Lecture, Barnard's Inn Hall, Thursday, 1 Jun 2023 - 18:00

Sickle Cell Disease: A Cultural History

Young black woman in headscarf waiting on bench

Please note this lecture was rescheduled from its original date due to strike action 

Sickle Cell Disease can only be understood in the context of racial politics. Predominantly seen in populations of African heritage, the diagnosis and treatment of this disease from the 1920s onwards draws attention to the importance of culture in biogenetic understandings of disease. Medical practices associated with sickle cell disease also shed light on health care disparities and the cultural construction of pain.

Joanna Bourke

Professor Joanna Bourke

Professor of Rhetoric

Professor Bourke is Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College.

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