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In Enduring Cancer: Life, Death, and Diagnosis in Delhi Professor Dwaipayan Banerjee explores the efforts of Delhi's urban poor to create a livable life with cancer as patients and families negotiate an overextended health system unequipped to respond to the disease. Owing to long wait times, most urban poor cancer patients do not receive a diagnosis until it is too late to treat the disease effectively. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in the city's largest cancer care NGO and at India's premier public health hospital, Banerjee describes how, for these patients, a cancer diagnosis is often the latest and most serious in a long series of infrastructural failures. In the wake of these failures, Banerjee tracks how the disease then distributes itself across networks of social relations, testing these networks for strength and vulnerability. Banerjee demonstrates how living with and alongside cancer is to be newly awakened to the fragility of social ties, some already made brittle by past histories, and others that are retested for their capacity to support.Speaker:Dwaipayan Banerjee, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, MITDiscussants: Durba Mitra, Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard UniversityUponita Mukherjee, PhD Candidate in the Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Department, Columbia UniversityFree and open to the public. RSVP is required via Eventbrite. Registered attendees will receive an event link on the day of the event.

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  • November 30, 2020 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Ended
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The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University brings together a wide variety of scholars and practitioners in the human, social, and natural sciences from around Columbiau2019s campus and the New York City metropolitan area to support interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach about the roles of science, technology, medicine, and public health in past and present societies. The Center also works to enhance public understanding of science in relation to pressing social concerns.u00a0If you are interested in attending a Center event, please sign up for our weekly newsletter.u00a0

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