[Ssnet_list] Save the Date! 3/9,
L.A. Sharp on "Moral Thinking in Xenotransplant Research"
Janelle S Taylor
jstaylor at uw.edu
Fri Jan 6 14:44:41 PST 2012
SAVE THE DATE!
"Hybrid Bodies and Animal Science:
Moral Thinking in Xenotransplant Research"
a public lecture by
Professor Lesley A. Sharp
(Barnard College and Columbia University)
Friday, March 9th
Lesley A. Sharp is a medical anthropologist on faculty at Barnard College (Department of Anthropology) and Columbia University (Department of Anthropology and Sociomedical Sciences), whose work is concerned with critical analyses of the symbolics of the human body. For the past two decades she has conducted ethnographic research on organ transplantation, procurement, and donation in the United States. This work has focused especially on medical ideologies, body commodification, and the transformative properties of organ transplants, specifically in reference to the social construction of the self. Her 2008 book, Strange Harvest: Organ Transplants, Denatured Bodies, and the Transformed Self was awarded the New Millenium Book Prize by the Society for Medical Anthropology, given every other year to the book "judged to be the most significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology."
In this lecture, Prof. Sharp will report on her more recent research among scientists who are actively working to develop techniques for "xenotransplantation," i.e. transplanting into human beings organs taken from other species. Xenotransplantation has been envisioned, by some, as a means of addressing the "shortage" of available organs, while avoiding some of the more troubling aspects of human organ donation.
More about Lesley Sharp: https://anthropology.barnard.edu/profiles/lesley-sharp
More about Strange Harvest: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520247864
This event is generously supported by the Program on Values in Society (in the Department of Philosophy) as part of the "Critical Medical Humanities" lecture series. For more info contact jstaylor at uw.edu<mailto:jstaylor at uw.edu>
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