Abstract: Based on a year-long ethnographic survey in the morgues of North Indian hospitals and on work on judicial archives, my book Les mots de la morgue explores the daily practice of forensic medicine. By describing the encounters between doctors, police officers and families, the medico-legal examinations, and the work involved in writing reports, I develop an anthropological approach to the relationship between medicine and law. What happens to a medical practice when it serves a legal purpose? How do writing strategies allow doctors to redefine their role in the legal process? My analyses reveal the games of anticipation, the forms of knowledge and the professional tensions which govern the production of medico-legal evidence.
Dr. Fabien Provost
Dr. Fabien Provost is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London. He is a member of the Wellcome-funded project Grid Oncology: Remaking Cancer Care in India. Fabien is the co-editor of the conference proceedings of Living Beings and Artefacts as well as the Articulation of Vital and Technical Processes and of the book Hospitals in South Asia: Health Policies, Care
Practices. He is also the co-editor of a special issue of Techniques & Culture about biomimicry, published in 2020. Fabien is an associate member of the Centre d’Études Himalayennes and a board member of the Association Jeunes Études Indiennes.
CHAIR & DISCUSSANT
Dr. Manpreet Dhillon
Academic Fellow, NLSIU, Bangalore
Wednesday 6 July at 4:00 p.m.