Science, Technology and Society Seminar: STS Circle at Harvard


Monday, February 24, 2020, 12:15pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S050

"Remaking the Regretful Agent: Cancer Surgery, Medical Harm, and the Role of Affect in Therapeutic Reversals"


Jacob Moses, PhD Candidate, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University.


Shuang Lu Frost, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.


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This work explores a set of moral and affective practices for the management of medical harm that have emerged within medical institutions alongside with the rise of bioethics.


Jacob Moses is a PhD Candidate in the Department of the History of Science. His work in the history of biomedicine and biotechnology focuses on issues of ethics and governance and centers on the mid-twentieth century to present. His current research project seeks to understand changing conceptions of medical harm through an examination of moments in the recent history of medicine when therapies have come to be seen as harmful. His dissertation tracks changing conceptions of medical harm across episodes of therapeutic change in the recent history of medicine.  At Harvard, he has served as a teaching fellow for courses on medical ethics and history, the history and culture of stigma, and introductory classes and tutorials in the history of science. He was a 2017-2018 Ethics Pedagogy Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. He is also affiliated with the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. He holds an AB from Vassar College.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.


Sheila Jasanoff, Faculty Associate. Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School.

Lunch is provided if you RSVP. via our online form before Wednesday afternoon, February 19:

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