What’s at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets, and global health

Keynote Lecture | 05. Mai 2022 | 18:00 Uhr | Akademiegebäude am Gendarmenmarkt, Einstein-Saal, Jägerstraße 22/23, 10117 Berlin 

Decolonizing Global Health: What are the challenges and opportunities of this call? 

Sarah Hodges (King’s College London), expert in the fields of population health and postcolonial history, speaks about her on-going project on the politics of the global pharmaceutical trade.

In this talk, she places the contemporary explosion of worry about potentially urgent and life-threatening dangers posed by fake drugs within a longer history of the politics and place of pharmaceutical fake-ness, as well as of pharmaceutical standards and authenticity.  

In doing so, she shows the potential of a medical humanities approach to explore how concerns about “fake drugs” can take on social, political, and economic lives of their own – lives that go far beyond any pharmacological evidence. 

Welcome address

  • Christoph Markschies (President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Spokesperson of the biennial theme)


  • Birgit Nemec (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Member of Die Junge Akademie)
  • Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)


An event of the Topic of the Year 2021|22 “Measuring the Living” and the Interdisciplinary Research Group “Future of Medicine: Health for All” of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in cooperation with the research group “Risky Hormones” (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, with support from the German Research Foundation and the  Arts and Humanities Research Council). 

The lecture will be held in English, registration is required by 2 May 2022.