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Fisher Center Speaker: Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Date : Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Time : 7:00 pm.
Location : Geneva Room
Category : On-Campus Events

Wednesday, Nov. 14, Kaushik Sunder Rajan will join the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men to discuss “The Scandal of the Trial: HPV Vaccines, Knowledge / Value, and Experimental Subjectivity” at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

In early April 2010, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) halted a project that involved the experimental administration of Gardasil, a vaccine developed by Merck used to prevent human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, in Bhadrachalam, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Bhadrachalam is a predominantly tribal area; questions were asked about conducting a study on tribal girls. This controversy is an entry point into the politics around pharmaceuticals and health in India today.

How do these politics emerge in relation to global logics of biocapital? In what ways does public health get conscripted into, and changed in the process of, articulations with these global logics? What kinds of experimental subjectivity get produced as a consequence?

Kaushik Sunder Rajan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He 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. He is the author of Biocapital: The Constitution of Post-Genomic Life (Duke, 2006) and editor of Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics and Governance in Global Markets (Duke, 2012).