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Matthew Korman talk on thanatopolitics & tobacco control in China

Moral Economies in Medicine talk: Matthew Korman, "Cigarette Citadels: Rethinking thanatopolitics and tobacco control. A preliminary discussion of cigarette factories in Southwest China"

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Where Hyde Hall (Inst for Arts & Humanities) Incubator Room
Contact Name Jocelyn Chua
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Dr. Matthew Kohrman is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University.  His research and writing bring anthropological methods to bear on the ways health, culture, and politics are interrelated.  Focusing on the People's Republic of China, he engages various intellectual terrains such as governmentality, gender theory, political economy, critical science studies, narrativity, and embodiment.  His first monograph, "Bodies of Difference: Experiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China," examines links between the emergence of a state-sponsored disability-advocacy organization and the lives of Chinese men who have trouble walking.  Dr. Kohrman's more recent work is aimed at analyzing and intervening in the biopolitics of cigarette smoking among Chinese citizens. Underwritten by a U.S. National Cancer Institute Career Development Award, this project expands upon analytical themes of Dr. Kohrman's disability research and engages in novel ways techniques of public health.  He is now working on a new monograph tentatively entitled "Clouds: Making Life and Death in China’s Cigarette Market." More information on his recent work with the Stanford's Global Tobacco Prevention Research Initiative can be found at

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