LASSnet Webinar Series - 6 July 2022 - Book Discussion : An Ethnographic Approach to Forensic Medicine in India


On behalf of LASSnet anchored at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, in collaboration with the Centre for Law and Humanities, O.P. Jindal Global University and the Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) SOAS, we are pleased to invite you for a book talk by Dr Fabien Provost.

Date: 6 July (Wednesday)

Time: 4 pm IST

Topic: An Ethnographic Approach to Forensic Medicine in India

Book Talk

Abstract: Based on a year-long ethnographic survey in the morgues of North Indian hospitals and on work on judicial archives, my book Les mots de la morgue explores the daily practice of forensic medicine. By describing the encounters between doctors, police officers and families, the medico-legal examinations, and the work involved in writing reports, I develop an anthropological approach to the relationship between medicine and law. What happens to a medical practice when it serves a legal purpose? How do writing strategies allow doctors to redefine their role in the legal process? My analyses reveal the games of anticipation, the forms of knowledge and the professional tensions which govern the production of medico-legal evidence.


Dr Fabien Provost
Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London.

Chair & Discussant 

Dr. Manpreet Singh, Academic Fellow, NLSIU, Bangalore

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