Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

"Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa," by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare (History Faculty New Book Talk)

Thu, December 4, 2014 | GAR 4.100

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The History Faculty New Book Series presents:

Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Assistant Professor of History, UT Austin

“In a fascinating look at modern and traditional medicine, the author tells the stories of efforts to commercialize pharmaceuticals from six African plants.”
- Science News

“Bitter Roots is a book for our times: an age of bioprospecting and biopiracy, with hope for partnerships bringing bioprosperity. Abena Dove Osseo-Asare’s remarkable investigations clarify both the facts and the issues through the example of how the roots of several plants associated with Africa have been used, studied, and remade. She notes the slippery entanglements between traditional and scientific practices and, in the process, stalks not only knowledge but justice. Informative, bold, and sensitive.”
- Harold J. Cook, author of Matters of Exchange

“By choosing to investigate colonial and postcolonial science through scientific work with plant medicines, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare deepens our understanding of the power relations not only between African and European or American scientists but also between healers and these indigenous and foreign scientists. Her detailed account of transnational scientific collaborations will be a lasting contribution to the field of science studies.”
- Stacey Langwick, Cornell University

No RSVP needed. Please email Courtney to receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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