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Reading Group

Our reading group is open to students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and community members. We gather weekly to think critically about health as it is understood across disciplines, institutions, and social systems in order to envision a new ecology of health.

The group offers an informal learning environment, facilitated by graduate students from the humanities, social policy and medicine including Nooshin Sadeghsamimi, Sara Rendell, Josh Franklin, and Arjun Shankar.

During the 2017 Spring Semester, we will meet Wednesday afternoons from 12-1:00pm at the Health Ecologies Lab. Our first meeting is on Wednesday, January 18th.

Readings may include excerpts from the following. Reading guides are available.

Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment
João Biehl (2005)
Economies of Abandonment
Elizabeth A. Povinelli (2011)
How it Works: Recovering Citizens in Post-Welfare Philadelphia
Robert P. Fairbanks II (2009)
Time Seizures and the Self: Institutional Temporalities and Self-Preservation Among Homeless Women
Amy Cooper (2015)
Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality
Jonathan Metzl (2010)
Democratic Insecurity: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti
Erica James (2010)
Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy and Birth at a Large New York City Public Hospital
Khiara M. Bridges (2011)
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century
Dorothy Roberts (2012)
Wretched of the Earth
Franz Fanon (1963)
Two Regimes of Global Health
Andrew Lakoff (2010)
When Experiments Travel
Adriana Petryna (2009)