Grand Challenges lecture series ILAS 2016-2017 - Page 10

GRAND CHALLENGES PATHOLOGICAL LIVES: ON THE COSMOPOLITICS OF LOSING SELF-ASSURANCE PROFESSOR STEVE HINCHLIFFE 1 MARCH 2017 | 1PM-2PM KEELE HALL | THE SALVIN ROOM We live in a bio-insecure world where the smallest of organisms threatens our modern lives. In this talk Professor Hinchcliffe refers to two possible responses. Either we view these emergent microbes and circulating resistant genes as an outside threat to health and good life or alternatively, we see as them as a ‘passing fright that scares self- assurance’ (Stengers 2005). In this cosmopolitical approach pathological lives can create situations which help to make us think and in this way, they are not so much the problem, but part of the solution. Steve Hinchliffe FAcSS is Professor of Human Geography at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter. Steve Hinchliffe is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has a wide range of research interests with publications on issues ranging from risk and food, to biosecurity, human-nonhuman relations and nature conservation. 10 we view these emergent microbes and circulating resistant genes as an outside threat to health and good life