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'Difference, Disease and the Writing of Genetic Science'

Anthropologist Explores Issue March 20

March 3, 2014

African American woman with long hair

Duana Fullwiley of Stanford University


"Difference, Disease and the Writing of Genetic Science: The Experience of 'Senegalese' Sickle Cell" will be presented Thursday, March 20, at Cal State Fullerton. The program of the Center of History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine is free and open to the public.


The presenter is Duana Fullwiley, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University and author of the 2011 book "The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa," winner of the Royal Anthropological Institute's Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology. Since 2006, Fullwiley has conducted fieldwork on the sickle cell trait in Senegalese patients.


Thursday, March 20
5:30 p.m.


Cal State Fullerton, University Hall, Room 252
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


"This talk explores how sickle cell disease politics and care in Senegal, West Africa, illustrate north/south economic policies, postcolonial geo-politics, humanitarian priorities for global health and the concrete effects of patient activism on how science gets written," said Craig S. McConnell, associate professor of liberal studies and director of the Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine. Sponsors: The program is co-sponsored by Cal State Fullerton's Liberal Studies Department and the Liberal Studies and Anthropology student associations.


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details are available online.

Media Contact:

Craig McConnell, 657-278-3935 
Pamela McLaren 

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