Seminar Series: What Can a Focus on Fakes and Fakery Teach Us About Health? by Patricia Kingori, PhD

Monday, Nov 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Patricia Kingori, PhD
What Can a Focus on Fakes and Fakery Teach Us About Health?

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Fakes, fabrications and falsehoods in global health are generally considered worthless, harmful and unethical.  As a consequence, anything deemed or labeled “fake” is often dismissed and not subject to any great scrutiny beyond a description of where it exists and in what quantity.  In this talk, Kingori will focus on fakes and what they can teach us about global health. Drawing on examples of areas of knowledge production and drugs and medicines, she will seek to raise a number of questions: What gives us the confidence that something in global health is “fake” or indeed “real”? Are fakes always morally wrong? Who gets decides the authenticity of objects in global health? Why do fakes matter?

Patricia Kingori, PhD, is a Wellcome Senior Investigator at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. Patricia’s primary expertise lies in Sociology and her current research interests intersect the Sociology of Science and Medicine, and a critical examination of ethics in practice. This work has been supported through a range of funders, the Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and the Research Council UK’s Grand Challenges Research Fund. Patricia’s current research focuses on areas of ambiguity and uncertainty in relation to whether an array of different entities are considered real or fake.