Lecture: "Transforming Information into Knowledge: Drugs, Violence and Healing in Southwest China"

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Department of Anthropology

Transforming Information into Knowledge: Drugs, Violence and Healing in Southwest China

Wenyi Zhang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Since the 1990s, the Kachin in Southwest China have undergone a crisis of HIV/AIDS and drug use. Various governmental and international prevention programs elicit no behavioral response that might hold back the increasing rates of drug use, whereas villagers work with local government officials to design and carry out locally sensitive and effective rehabilitation programs for drug users. As a result, the crisis in the early 2000s had been largely controlled by 2011 in my fieldwork base. Based on my 29 months of fieldwork, I explore why government and international projects were ineffective while the local projects worked. In the local rehabilitation programs, individual rehabilitation is guaranteed by governmental violence, and violence is moderated by drug users’ new identity making. I analyze how such collaboration between violence and rehabilitation transforms public health information, available to everybody, into knowledge vital and urgent for certain individuals to act on. I also propose a perspective for integrating the psycho-somatic dynamics of individual healing/rehabilitation and the socio-political processes of drug use in Southwest China. 


For more information,please call 828-262-2295 or email perryal@appstate.edu

Department of Anthropology
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Amanda Perry
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(828) 262-2295
Three Top Room (Plemmons New Wing)
Admission is free and open to the public
Public Lecture: Disposable Futures: Neoliberalism's Assault on Higher Education

Henry A. Giroux
McMaster University


Henry Giroux, who is currently the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Canada, is a leading scholar and public intellectual in the fields of critical pedagogy, cultural studies, communications, and educational philosophy. He was listed in "Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present" (Routledge, 2001) as one of the most influential contemporary educational thinkers. He is one of the most influential public intellectuals and theorists today.

A native of Rhode Island, Giroux completed an M.A. in history at Appalachian in 1968. After working as a high school social studies teacher, he earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1977. He has taught at Boston University, Miami University (Ohio) and Pennsylvania State University.

This talk is organized by the ASU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). It is free and open to the public.


  • Reich College of Education
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • University College
  • Cratis D. Williams Graduate School
  • Office of International Education and Development
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of English
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion 
  • Department of Government and Justice Studies
  • Department of Sustainable Development 
  • Department of Culture, Gender, and Global Studies


For more information, please contact Gregory Reck at reckgg@appstate.edu


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