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HISTORICISING THE PRIVATISATION OF HEALING KNOWLEDGE

Project description

The evolution of healing knowledge as a private asset

For centuries, the concept of privatising healing knowledge has remained enshrouded in historical obscurity, concealing a web of exploitation and exchange. The absence of a comprehensive understanding has left critical gaps in our comprehension of intellectual property rights in medicine and pharmaceuticals. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the PrivHealth project will solve this historical puzzle. It will merge techniques from the history of knowledge with computational history tools to study how the concept of safeguarding healing knowledge as a private asset evolved, stemming from colonial exploitation and knowledge exchange between 1700 and 1900. The findings will introduce a historical framework that will shape academic historical dialogues and influence contemporary discussions.

Objective

PrivHealth aims to establish the first history of the process of privatisation of healing knowledge. Combining methods from history of knowledge and tools from computational history, PrivHealth demonstrates how a legal framework that guaranteed that healing knowledge could be kept as a private asset arose from colonial exploitation and knowledge circulation between 1700 and 1900. The results of PrivHealth will provide a nuanced historical framework that will both shape academic historical debates and inform discussions over intellectual property rights in the medical and pharmaceutical fields at a societal level.

Coordinator

LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 206 887,68
Address
Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund
Sweden

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Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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