We are delighted to announce that Professor Warwick Anderson, from the University of Sydney, will give the Annual Lecture in the History of Health & Medicine, on Wednesday 16th April 2014, with title “Becoming Autoimmune: Immunological Histories of the Modern Self”.
While Macfarlane Burnet and others were elaborating on the idea of the immune ‘self’, patients with autoimmune diseases were doing their own ‘biographical work’, tending to the self of chronic illness experience.
Warwick Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Department of History and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney. Previously, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UCSF, UC-Berkeley, the University of Melbourne, and Harvard University. His books include “The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health and Racial Destiny in Australia (Melbourne 2002; Duke 2006); Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines (Duke 2006; Ateneo de Manila 2007); and The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen (Johns Hopkins 2008), which was awarded the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association of the History of Medicine (2010), and the Ludwik Fleck Award of the Society for Social Studies of Science (2010). He is currently completing (with Ian R. Mackay) a book on the conceptual history of autoimmunity, Intolerant Bodies: A Short History of Autoimmunity (Johns Hopkins, 2014).
The Annual Lecture is a collaborative Kings College London event by the Centre for the Humanities and Health and Centre for Science, Technology and Medicine with special thanks to the Department of History for support. The welcome will be given by the Principal of Kings College London, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, KBE.
Wednesday 16th April 2014
5pm – 6.30pm
Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), Strand Campus, London
Drinks Reception to follow 6.30pm – 8.00pm, Anatomy Museum