February 28 Thursday

The Judicialization of the Right to Health in Brazil: Enacting Magical Legalism and Prospecting Biopolitical Futurity

  • Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:30PM - 6:00PM
  • Sudler Hall, WLH (100 Wall Street)
  • Open To The Public
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João Biehl, PhD
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Associate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; Co-director of the Global Health Program and of the Brazil LAB (Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies)

In this talk, Prof. Biehl explores grassroots mobilizations for the right-to-heath and for state accountability in Brazil, against the backdrop of an expanding pharmaceuticalization of care. Contrary to notions of ‘the end of human rights,’ patients and legal activists are litigating for access to medicines and are rallying for effective infrastructures. As people enact ‘magical legalism’ and affirm an otherwise, they create the conditions of biopolitical futurity.

Public talk with Q&A followed by dessert reception

The event is funded by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Yale Global Health Justice Partnership; Yale Global Health Studies Program; Schell Center for International Human Rights; Yale Anthropology Department; Yale Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies; YSPH Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Yale Sociology Department; Solomon Center for Health Law & Policy