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'Biosocialities' and the legacy of breast cancer genetics

Dr Sahra Gibbon, Department of Anthropology, University College London, gives a public seminar at LSE on Thursday 10 February. She will speak on Biosocialities and a Gendered 'Commons': the legacy of BRCA genetics. 

Over the course of the last decade the discovery and relatively rapid application of the knowledge and technologies associated with the BRCA genes have both been informed by and in turn shifted the cultural landscape in which breast cancer is constituted as both a material, metaphorical and imagined disease entity. 

Dr Gibbon will: 

  • explore the dynamics of this process by examining the intersection between the burgeoning growth in breast cancer activism and the hype and hope of promissory genetics. 
  • outline some of the evolving legacies of BRCA genetics by drawing on research which looks beyond the micro-dynamics of the clinical interface. 
  • examine the kind of publics, or what might be termed the gendered 'commons', required and reproduced in relation to BRCA genetics, as well as the new kind of technologies and collective action that continue to be fuelled by these developments.

Biosocialities and a gendered 'commons'; the legacy of BRCA genetics is on Thursday 10 February at 5-7pm in H615, Connaught House, LSE. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. 


8 February 2005