UTSC (SCL) job talk

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Date(s) - 30/01/2018
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Bharat Venkat, PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

The Time of Cure

In the mid-20th century, the arrival of antibiotics in India led to prophecies that tuberculosis would soon become a thing of the past. The incurable, it seemed, had finally become curable.  In both popular and scholarly conversations, there is a tendency to assume that cure signifies the end of treatment and the end of illness.  Yet, tuberculosis patients in India are often cured, and the cured again. How can we make sense of such temporalities, ones in which we are left without tidy endings?  Thinking history and ethnography together, this talk examines how cure is deferred, declared and repeated in India.

UTSC, Dept. of Anthropology, Social Sciences Building, Centre for Ethnography, Room MW296