Professor Foster visits the SARCPL

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Professor Laura Foster of the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University visited the SARCPL during March 2015. She presented a seminar focused on her forthcoming journal article titled “The making and unmaking of patent ownership: Technicalities, materialities, and subjectivities”. Her forthcoming article examines how a patented plant (Hoodia) found in Southern Africa historically circulates and changes meaning through colonial botanical sciences, patent law rules, ethno-pharmaceutical research, contractual benefit sharing, and sustainable fair trade practices.

Professor Foster’s research produces ethnographic understandings of how the plant and Indigenous people’s knowledge and identity are co-produced through narratives of indigeneity, race, and gender, while novel modes of unequal citizenship are emerging within post-colonial, post-apartheid South Africa.

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