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Organised by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Speaker: Alberto Morales (Drexel University, USA)

Science from Below: Multispecies Relations and Global Health Inequalities

With climate change on the rise and its impact on ecologies, biodiversity, and racialized geographies, emerging infectious diseases present a considerable threat to public health and health security globally. Based on 18 months of fieldwork in Panama City, Panama, this talk highlights the ecological and multispecies relations that figure prominently in global health and natural products research. Natural-products scientists study the chemical properties of “naturally” occurring compounds in biodiversity-rich regions of the world for potential pharmaceutical developments and biomedical interventions. This presentation focuses on the potentials of multispecies assemblages in the reengineering of biotic materials beyond economic speculation. Specifically, this talk explores multiple forms of value and values in natural products research to map injustices, power differentials, and emerging possibilities in global health. In today’s post-COVID-19 world, drug research is more critical than ever, and the diversity of those who participate in creating and disseminating scientific findings is even more crucial.

All are welcome to attend this free seminar, which will be held online via Zoom at 17:00 GMT (UK time). You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link. Please click on the Book Now button at the top of the page to register.

Programme 2023/24
Autumn Term

November 16 
December 7
Winter Term 
January 25
February 15
March 7

The Latin American Ethnography Seminar is a forum in which scholars who conduct ethnographic research in Latin America and the Caribbean can present their work and get feedback in a collaborative environment, as well as build connections between researchers and departments. You can learn more about it here.

The seminar is currently hosted by the ILCS Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CRoLAC) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law (CISRUL) at the University of Aberdeen, and the Institute of Literature, Language and Anthropology at the Spanish National Research Council.

It is convened by Jessica Sklair (QMUL), Denisse Román-Burgos (University of Aberdeen) and Ainhoa Montoya (SAS & CSIC).

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