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(Organised by Sahra Gibbon, Alison Macdonald and Aaron Pankhurst)

WHERE AND WHEN: Alternate Tuesdays, 1–2pm, Room 132
: Tuesday 15 October, 1-2pm, Room 132

This group’s meetings begin in January 2012. For more information contact the organisers at and

This reading group will take theoretical and empirically informed discussions of ‘biosociality’ (Rabinow 1996, see also Rose and Novas 2001, Gibbon and Novas 2008, Nugyen 2007, Petryna 2002 ) as a starting point for critical engagement with questions around the global expansion of a range of medical technologies and questions of citizenship. It will explore how and to what extent different technologies and forms of medical intervention become grafted onto or informed by articulations of citizenship and what the scope (and limits) are of these theoretical orientations for understandings the relationship between medical technology and identity in a variety of diverse cultural contexts.

There will be fortnightly one-hour meetings in which pre-circulated readings will be discussed that are relevant to the broad themes of group. Readings will be available on moodle. Subsequent weeks will enable the possibility of group members discussing their own work (article, thesis chapter, research proposals etc.).

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