[PDF] ✓ Synthesizing Hope ✫ Anne Pollock – Bluevapours.co.uk Synthesizing Hope opens up the material and social world of pharmaceuticals by focusing on an unexpected place iThemba Pharmaceuticals Founded in 2009 with a name taken from the Zulu word for hope the Synthesizing Hope opens up the material and social world of pharmaceuticals by focusing on an unexpected place iThemba Pharmaceuticals Founded in with a name taken from the Zulu word for hope the small South African startup with an elite international scientific board was tasked with drug discovery for tuberculosis HIV and malaria Anne Pollock uses this company as an entry point for exploring how the location of scientific knowledge production matters not only for the raw materials manufacture licensing and distribution of pharmaceuticals but also for the making of basic scientific knowledge Consideration of this case exposes the limitations of global health frameworks that implicitly posit rich countries as the only sites of knowledge production Analysis of iThemba identifies the problems inherent in global northsouth divides at the same time as it highlights what is at stake in who makes knowledge and where It also provides a concrete example for consideration of the contexts and practices of postcolonial science its constraints and its promise Synthesizing Hope explores the many legacies that create conditions of possibility for South African drug discovery especially the specific form of settler colonialism characterized by apartheid and resource extraction Paying attention to the infrastructures and laboratory processes of drug discovery underscores the materiality of pharmaceuticals from the perspective of their makers and tracing the intellectual and material infrastructures of South African drug discovery contributes new insights about larger social political and economic orders.
Anne Pollock is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Georgia Tech.
- 208 pages
- Synthesizing Hope
- Anne Pollock
- 23 October 2015 Anne Pollock