Wednesday, April 8, 2015

[Upcoming Seminar] Locally Risked Biologies: Heart Disease Epidemiology and the Politics of Representation in Transnational Medical Research


Locally Risked Biologies: Heart Disease Epidemiology and the Politics of Representation in Transnational Medical Research

Speaker: Lindsey ALEXANDER (Doctoral Candidate Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Visiting Student in the International Asian Studies Programme and Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Time: 12:30 p.m., 10 April 2015 (Friday)
Venue: Room 401, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK

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This talk examines how chronic disease epidemiologists account for differences in heart disease patterns observed in Western and Chinese populations. It argues that recent attempts to include non-Western populations in chronic disease research, in combination with an emerging understanding of such diseases as variable across time and place, are challenging traditional biomedical perspectives on human biological difference and the universality of scientific knowledge.

Drawing from Margaret Lock's work on "local biologies," it envisions chronic disease researchers as engaged in an effort to localize both bodies and science in time and space.


ALL INTERESTED ARE WELCOME.



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