Biocapital – Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures of Science, Labour and Value

Meeting Room 7 Darlington Centre
Friday 22 March 2013

Recent developments in the commercial life sciences appear to both reinscribe and displace the traditional fault lines of colonial science. During the past decade or more, pharmaceutical clinical trials have rapidly offshored, moving from the United States and Western Europe to the newly liberalized economies of Latin America, the former Soviet Union, China, India and South-East Asia. Markets in reproductive tissues have also taken on an increasingly transnational form, as “intending parents” from the United States, Australia and Western Europe travel to the less regulated or cheaper destinations of the world to find eggs, sperm and surrogates. These experimental and reproductive economies have evolved in response to the internal restructuring of the late liberal, post-colonial state, engendering new circuits of embodied low-wage work, even while the newly ascendant economies of China and India are wagering on biomedical innovation to lift them out of the role of providing cheap offshored labour.

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9 – 9.30

Coffee and Welcome – Tony Bennett

9.30 -10.00

Catherine Waldby The oocyte economy: scarcity value and the shaping of transnational reproductive markets

10.00 -10.30

Nadine Ehlers Fat is the Future: Bioprospecting for Breast-Making Gold

 

10.30-11.00

Discussion

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee

11.30-12.00

Kaushik Sunder Rajan Speculations on the constitution of the experimental subject: Case studies from contemporary politics around clinical trials in India

 

12.00-12.30

Discussion

12.30-1.30

Lunch

1.30-2.00

Melinda Cooper Double Exposure –  Sex Workers, Biomedical Prevention Trials and the Dual Logic of Global Public Health

2.00-2.30

David Factor Humanitarian Frontiers: Golden rice amidst biopolitical horizons 

Simon Factor Carbon Neutral Hydrocarbons:

Algae Oil, Atmospheric Acquisitions and Symbiocapital

 

3.00-3.30

Discussion

 

3.30-4.00

Coffee

4.00-4.30

 

 

Warwick Anderson The Frozen Archive

4.30-5.00

Joanna Radin Primitive Accumulation and the Accumulation of Primitives: Some Notes on a Theory of Cryopolitics

5.00-5.30

Discussion and Concluding Remarks – Tony Bennett