IHR Fellows Symposium Keynote Address: Anthony Hatch




Join us in kicking off the annual IHR Fellows Symposium with a talk by Anthony Hatch.

Overdose: Institutional Addiction in the U.S. Custodial State

Is it possible to have an American regime of mass confinement without psychotropic drugs? Professor Anthony Hatch argues that the U.S. custodial state (prisons, nursing homes, the military, foster care, immigrant detention) has become wholly reliant on psychotropics for the control and transformation of brain-bodies who live in custodial institutions, a form of chemical (policy) dependence. Hatch speculates about the critical knowledge needed to challenge this institutional addiction and the psychic violence it generates.   

Anthony Hatch is a sociologist and author Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). His specific areas of specialization are science and technology studies, medical humanities, and political sociology. Blood Sugar examines how the metabolic syndrome constitutes a new way for scientists to study and treat diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, a new discourse that reproduces biological and genetic concepts of race and ethnicity, and a political strategy that obscures how institutionalized racisms shape human metabolism. Recent interviews about Blood Sugar on RisingUpWithSonali.com with Sonali Kolhatkar and listen to the audio of my recent interview on Information is the Best Medicine with Glenn Ellis. His published research on Blood Sugar can be found in The Scientist MagazineCatalyst: Feminism, Theory, TechnoscienceRoutledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society.


What is health and what is disease? What institutions generate or impede health? Who has access to the healthiest environments and what makes those environments healthy? How do communities construct, maintain or discipline health in individual bodies? Humanities research often underscores the constructed and contested nature of categories surrounding health and how we define and attach value to those categories. Moving from the scale of the individual biological being outward to the community and the environment as it is shaped in the Anthropocene, health is physical, mental, spiritual, environmental, social and political. Drawing on scholarship in these areas, healthcare institutions and policymakers can benefit from a thorough humanistic questioning of the nature of health itself.

Please join us in exploring our understanding of health and wellness at the 2018 IHR Fellows Symposium. The Fellows will present the research they have been conducting over the last year, working under the theme of "Health."

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The reception and keynote address will take place in West Hall's Secret Garden. The closest parking lot is the Orange Garage - 10th Street Structure.


Like all IHR events, the Fellows Symposium Reception and Keynote is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend.



Thursday, April 12, 2018
West Hall Secret Garden, 1000 S. Cady Mall, Tempe, Arizona 85281

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