The Value of Life and the Worth of Lives: An Anthropology of InequalityThe Value of Life and the Worth of Lives: An Anthropology of Inequalityhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/260727KINSC Sharpless Auditorium2014-04-15T17:00:002014-04-15T19:00:00
April 15,2014 5:00PM–7:00PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Didier Fassin, M.D., Ph.D., James Wolfensohn Professor, School of Science, Institute for Advanced Study
HEALTH STUDIES INAUGURAL TALK
Didier Fassin, M.D., Ph.D.
James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
"The Value of Life and the Worth of Lives: An Anthropology of Inequality"
April 15, 2014
4:00 Reception, KINSC Rotunda
5:00 Talk, Sharpless Auditorium
The Value of Life and the Worth of Lives: An Anthropology of Inequality
A contradiction lies at the heart of contemporary society. On the one hand, life is valued as the highest good defining the common humanity. On the other hand, what lives are actually worth varies considerably across social classes, racial groups and national contexts. Based on historical, sociological and epidemiological evidence, the lecture will propose an anthropology of inequality that can be read as a critical perspective for the study of health.
Didier Fassin is a physician and anthropologist. From 1999-2003, he was Administrator and Vice President of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). He is a leading scholar in the fields of moral and political anthropology; anthropology of medicine, health, and the body; and critical studies of humanitarianism and the politics of life. His investigations in medical anthropology have focused on issues of power and inequality in Senegal, Congo and Ecuador. He has also extended the field of political and moral anthropology with studies on AIDS, memory and history, in South Africa; disaster and aid in Venezuela; immigration, prison and policing in France; and witnessing and testifying in Palestine. Recently his inquiries have engaged tensions and contradictions of humanitarianism in the context of immigration and asylum, disease and poverty, conflict and war.
He was written and co-edited over ten books. They include Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present (2011), Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing (2013), When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa (2007). His articles on anthropology, ethics, medicine, and public health have appeared in over 100 journals.
Sponsored by: Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center; Bi-Co Minor in Health Studies
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