Mittwoch, 15. Juni 2022, 17:00 - 18:30 iCal

ERN-Environmental Engagements: talks

Janina Kehr "Troubled Relations: On Biomedicine, Health, and the Environment"



About the talk:

How are biomedicine, health and the environment related? What does ever advancing technoscientific healthcare do to „the world“ – to people, to therapeutic relations, and to the planet? In my talk, I will think about the unintended side-effects of so-called biomedicalization. In coining the term “medicene”, I wish to describe our world as one in which biomedicine has become so ubiquitous, that it has vast effects not only on subjectivities, socialities and therapeutic relations, which are classical medical anthropological research fields, but also on the “natural” environment and other-than-human life forms. My hypothesis is that biomedical and environmental questions are deeply entangled in complex ethical, political, economic and metabolic ways, that call for truly interdisciplinary investigations.

About the speaker:

Janina Kehr is a Professor of Medical Anthropology and Global Health at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She studied anthropology and political sciences at the University of Göttingen and the University of California Santa Cruz. In 2012 she received her PhD with a co-tutelle de thèse at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales Paris and the Humboldt University Berlin. Between 2011 and 2017, she was assistant and senior lecturer on interdisciplinary terrain in Medical Humanities at the Department of History of Medicine at the University of Zurich. Before coming to Vienna, she researched and taught as a SNSF- Ambizione Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern between 2017 and 2020. She works and publishes on temporal politics, moral economies, and environmental impacts of biomedicine and public health.

Language: English

When: 15.06.2022, 17:00-18:30 (45 min Talk, 45 min Q&A)

Where: Zoom []

Meeting-ID: 661 1168 0588

Kenncode: 563271

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