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GSSR New Projects Seminar #6 May 5th Join on Zoom

5 May 2021

New Projects Seminar Series at the GSSR

The GSSR announces the sixth in our new series of seminars addressed both to doctoral students and academic staff. The seminars aim to bring together students and established researchers working in the same field, thus promoting closer interaction and future collaboration between them.

During the seminars doctoral students present for discussion well-advanced research projects, with experienced scholars from various academic centres in Poland and abroad invited to take the role of commentators.

The seminars take place on the Zoom platform and are open to all.

This seminar is scheduled for May 5thth at 18:00 Warsaw time (CET, GMT+1) with Katarzyna Król presenting the topic, Making sense of biomedical knowledge: mothers and rare inborn errors of metabolism, and Daniel Navon (UC San Diego) as commentator.

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Meeting ID: 823 1784 5130

Passcode: 573027



18:00  Edit Zgut– Chair of the seminar – Welcome address

18:05  Małgorzata Rajtar – Socialization of biomedicine – introductory remarks

18:10 Making sense of biomedical knowledge: mothers and rare inborn errors of metabolism  

18:40  Daniel Navon ( UC San Diego) – Commentator

18:55 Discussion

19:30  Closing remarks


Next seminar:

May 25th at 14:00 Steve Davis – Mooring and anchoring in the ‘angloscape’: exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British nationals living long-term in Poland



Katarzyna Król

Making sense of biomedical knowledge: mothers and rare inborn errors of metabolism  



Making sense of biomedical knowledge: mothers and rare inborn errors of metabolism


Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Poland, in this presentation I will discuss some particular aspects of how the mothers of children diagnosed with rare inborn errors of metabolism understand medical knowledge. Rare inborn errors of metabolism is often a severe, chronic, disabling, and possibly lethal condition that negatively impacts the quality of life of patients and their families. Treatment itself is clinically challenging and it subjects patients, often children, to a dietary regimen for the rest of their lives. The engagement of patients and their caregivers constitutes one of the prerequisites for the challenging lifelong treatment. However, this dietary treatment significantly differs from the „traditional” models of feeding children. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the ways in which mothers, the primary caregivers, understand and negotiate biomedical knowledge and propose additional, other-than-biomedical understandings of possible medical treatments. In order to do so, I will focus mainly on attitudes towards gastrostomy tubes.

Previous seminars:

Seminar April 20th

Mümtaz Murat Kök, commentators Adam Nocek (Arizona State University) and Adam Lipszyc (IFiS PAN) –Eugene Thacker’s Cosmic Pessimism


Seminar  March 30th 2021

Edit Zgut, commentators András Bozóki (CEU) and Daniel Kelemen (Rutgers)– Informal power in authoritarian hybrid regimes – a theoretical framework


Seminar  March 16th 2021

Gabriel Klimont, Commentators: Marta Bucholc (Warsaw University) Aleksandra Derra (Nicolaus Copernicus University In Toruń)

The Origins of Biopolitics in Poland?Transformations of Power over Vagabonds in 18th Century Warsaw


Seminar 2 March 3rd 2021

Philip Højme, Commentator Marcel Stoetzler (Bangor University, UK) Reading Butler as a Dialectical Thinker: Juxtaposing Butler with Adorno.


Seminar 1 February 17th 2021

Helen Grela, Commentator: Randall Auxier (Southern Illinois University)

The Lockean and Smithian Roots of Entitlement Theory: Labor, Money, and the Transition to the Free Market system



The New Projects Seminar is funded by Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju, the project “Humanities and Social Sciences for Society and Enterprise” (POWR.03.02.00-IP.08-I019/17). The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Social Fund under the Operational Program Knowledge Education Development 2014 – 2020.


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