Vital Geographies I.
Life: cultural, technical and geographical variations
June 25, 2007, City Centre Seminar Room, Francis Bancroft
Building, Queen Mary College, University of London,
Mile End Road, E1 4NS
||Welcome and Introduction
||Dr Gerry Kearns – ‘Vital
Geographies: Geography and Social Justice'
||Chair: Clare Herrick – University College
||Professor Brian Salter: ‘States,
strategies and regenerative medicine: the global
politics of future values’
||Chair: Dr Bronwyn Parry
||Professor Jon Harkness: ‘'So
Situated': A Review of the History of Non-therapeutic
Medical Research on Prisoners in the United States’
||Chair: Dr Beth Greenhough
||Dr Richard Ashcroft: ‘Do
bioethics and human rights approaches to human experimentation
||Chair: Kaushik Sunder Rajan
||Dr Adam Hedgecoe: "reinventing
the wheel - do we really need empirical bioethics?"
||Chair: Alan Ingram
||Round table discussion
||Chairs: Simon Reid-Henry and Gerry Kearns
Vital Geographies II.
Meaning: The coordination and regulation of vitality
Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th August, 2007
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing
Place, Cambridge, CB2 3EN.
Contact: Clare Herrick: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 27 August
||Paul Draus, University of Michigan-Dearborn,
Digging Detroit: drugs, work and worth in the aftermath
of abandonment Paul is the author
of a marvelous ethnography of people in a zone of
abandonment: Consumed in the city: observing tuberculosis
at century's end (Temple University Press, 2004).
||Susan Craddock, University of
Vital Circulations: The Geopolitics of Tuberculosis
Susan is the author of an excellent work in historical
medical geography: City of Plagues: disease, poverty,
and deviance in San Francisco (University of Minnesota
Press, 2000). She has since been working on issues
of globalization and AIDS: [with Ezekial Malipeni,
Joseph Oppong, and Jayati Ghosh, AIDS in Africa:
beyond epidemiology (Blackwell, 2004).
||Richard Smith, University of
Aging, gender and entitlements under
the English Old Poor Law; Charting and explaining
regional contrasts Richard is a historical
demographer looking at long-term shifts in the nature
of welfare entitlements and the effects this has
upon longevity and healthiness.
||Jim Oeppen, Max Planck Institute
for Demographic Research, Rostock, Oeppen@demogr.mpg.de
How efficient from a social planner's
perspective are current age-specific changes in
mortality? A cross- country comparison.
Jim is a demographer who has been working recently
on population projections for the elderly portion
of the population. With James Vaupel, he published
an article, 'Broken limits to life expectancy,'
on this in Science in 2002.
||Alan Ingram, University College
HIV/AIDS, security and the geopolitics
of US-Nigerian relations Alan works
on issues of global security and the geopolitics
of health. He edited a collection of essays on this:
Health, foreign policy and security: towards a conceptual
framework for research and policy (Nuffield Trust,
Tuesday 28 August
||Sridhar Venkatapuram, University
of Cambridge, email@example.com,
Extending the Capabilities Approach
of Nussbaum and Sen Sridhar is a graduate
student at Cambridge examining the differences between
rights and capabilities as ways of thinking about
||Gerry Kearns, University of Cambridge,
Thinking about health entitlements:
utility, contract, capabilities, convention, or
a mixed model?
||Matthew Gandy, University College
Urban bulimia and the prosthetic city
Matthew works on the political ecology of cities
and his wonderful publications include: Concrete
and clay: reworking nature in New York City (MIT
Press, 2002); (edited with Alimuddin Zimla) The
return of the White Plague: global poverty and the
‘new tuberculosis’ (Verso, 2003); Hydropolis
||Michael Brown, University of
Everybody gets VD!: Sexualities and
Urban Public Health Politics in PostWar Seattle
Michael is a political geographer who was worked
on issues of AIDS and on the spaces of gay political
organization in the city. His exciting publications
include: Replacing citizenship: AIDS activism and
radical democracy (Guilford, 1997); Closet Space:
Geographies of Metaphor from the Body to the Globe
||David Nally, University of Cambridge,
Human Incumbrances: Political Violence
and the Great Irish Famine, 1847-53
David is preparing a book on the Great Irish Famine
that extends the biopolitical theories of Foucault
and Agamben in thinking about the politics of starvation.
Vital Geographies III.
Politics: Biosecurity, biopolitics and the spaces of
substantive health rights
Friday 14th December
City Centre Seminar Room, Francis Bancroft Building,
Queen Mary College, University of London, Mile End Road,
||John Cornwell, Jesus College, Cambridge
HIV/AIDS in Uganda and Women's Grassroots
John is the author of a number of acclaimed books
about the history of science and religion. His most
recent book is Darwin's Angel: An Angelic Riposte
to “The God Delusion”.
||Vincent Del Casino, Department of
Geography at California State University, Long Beach,
Negotiating life, HIV, health and healing
in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Long Beach, California:
A complex geography of care in ‘oh-so- different’
Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. has published numerous
articles and book chapters related to his interest
in critical social theory and health geography with
a particular focus on health care programs for people
living with HIV disease as well as HIV prevention
outreach in both Thailand and Long Beach, California.
||Vinh-Kim Nguyen, University of Montreal
Experimentality. AIDS relief and the emergence
of a military therapeutic complex in Africa?
Vinh-Kim is a physician and medical anthropologist,
and an associate member of the Department of Anthropology
at McGill where he has carried out a series of studies
into the political and social impact of AIDS funding
regimes in West Aftrica. He was recently awarded
the SSHRC Aurora Prize for his critical work on
||Katerini T. Storeng firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting the target but missing the goal:
global advocacy for maternal health
Katerini is an anthropologist at the London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Health, where she has been
involved in a longitudinal interdisciplinary study
exploring the health, social and economic consequences
of severe obstetric complications for women in Burkina
Faso and Indonesia. With Dominique Behague, she
has just completed an ESRC-funded ethnographic study
of evidence-based policy-making in international
maternal health. Katerini will be presenting from
doctoral research that she is currently conducting
under the supervision of Dominique Béhague,
funded by the Research Council of Norway.
||Andrew Lakoff email@example.com
The Materialities of Information: Genomics
and Global Psychiatry.
Andrew is an anthropologist in the Department of
Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.
For his recent book, Pharmaceutical Reason,
he carried out fieldwork on the role of the global
circulation of pharmaceuticals in the spread of
biological models of human behavior.
Contact: Clare Herrick: firstname.lastname@example.org