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Lectures and Seminars in Medical Humanities-Health Studies
2013-2014 MHHS Seminar Series
Dr. Laura Foster, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Affiliate Faculty, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University
"Re-inventing Hoodia: Patent Law and Benefit Sharing as Boundary Objects in Southern Africa"
Friday, December 6th, 12 noon - 1:00 PM
Cavanaugh Hall 003
In 1998 researchers isolated and patented certain chemical compositions within the Hoodia gordonii plant responsible for suppressing appetite. Hoodia gordonii suddenly emerged as a patented invention poised to be a blockbuster anti-obesity drug.
At the same time, the Indigenous San peoples publically accused scientists of stealing their knowledge of the plant. Advancing a powerful global campaign, San peoples negotiated a benefit sharing agreement with CSIR giving them 6% of the potential revenue from future Hoodia sales.
Drawing upon and contributing to feminist post-colonial science studies, this talk considers Hoodia gordonii as a boundary object that brings the divergent interests and stakes of various social actors together. Furthermore, it unpacks the black box of patent law to ask how both science and law work together to determine who is (or is not) considered an inventor and producer of science.
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More information about the Spring 2014 seminars coming soon!
Professor André de Quadros, Professor of Music at Boston University
"Music, the Arts, and Global Health—in Search of Sangam, its Theory, and Paradigms"
Wednesday, November 13, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
University Library, Lilly Auditorium
Keynote address, Society of Ethnomusicologists, 2013 Pre-Conference Symposium. Cosponsored by the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, IUPUI Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, and the IU Center for Global Health. This keynote address is funded by IU New Frontiers/New Currents Grant through the IU Office of the Vice President for Research and the IU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.
Harvey Feigenbaum, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, IUSM
"History of Echocardiography: How to introduce something new in medicine"
Wednesday, October 30, 12 noon - 1:00PM
Emerson Hall Auditorium
Presented by the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, the IU Student History of Medicine Organization, adn the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program.
ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY as we know it today began at Indiana University School of Medicine in the fall of 1963, exactly 50 years ago. This talk will document how this technology became the world’s leading cardiovascular imaging tool.
Matt Boulton, President and Professor of Theology, Christian Theological Seminary
"Your Faith Has Made You Well—Or Has It?: Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Medical Care and Wellbeing"
Tuesday, October 29, 12 noon - 1:00PM
Emerson Hall, Room 304
Presented by the Spirit of Medicine Program and the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Seminar Series
For many healthcare professionals and patients, religion and spirituality play important roles in how care and wellbeing are understood and experienced—and yet in many cases, our capacities for exploring these connections are overlooked, underdeveloped, or relegated to specialists.
For example, many healthcare professionals conceive and experience their work as a spiritual or religious vocation; likewise, many patients experience illness, decline, recovery, and wellbeing in religious and spiritual terms. What we require are accessible, inclusive, engaging strategies for exploring these dimensions of life and work. This talk will survey this territory, using some specific Jewish and Christian resources as case studies, but with an eye to other traditions as well.
Dr. Nicholas Rattray, Ph.D
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013, 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Campus Center 309
This talk will explore issues of community reintegration for student veterans whose bodies have been altered by psychological and physical injuries. Drawing on long-term ethnographic research, I discuss the tensions that lie behind labels such as "reintegrated," "disaffected," and "disabled" and how they are negotiated in veterans’ everyday lives. In seeking to manage new embodiments and the tensions between care and the cultural dislocations of military service, many veterans have been forced to create new pathways that diverge from their prior plans—dreams both deferred and transformed.
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