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Geise Mandy

PhD Student in Anthropology, EHESS

Doctoral training Health, populations, social policies

EHESS Doctoral contract from December 2014 to November 2017

Contact: mandy.geise(at)inserm.fr

 

Dissertation title : Global Medicine and Local Public Health: International Organizations and Development of Medical Genetics in Mexico

Under the supervision of Jean-Paul Gaudillière and Claire Beaudevin

I'm an ERC-funded PhD candidate at the Cermes3 and EHESS. My research is set within the ERC Globhealth project (http://globhealth.vjf.cnrs.fr/), which aims to understand the transition between international and global health, and is concerned with medical genetics and genomics in Mexico. Situated at the intersections of anthropology, history, and global health, my research shows two different modes of localizing genetics in Mexico. On one side, it contains an inquiry into the inscription of genetics as a medical specialty on the international and local public health agenda and the manifestation of this at a clinical level. It explores and analyzes how international organizations shape and are shaped by public health strategies on a local scale, as well as the circulation of knowledge and clinical practices linked to genetics in a pre- and postnatal care setting.

The other part of my research is an exploration of the use of genetic technologies in genomics research and public and scientific narratives that conflate the (potential) applications of genetic and genomic data and technologies, public health issues such as diabetes and other chronic diseases, and ideas on ethnicity and national identity. Through ethnographic fieldwork and archival research, I look into ways in which diabetes is entangled in narratives about genetic composition, racial admixture, and disease etiology, and how environmental factors such as nutrition and social inequality are indicated or dismissed by medical specialists, researchers, policy makers, and the larger public.

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