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Two events with Margaret Lock: May 5 and 6

Social Anthropology and the Munro Committee are delighted to invite you to two events next week with one of the world's most distinguished medical anthropologists, Margaret Lock.

Margaret Lock is the Marjorie Bronfman Professor Emerita in Social Studies in Medicine, and is affiliated with the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Margaret Lock’s research focuses on a comparative anthropology of medicine and biomedical technologies. Lock initially researched the 20th century revival of the indigenous Japanese medical system that continues to proliferate to the present day. She has also carried out ethnographic inquiries into adolescence, female mid life, and old age in Japan. Her book Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America, published in 1993 by the University of California Press, won six prizes including the Staley Prize of the School of American Research, the Canada-Japan Book Prize, and the Wellcome Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain. In 2002 the University of California Press published Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death, also an award-winning book. This volume documents professional and public disputes in Japan and North America about the recognition of brain death as the end of human life in order that organs can be legally procured for transplant. A book written together with Vinh-Kim Nguyen that examines the global impact of biomedical technologies, entitled An Anthropology of Medicine, was published in 2010 by Wiley-Blackwells. This book has been awarded the American Publishers Association's 2010 PROSE award for Archeology and Anthropology. Lock is currently writing a book tentatively titled Entanglements of Aging and Dementia in the 21st Century.


“Entanglements of Aging and Dementia: Pathological Brains and Healthy Minds”

5.15 pm on Thursday 5 May 2011

Meadows Lecture Theatre,

Old Medical School, Teviot Place EH8 9AG

A Reception will follow the Lecture in the McMillan Room


An inter-disciplinary panel including Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Steve Sturdy and Ian Harper, will respond to Professor Lock's lecture and lead an open discussion on some of the issues raised in it.

11 a.m. on Friday 6 May

Seminar Room 3, Chrystal Macmillan Building

Enquiries to Katie Teague:

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