Discussion of 'Pharmocracy: Value, Politics, and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine'

Wednesday, 2 August, 2017 - 13:00

Medical Humanities at WiSER invites you to a book discussion
Value, Politics, and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine
By Kaushik Sunder Rajan
Kaushik Sunder Rajan will be in conversation with Julia Hornberger (Anthropology, Wits)
Chair: Achille Mbembe  
Continuing his pioneering theoretical explorations into the relationships among biosciences, the market, and political economy, Kaushik Sunder Rajan introduces the concept of pharmocracy to explain the structure and
operation of the global hegemony of the multinational pharmaceutical industry. His case studies from contemporary India 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.
Wednesday, 2nd August
WiSER Seminar Room
6th Floor, Richard Ward Building
East Campus, Wits University
Kaushik Sunder Rajan is an Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and the author of Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life, published by Duke University Press.