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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.
Roundtable discussion with Françoise Vergès
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Terrace
Drawing on her writings and extensive research on postcoloniality, racism, and the work of Pan-Africanist scholars such as Aimé Césaire, post-colonial theorist Françoise Vergès leads a discussion on the origins of Pan-Africanism and considers its contemporary manifestation in the culture and politics of the African diaspora.
Presented in partnership with the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT).
Seating is limited! Registration highly recommended: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/returns-roundtable-discussion-with-francoise-verges-tickets-38250154241
CONSPIRACY/THEORY considers the intersection of conspiracy and theory, focusing on the imbrication of complex systems across politics, economics, militarism, and technology in the present.