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Upcoming London Seminar - HIV and Ebola RCTs & care of biomedical abstractions

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Mark Platt
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Upcoming London Seminar - HIV and Ebola RCTs & care of biomedical abstractions
Posted on: May 27 2015, 11:51 am

Please see below for detail about an event next week organised by the Unit of Social Policy and Practice in Health Care Forum

Situating efficacy: HIV and Ebola RCTs and the care of biomedical abstractions
Marsha Rosengarten, Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Martin Savransky, Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL.

Wednesday 3rd June, 13.00-14.30
Room: Garrod, Rm. 2.07, White Chapel Campus, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Lunch will be provided

Abstract: In this paper we propose the concept of ‘situated efficacy’ in place of the biomedical distinction of ‘efficacy’ and ‘effectiveness,’ doing so through reference to the assumptions and possibilities afforded by examples of two randomized control trials (RCTs) and drawing on the speculative philosopher A.N. Whitehead’s concept of ‘abstraction’ (Whitehead, 1978). We finish with the proposition that the RCT and its ‘evidence’ are epistemologically and ontologically different to what has earned it the status of ‘gold standard’ for evidence-based medicine (EBM). The proposition does not refute the RCT’s contribution to research. It does, however, invite a radical rethinking of what is presumed by and from the RCT, opening the way to it becoming more questioning of its methods and what this may yield for a future different to an unwanted present (Stengers, 2010; Savransky & Rosengarten, 2015).

Marsha Rosengarten is Professor in Sociology and Director of the Unit of Play at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of HIV Interventions: Biomedicine and the Traffic in Information and Flesh and, with co-author Mike Michael Innovation and Biomedicine: Ethics, Evidence and Expectation in HIV. Recent articles focus on biomedical research within the field of HIV and draw on a longstanding engagement with feminist theory and more recently the offerings of a process-oriented approach, notably that provided by the speculative philosopher A.N. Whitehead. In addition to her research and teaching within the social sciences, during the period of 2011-2013 she founded the Association for the Social Sciences and Humanities in HIV (ASSHH) and is now building an interdisciplinary speculative network which encompasses biomedicine, design, gender studies, philosophy and the social sciences.

For more information, please contact:
Dr Megan Clinch, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
e: m.clinch@qmul.ac.uk
p: +44 2078825876
t: @MeganClinch/ @QMGlobalHealth
a: Barts and The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Yvonne Carter Building, 58 Turner Street, London E1 2AB




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