First seminar of the GHSM Seminar Series November 8th with Professor Lochlann Jain “Monkey Milkshakes”, new work in progress on the history of virology

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for our upcoming first seminar of the GHSM Seminar Series for the year 2017/2018!

When: Wednesday 8th November from 12.00-13.00

Where: ANATOMY MUSEUM, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Prof. Løchlann Jain, Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London, will give a paper titled: “Monkey Milkshakes”.

 In this work-in-progress, Løchlann introduces her new work on the history of virology by revisiting some old stories, such as small pox and hepatitis B, to reconsider the tropes, ideologies, and fantasies that have underwritten the “medical miracle” version of vaccine history.  

Professor Lochlann Jain joins the College from the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, California.  She is a world leader in the fields of medical anthropology, legal anthropology, gender studies, and science & technology studies. She has published extensively in leading academic journals and is the author of two widely reviewed and praised books. Professor Jain’s research explores how the inevitable injuries and diseases that result from corporate and medical practices, racialized and gendered labour, and patterns of consumption have been understood and justified institutionally through economics, medicine, and law, and then how these injuries are further rendered commonsensical in science, media, and popular culture. Her work is broadly concerned with which bodies bear the costs of “progress” and the infrastructures (law, medicine, and policy) that support and normalise that distribution.  This significant research has resulted in two books:

The first book, Injury: The Politics of Product Design and Safety Law in the United States, shows how certain commercial products have come to be understood as dangerous in American injury law.  The second book, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us, explores why cancer has remained so confounding despite the attention it has received and the resources that have been used to find a cure. Globally described as one of the most important books on cancer in decades, Malignant has sparked a new conversation about cancer as a complex social, cultural and political phenomenon. The book has won several honours and awards and has been widely reviewed in journals, magazines and newspapers.

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