T177
Economies of Life in Biomedicine

Convenors:
Javier Lezaun (Oxford University )
Natalie Porter (University of Notre Dame)
Discussant:
Kaushik Sunder Rajan (University of Chicago)
Stream:
Tracks
Location:
134
Start time:
3 September, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This session explores how new configurations of value emerge around the research objects and apparatuses of the life sciences, and the fluid nature of economic categories in the material worlds of biomedicine.

Long abstract:

This session explores how new configurations of value emerge around the research objects and apparatuses of the life sciences, and the fluid nature of economic categories in the material worlds of biomedicine. The session combines studies of biomedical research in the contemporary, post-genomic life sciences, with historical reconstructions of once promising research techniques that have since been forgotten. A particular theme that runs across many of the presentations is how the relationship between human and non-human (animal) entities, a defining feature of many biomedical research contexts, is modulated to produce new categories of value. The exchange of species characteristics and the circulation of novel biological traits thus become key to the emergence of new forms of economic activity.