Annual Stephen Straker Memorial Lecture


UBC-STS (Science and Technology Studies) is pleased to announce this year’s Stephen Straker Memorial Lecture


Sergio Sismondo
Professor of Philosophy and Sociology
Queen’s University
“Big Pharma’s Invisible Hands”
Thursday, 7 February 2019
5 to 6:30 pm
Buchanan A104


The themes for this talk are drawn from Professor Sismondo’s recent book, Ghost-Managed Medicine, about the regimes of knowledge and power in the modern medicine.  Here’s a portion of the description of the book: “Most agents for drug companies aim to tell the truth, but the truths they tell are drawn from streams of knowledge that have been fed, channeled and maintained by the companies at every possible opportunity. Especially because those companies have concentrated influence and narrow interests, consumers and others should be concerned about how epistemic power is distributed – or ‘political economies of knowledge’ – and not just about truth and falsity of medical knowledge.”


Sergio Sismondo is the author of Ghost-Managed Medicine: Big Pharma’s Invisible Hands (Mattering Press, 2018), An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies, 2nd ed. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), The Art of Science (with Boris Castel) (Broadview Press, 2003), and Science without Myth: On Constructions, Reality and Social Knowledge (SUNY Press, 1996). With Jeremy Greene, he edited The Pharmaceutical Studies Reader (Wiley, 2015). He is editor of Social Studies of Science, one of the leading Science and Technology Studies journals in the world.


A professor of History, Dr Straker was a long-standing member of the Arts One Program. The Stephen Straker Memorial Lecture is  memory of his pioneering work in the history of science and technology.