The history of poisons: toxic matters, scientific actors and socio-political processes, 19th-20th c.
Lead is as a perfectly identified poison, massively used by industry since late 18th century without being strongly threatened : it is the history of a legal poison, in modern France, in comparison with other industrialized countries. I will argue that scientific and medical knowledge is not a defence against industrial poisoning, which follows a specific grammar of social and political denial, building a regime of imperceptibility and shared compromise with the poison.
Date: 21 January 2019, 16:00 (Monday, 2nd week, Hilary 2019)
Venue: History Faculty, George Street OX1 2RL
Venue Details: Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Professor Judith Rainhorn (Universite Paris-1 Pantheon-Sorbonne/Maison Française d'Oxford)
Organising department: Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology
Organisers: Professor Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford), Dr Sloan Mahone (University of Oxford)
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Part of: Centre for the History of Science Medicine and Technology (OCHSMT) Seminars
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editor: Belinda Clark