Authors of “When People Come First” to Discuss Their Book in Princeton

October 10, 2013 @ 9:30 pm
Labyrinth Books
122 Nassau Street
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 497-1600

biehl_people11111We are very pleased to invite you to a panel discussion and conversation with three contributors and the two editors of  When People Come First. This discussion will explore the medical, social, political, and economic dimensions of the global health enterprise. These issues affect us all; this evening –and the book it celebrates– brings together a remarkable, international, and interdisciplinary group of scholars.

The work collected in When People Come First is both boldly conceptual and presented through vivid case studies. It demonstrates the crucial role of ethnography as an empirical lantern in global health, arguing for a more comprehensive, people-centered approach.

“With ethnographic evidence from some of the most important theaters of global health, the authors give us a sound understanding of the collision of a crushing burden of disease, emerging audit cultures, and new therapeutic regimes. As case studies rooted in long familiarity, but alive to overwhelming transformation, they will stand the test of time.” — Paul Farmer

In conjunction with this event and for the rest of October, Labyrinth will showcase work from a collaboration between Joao Biehl and Danish photographer Torben Eskerod: “Bodies of Rights and Medicines.”


João Biehl is Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Associate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also the co-director of Princeton’s Program in Global Health and Health Policy. Biehl is the author of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment and Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival. He is also the editor (with Byron Good and Arthur Kleinman) of Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations.

Adriana Petryna is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl and When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects. She also edited (with Andrew Lakoff and Arthur Kleinman) Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practice).

Didier Fassin is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His books include When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa, The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood, Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Presen, and La Force de l’Ordre: Une Anthropologie de la Police des Quartiers. He also edited (with Mariella Pandolfi) Contemporary States of Emergency and A Companion to Moral Anthropolog. His most recent book is Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing.

Vincanne Adams is a professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the author of Tigers of the Snow and Other Virtual Sherpas, Doctors for Democracy: Health Professionals in the Nepal Revolution, and Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina. She is also the editor (with Stacy L. Pigg) of Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global Perspective and (with Mona Schrempf and Sienna R. Craig) of Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Ground.

Joseph J. Amon is director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch and a lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Trained in epidemiology, he is the author of more than three dozen peer-reviewed journal articles related to access to medicines, censorship and the denial of health information, arbitrary detention, and the role of civil society in the response to infectious disease outbreaks and environmental health threats.

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