Alberto E. Morales | Science from Below: Multispecies Relations and Global Health Inequalities

Date
Mar 30, 2022, 12:00 pm1:20 pm
Location
Hybrid (219 Burr Hall & Zoom)
Speakers
Sponsor
Department of Anthropology
Event Description

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.

ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKER
Alberto E. Morales
is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate & Lecturer in the Program for Latin American Studies at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences also from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests lie at the intersections of bioeconomy, racialized geographies, global health equity, and the geopolitics of knowledge production.

DISCUSSANTS
Dr. Agustín Fuentes, Anthropology, Princeton University
Dr. Alex Nading, Anthropology, Cornell University

MODERATOR
Dr. Dean Chahim, Postdoctoral Fellow, Architecture, Princeton University

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