Columbia's Harriman Institute: Narkomania
VIRTUAL EVENT. BOOK TALK. NARKOMANIA: DRUGS, HIV, AND CITIZENSHIP IN UKRAINE BY JENNIFER J. CARROLL
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 12:00pm EST
Zoom webinar & YouTube Live
This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live. There will be no in-person event.
Please join us for an event in the Minority Inclusion and Exclusion in Soviet and Post-Communist Societies Speaker Series, a discussion with Jennifer J. Carroll, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Elon University and the author of Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine (Cornell University Press, 2019).
Against the backdrop of a post-Soviet state set aflame by geopolitical conflict and violent revolution, Narkomania considers whether substance use disorders are everywhere the same and whether our responses to drug use presuppose what kind of people those who use drugs really are. Jennifer J. Carroll's ethnography is a story about public health and international efforts to quell the spread of HIV. Carroll focuses on Ukraine where the prevalence of HIV among people who use drugs is higher than in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and unpacks the arguments and myths surrounding medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in Ukraine. What she presents in Narkomania forces us to question drug policy, its uses, and its effects on "normal" citizens.
Carroll uses her findings to explore what people who use drugs can teach us about the contemporary societies emerging in post-Soviet space. With examples of how MAT has been politicized, how drug use has been tied to ideas of "good" citizenship, and how vigilantism towards people who use drugs has occurred, Narkomania details the cultural and historical backstory of the situation in Ukraine. Carroll reveals how global efforts supporting MAT in Ukraine allow the ideas surrounding MAT, drug use, and HIV to resonate more broadly into international politics and echo into the heart of the Ukrainian public.
Jennifer J. Carroll, PhD, MPH, is a medical anthropologist, research scientist, and subject matter expert on substance use and public health interventions to prevent overdose. She is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Elon University.
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