The Latest At 3CT
New book salon: pharmocracy
Monday, November 20, 2017
Seminary Co-op (map)
Please join us for the first New Book Salon of the academic year. Kaushik Sunder Rajan will be discussing his latest publication, Pharmocracy.
Continuing his pioneering theoretical explorations into the relationships among biosciences, the market, and political economy, Rajan introduces the concept of pharmocracy to explain the structure and operation of the global hegemony of the multinational pharmaceutical industry. He reveals pharmocracy's logic in two case studies from contemporary India: the controversial introduction of an HPV vaccine in 2010, and the Indian Patent Office's denial of a patent for an anticancer drug in 2006 and ensuing legal battles. In each instance health was appropriated by capital and transformed from an embodied state of well-being into an abstract category made subject to capital's interests. These cases demonstrate the precarious situation in which pharmocracy places democracy, as India's accommodation of global pharmaceutical regulatory frameworks pits the interests of its citizens against those of international capital. Sunder Rajan's insights into this dynamic make clear the high stakes of pharmocracy's intersection with health, politics, and democracy.
inaguaral future cafe
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
4:30 PM 6:00 PM
Wilder House (map)
Please join 3CT’s new venture into the future. Under the auspices of the Materializing the Future research project, Professors Shannon Dawdy and Bill Brown will facilitate the Future Café, a venue where students in the College can creatively and collaboratively imagine possibilities for the long term.
What is a Future Café? It is an experiment. It is an open-ended conversation. It is a chance to brainstorm and share ideas without evaluation. It is a place to eat cake. Based loosely on both 3CT’s successful Book Salon series and the global Death Café movement, the objective of this new recurring event is to provide opportunity and space for undergraduates to collectively imagine utopian possibilities and long-term futures. What sort of ideas appeal in the present moment? What projects are already underway? What is neo-futurism, or futurology? What is the role of imagination in shaping politics, the environment, and social life? How might radical futures be brought into being? Each café will have a general theme linked to an optional discussion piece such as a podcast, a piece of fiction or journalism, a film, or a museum exhibit.