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Assoc. Prof Kaushik Sunder Rajan 'Clinical Trials, Pharmaceutical Logics and Transnational Translations: Three Entry Points into Biocapital Downstream'

Seminar   24.11.2009






Assoc. Prof Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

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University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJRoom no: GF7, Byrne House

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Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PMIn this talk, I am interested in the articulations between clinical research, biomedical epistemology, pharmaceutical development and the changing nature of the research university, in a historical conjuncture in India that is marked simultaneously by attempts at global commensuration on the one hand, and the emergence of particular national legal and political trajectories on the other. I focus on three cases having to do with biocapital in India: infrastructure building for global clinical trials; a legal dispute around intellectual property issues in drug development; and the establishment of a new institutional cluster for translational research in Delhi. Through these three parallel narratives, I trace various logics of the global biomedical economy. Some of these logics, I suggest, are potentially about the establishment and expansion of monopoly capitalism, and are in tension with other logics that are more experimental and open-ended. Hence, the paper traces how emergent technoscientific and institutional forms of biomedicine are being established and contested in the Indian context, and what law, capital, ideology and epistemology have to do with these forms.

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