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The Arc of Interference: Medical Anthropology for Worlds on Edge

João Biehl, Department of Anthropology; Adriana Petryna, University of Pennsylvania; Laurence Ralph, Department of Anthropology

May 2, 2023 · 6:00 pm7:30 pm · Labyrinth Books

Labyrinth Books; Department of Anthropology; PIIRS' Brazil Lab; Humanities Council

The radically humanistic essays of Arc of Interference refigure our sense of the real, the ethical, and the political in the face of mounting social and planetary upheavals. Please join us for a conversation with the coauthor of this visionary new collection and two of today’s leading anthropologists.

João Biehl is Susan Dod Brown Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Princeton University, where he is also Director of the Brazil Lab. His influential, award-winning books are Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment and Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival; he recently co-authored Unfinished: The Anthropology of BecomingLaurence Ralph is Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and the Director of the Center on Transnational Policing. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago and Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police ViolenceAdriana Petryna is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also Director of the MD-PhD Program in Anthropology. Her award-winning books include Horizon Work: At the Edges of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate ChangeWhen Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects; and Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl.

This event is cosponsored by Princeton University’s Anthropology Department, Humanities Council, and PIIRS’s Brazil Lab

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