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Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series, hosted by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Alberto E. Morales, Princeton, USA

Science from Below: Multispecies Relations and Global Health Inequalities

With climate change on the rise and its impact on ecologies, biodiversity, and racialized geographies, emerging infectious diseases present a considerable threat to public health and health security globally. Based on 18 months of fieldwork in Panama City, Panama, this talk highlights the ecological and multispecies relations that figure prominently in global health and natural products research. Natural-products scientists study the chemical properties of “naturally” occurring compounds in biodiversity-rich regions of the world for potential pharmaceutical developments and biomedical interventions. This presentation focuses on the potentials of multispecies assemblages in the reengineering of biotic materials beyond economic speculation. Specifically, this talk explores multiple forms of value and values in natural products research to map injustices, power differentials, and emerging possibilities in global health. In today’s post-COVID-19 world, drug research is more critical than ever, and the diversity of those who participate in creating and disseminating scientific findings is even more crucial.

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The Latin American Anthropology Seminar Series is convened by Jessica Sklair (QMUL), Denisse Román-Burgos (Aberdeen) and Ainhoa Montoya (CLACS, SAS).

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