Nancy Scheper Hughes
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 5:30pm

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


Based on archival and ethnographic research between 2000-2011, the talk analyses the cultural-ideological, political, psychiatric forces that created a death camp like environment within Argentina’s national asylum for the profoundly mentally defi cient, and how this could possibly happen in one of the world most psychologically sophisticated nations, and why it was allowed to continue up through 2008.


Nancy Scheper-Hughes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research, writings, and teaching focus on violence, suffering, and premature death as these are experienced on the margins and peripheries of the late modern world. For the last decade she has been involved in a multi-sited, ethnographic, and medical human rights oriented study of the global traffic in humans (living and dead) for their organs to serve the needs and desires of international transplant patients.