Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


SPRC In conversation with James Doucet-Battle

by Paige Patchin, James Doucet-Battle, Alya Harding, Elinor Gibbs and Liz Kombate

James Doucet-Battle

13 July 2022

Medical anthropologist, James Doucet-Battle, joins us to talk about his book, Sweetness in the Blood: Race, Risk and Type 2 Diabetes. Discussing the importance of delinking race from risk in order to tell a more holistic, anthropological story of what it means to be Black, James brings autobiographical elements into his work and explores the relationship between race, gender and ancestry, the mapping of Henrietta Lacks’ HeLa cells and his own journey into Black feminist thought.

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This conversation was recorded on 9th June2022

Speakers: Paige Patchin, Lecturer in Race, Ethnicity & Postcolonial Studies, UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre  //  James Doucet-Battle, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz  //  Alya Harding, Elinor Gibbs and Liz Kombate, MA students in Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies at UCL
Producer and EditorKaissa Karhu