003), and a Bachelor degree in Legal and Social Sciences and Law from the University of Chile (1997).  He is currently a Visiting Professor of Social Theory in the Faculty of Law at the University of Chile; a Visiting Foreign Professor of the Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies on Subjectivity at the University of Buenos Aires; and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine at King’s College London. His research blends Nikolas Rose and Michel Foucault’s studies of governmentality, and Zizek, Laclau, and Mouffe’s analysis of ideologies and political identities. He places special emphasis on analysing the impact of the recent developments around governmentality and related public policies, especially with regards to gender, multiculturality, and biocitizenship. Ricardo has published two books: The New Critique of Ideology: Lessons from Post- Pinochet Chile (2013) and The Sublime Return of Ideology . From Plato to Žižek (2011). He won the Chilean National Council on Culture and Arts (CNCA) Book Fund in 2011. His new book, Rethinking the Political, will be published in Argentina in 2014 by Editorial Prometeo.​

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the event!

If you would like to speak in the SSHM Seminar Series, please contact Dr Hanna Kienzler, the convenor of the series, at

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