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First Name
Aadita
Last Name
Chaudhury
Country
Canada
University
York University
Keywords
politics and science, science and society, public science, trauma, memory, science studies, science and technology studies, medical humanities, environmental humanities, forensic politics, science and the law, intellectual property in biotechnology, public understanding of science, science policy
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My research interests are broadly surrounding the anthropology and philosophy of biology and the ecological sciences, cartography, postcolonial and feminist STS, and environmental and medical humanities.  I have a background in chemical engineering and environmental cultural studies and have conducted research on the significance of patient narratives in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. I have worked in mining consulting for projects in Saskatchewan, Panama and Turkey and interned at the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris, France. I served as a science writer and editor for Technology and Engineering of the Canadian science communication platform Science Borealis.

 
My core research interests for my PhD project is the politics and sociology of forensic-evidence gathering in post-conflict contexts. I have always been really interested in criminal forensics and its legal implications, and the historiography of mass human casualty. My first exposure to the nexus of these two interests came when I was twenty, while visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields just in the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. While my professional trajectory at the time took me away from this almost immediately, I revisited these interests personally whenever I had the time. I am especially interested in the use of affect and affective interpretations in the gathering and presentation of forensic evidence and the ways and means by which it impacts mourning, closure and justice within and beyond legal contexts.
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