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Maraña: Leishmaniasis and the Pharmaceuticalization of War in Colombia

Lina’s dissertation is an ethnography concerned with a vector-borne disease called leishmaniasis and its entanglements with the Colombian armed conflict. This work traces the stigmatization of leishmaniasis patients as guerrilla members, the war instrumentalization of antileishmanial medicines, the implications of leishmaniasis’ status as a professional disease within the Army, the vulnerability shared by human and non-human military populations towards the disease, and the politics of producing scientific knowledge about leishmaniasis. Lina’s research extends our understandings of the ways in which pharmaceuticals and (bio)medical epistemologies, spaces, and practices can produce unanticipated battlefields and violences that are otherwise rarely recognized as such.

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