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Kris Peterson and Kaushik Sunder Rajan, "Multi-scalar, Multi-si(gh)ted"

A conversation on methods and ethnographic research design with Kris Peterson and Kaushik Sunder Rajan Conversation will be based on pre-circulated materials and short presentations from the speakers. Please RSVP at to receive materials. Kris Peterson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine. She is the author of Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria (Duke, 2014) and is currently working on several projects. The first studies failed HIV-related clinical trials in several African countries (with Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan). A second project on “viral geopolitics” examines how four resilient and changing viruses in West Africa and the Sahel index political struggles and geopolitical formations underway since September 11, 2001. A third project is a handbook that teaches how to conceptualize and implement multiscalar ethnography in dissertation projects and beyond (with Valerie Olson). She will speak about the latter as well as graduate training in research design. Kaushik Sunder Rajan is Professor of Anthropology at University of Chicago. He works on the political economy of the life sciences and biomedicine, and is the author of Biocapital: The Constitution of Post-Genomic Life (Duke, 2007), editor of Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global Markets (Duke, 2012), and author of Pharmocracy: Value, Politics and Knowledge in Global Biomedicine (Duke, 2017). He is beginning a new research project which looks at intersections between health and law in South Africa and India. He has just completed a book on the praxis of multi-sited ethnography, "Multi-si(gh)ted", currently under consideration by University of Chicago Press, and will speak to some of the concerns and arguments of the book. co-sponsored by Sociocultural Anthropology Colloquium and Science and Technology Studies