Cultivated Cures: Ethnographic Encounters with Contentious Stem Cell Regenerations in India

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 5:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
CSSD's Precision Medicine working group presents Aditya Bharadwaj, Research Professor, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, on "Cultivated Cures: Ethnographic Encounters with Contentious Stem Cell Regenerations in India" on October 13th, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at 754 Schermerhorn Extension.
 
The lecture seeks to conceptualize how we might understand a scene of chronic and progressively pathological affliction as a site for witnessing the anatomy of a cultured and cultivated cure from within the emergent field of regenerative medicine. The argument seeks to probe how this allows us to see a progressive and aggressive affliction as paradoxically regenerating in the face of curative operations that end up maintaining a tenuous truce, a dormant zone that can be imagined as health. This fleeting ‘health’ wedged precariously between a cultivated cure and a regenerating affliction offers fascinating insights into the emerging world of stem cell therapeutics.
 
The event is free and open to the public. Columbia University is committed to creating an environment that includes and welcomes people with disabilities. If you need accommodations because of a disability, please email Liz Bowen, at elb2157@columbia.edu, at least two weeks in advance.