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STS/CSIS Food for Thought: Stacey Langwick

Toward Sustainable Property for Sustainable Health: Struggles of Control over the Value of Therapeutic Plants in Africa
When May 03, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 1246 SS&H
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Professor Stacey Langwick (Anthropology, Cornell University) has agreed to share a work in progress with us. She will give a short talk describing her new project, and then, following the "Food for Thought" format, those attending with discuss her ideas without her participation for the first 30 minutes. Then she will join in the discussion.


Her brief abstract:


"This talk is about the early phases of a new ethnographic research project on the contemporary development of traditional medicine in Africa. The past decade has brought a wave of new national laws acknowledging traditional medicine in Africa and re-imagining it as an object of legal protection and commercial development. Tanzania provides a particularly rich site to explore the new configurations of science, capital, and politics that are giving rise to these efforts. Here former colonial and socialist interests in traditional medicine have re-emerged with new enthusiasm as market-oriented solutions to development. Yet, what sort of commodity might modern traditional medicines be? This question requires empirical investigation at the nexus of laboratory practice, intellectual property regimes, and African communities. The technical languages and specialized practices of science and law are grounding debates over the viability of a commons, the social responsibility of capital, and the character of publics in Africa. I am particularly interested in emerging innovations in property."


Lunch provided with RSVP.
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