What’s at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets, and global health


05. Mai 2022

Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Einstein-Saal, Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 Berlin

Decolonizing Global Health: What are the challenges and opportunities of this call? Sarah Hodges (King’s College London), expert in the fields of population health and postcolonial history, speaks to her on-going project on the politics of the global pharmaceutical trade.

In this talk, she places the contemporary explosion of worry about potentially urgent and life-threatening dangers posed by fake drugs within a longer history of the politics and place of pharmaceutical fake-ness, as well as of pharmaceutical standards and authenticity. In doing so, she shows the potential of a medical humanities approach to explore how concerns about “fake drugs” can take on social, political and economic lives of their own – lives that go far beyond any pharmacological evidence.


Welcome address

  • Christoph Markschies (President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Spokesperson of the biennial theme)


  • Birgit Nemec (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Member of Die Junge Akademie)
  • Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)


  • Sarah Hodges (King’s College London): What’s at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets, and global health

Questions from the audience

The lecture will take place as part of the Topic of the Year 2021|22 „Die Vermessung des Lebendigen“ in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Research Group „The Future of Medicine: Good Health for all“ of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in cooperation with the research group “Risky Hormones” (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, with support from the German Research Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council).

The lecture will be held in English, registration via the form below is required by 2 May 2022. If you do not receive a registration confirmation email, please contact us via email .

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