Kassen Lecture Series featuring Dr. Susan Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh, Ph.D.

John King & Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research Professor of Chinese Society in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard

“Big Pharma, Big Food, and the Management of the Global Obesity Epidemic”

Friday, November 2, 2018 – starts at 5:00 PM in Mather Memorial, 201 (Snacks provided)

Professor Greenhalgh’s work seeks to understand the emergence of new forms of scientific governance in the context of rapid shifts in global and local political economies. Inspired by Foucault’s bold proposition on biopower – that the body is the central domain of politics and power in the modern era — her work illuminates hidden fields of vital politics and suggests that an in-depth understanding of modern science is essential to unraveling their workings and often unjust effects.

Greenhalgh’s current work is on the global obesity epidemic. In Fat-talk Nation: The Human Costs of America’s War on Fat (2015), she draws on the narratives of young Californians to uncover the hidden workings and effects of what began as a public health campaign but soon mushroomed into a society-wide war on fat. Since 2013 Greenhalgh has turned her attention to global health, asking how the notion that China faces an urgent epidemic of obesity arose and how the epidemic is being managed.

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