Biosecurity and Vulnerability

Advanced Seminar co-chairs Lesley A. Sharp, Ann Whitney Olin Professor, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College, and Senior Research Scientist in Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; and Nancy N. Chen, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

This presentation addresses localized realms of neglect by specifically privileging the “bio” in “biosecurity” as a means to understand the perilous embodied consequences associated with a recent proliferation in global security measures. Of special concern are the ways that biosecurity initiatives may generate unsafe conditions and insecure consequences for individual bodies and localized communities. In particular, this ethnographically-informed project seeks to foreground otherwise overlooked, neglected, or invisible forms of human vulnerability at the local level.

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