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Genome, risk and care

The initial mapping of the human genome was only one in a broader series of recent technoscientific accomplishments which raise a host of unsettling and unsettled issues. Professor Paul Rabinow, University of California, Berkeley, will give a public lecture on Genome, Risk, Care: on the legitimacy of the contemporary, at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 27 May.

Professor Rabinow will ask are these scientific achievements transgressing a boundary whose integrity we must respect? And how is one to decide where one is and where one is going?

These issues are explored through a critical dialogue which engages the work of Michel Foucault, Hans Blumenberg and Jurgen Habermas with contemporary developments in genomics and bioethics.

Paul Rabinow is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published widely, including Essays in the Anthropology of Reason and Anthropos Today: reflections on modern equipment.

Professor Nikolas Rose, director of BIOS, the centre for the study of bioscience, biomedicine, biotechnology and society at LSE, will chair this event.

Genome, Risk, Care: on the legitimacy of the contemporary is on Thursday 27 May at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press seat for this event, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk

21 May 2004