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Workshops and Training Events

05/30/2008 12:53:28

The science and politics of breast cancer

26 June 1-4pm in Seminar Room 6, Bowland North
Lunch will be available from 12pm in foyer of Institute for Advanced Studies Building.

This afternoon workshop is an opportunity for academics, members of local support and campaigning groups and others affected by breast cancer to discuss issues concerning the science and politics of breast cancer. This event will involve researchers notable for their work on the experience of breast cancer and the formation of suport and advocacy groups for people affected by this disease. These researchers include: Sharon Batt (Dalhousie University, Canada), Sahra Gibbon (UCL, London), Orla O’Donovan (University College Cork, Ireland), and Laura Potts (York St John).

The workshop will address a number of issues including: dnvironmental factors involved in breast cancer; the diversity of breast cancer activism in the UK; the rights and wrongs of pharmaceutical industry support for breast cancer groups; the ethical and practical dilemmas academics face when conducting research on health activism.

Please note that there will be no formal talks. Instead the idea is to generate discussion amongst participants about these issues and more.

If you would like to attend please email Kate Wright at


Inaugural Cesagen Public Lecture:

26 June Inclusion and Difference: Gender, Race and the New
Biopolitics of Medical Research in the United States
Professor Steven Epstein

5-6.30pm Elizabeth Livingston Lecture Theatre

With support from the Faculty’s Visiting Scholars Fund, Cesagen (the ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics) in the Institute for Advanced Studies is holding its first public lecture at Lancaster University on 26 June. The invited speaker is Professor Steven Epstein, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Science Studies Program at the University of California at San Diego. Professor Epstein is the renowned author of the influential book Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge (1996).

The lecture is free and open to everyone and will be followed by a wine reception.

Please contact Richard Tutton at for more information.