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Shagufta Bhangu

Dr Shagufta Bhangu

Lecturer in Global Health & Social Medicine (Bioethics & Society)

Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Culture
  • Medicine

Biography

Dr Shagufta K Bhangu is a Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. She joined King's in 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Wellcome-funded project, 'Grid Oncology : Remaking Cancer Care in India'. She continues to be a member of this project team. She is also a part of the Culture, Medicine and Power (CMP) research group, the Anti-Racism and Decolonising Steering Committee and the Politics of Cancer Network.

Shagufta completed her doctoral research on the emergence of pain medicine in India from Shiv Nadar University, Delhi and was awarded her doctorate in 2021. A part of her doctoral programme was spent as a Fulbright scholar in the medical anthropology programme at University of California San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley.

Research

  • Social & Medical Anthropology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Cancer
  • Pain, Death & Dying
  • Bereavement & Grief Evidence
  • Epistemics & Expertise

Shagufta's research explores the emergence of new medical fields and imaginaries in South Asia. Based on fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork, her doctoral research explored the medicalisation of pain, medical epistemics and practices in a milieu of dwindling state-supported healthcare, industrial labour and chronic illness in Kolkata, India.

Her current project continues her ethnographic focus on medical care and patient worlds taking her to a cancer hospital in Assam. In this frontier space, she is studying imaginations and practices of care, community, blame and responsibility, and nationhood.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • 4SSHM004/01B Introduction to Social Medicine 2

Postgraduate

  • 7SSHM606 Global Health Ethics

Shagufta is happy to co-supervise PhD projects in her geographical and conceptual areas of expertise.

Further details

See Shagufta's research profile

    Research

    CMP Logo-72dpi
    Culture, Medicine & Power research group

    Delving into the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political and historical dimensions of health and illness.

    global health
    Global Oncology Group

    The Global Oncology Group brings together global cancer faculty across King’s College London and it’s NHS partner hospitals under Kings’ Health Partners.

    Events

    14FebWorkshops

    CaféTheoria Workshop 2: Ludwik Fleck with Professor Ilana Löwy

    CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    24JanHomes KII

    Formations of the Social: A Cancer Institute and its ‘Community’ in Northeast India

    This talk delves into cancer treatment of patients in a region marked by linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    07DecDecolonising Health

    Launch of the 'Decolonising Global Health Archive'

    The archive contributes to the decolonising efforts in global health teaching and research.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    13OctIAA Workshop

    CaféTheoria Workshop 1: Michel Foucault with Professor Carlo Caduff

    First part of an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories, and engage peers and colleagues in lively...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    04OctHospitals in South Asia: Health Policies, Care Practices

    Hospitals in South Asia: Health Policies, Care Practices

    Editors and contributors of 'Hospitals in South Asia: Health Policies, Care Practices' will discuss the book's central themes.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    07JunPhoto Credit: Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

    The political stakes of cancer: New contexts, new subjectivities

    This workshop will be the first step in building a global network of early career researchers working on cancer in new contexts and with new subjectivities.

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      CMP Logo-72dpi
      Culture, Medicine & Power research group

      Delving into the interdisciplinary study of social, cultural, political and historical dimensions of health and illness.

      global health
      Global Oncology Group

      The Global Oncology Group brings together global cancer faculty across King’s College London and it’s NHS partner hospitals under Kings’ Health Partners.

      Events

      14FebWorkshops

      CaféTheoria Workshop 2: Ludwik Fleck with Professor Ilana Löwy

      CaféTheoria is an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories and students engage in lively debate.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      24JanHomes KII

      Formations of the Social: A Cancer Institute and its ‘Community’ in Northeast India

      This talk delves into cancer treatment of patients in a region marked by linguistic, religious and ethnic diversity.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      07DecDecolonising Health

      Launch of the 'Decolonising Global Health Archive'

      The archive contributes to the decolonising efforts in global health teaching and research.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      13OctIAA Workshop

      CaféTheoria Workshop 1: Michel Foucault with Professor Carlo Caduff

      First part of an interactive, hybrid workshop series where renowned experts discuss core social science theories, and engage peers and colleagues in lively...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      04OctHospitals in South Asia: Health Policies, Care Practices

      Hospitals in South Asia: Health Policies, Care Practices

      Editors and contributors of 'Hospitals in South Asia: Health Policies, Care Practices' will discuss the book's central themes.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      07JunPhoto Credit: Petr Pavlicek/IAEA

      The political stakes of cancer: New contexts, new subjectivities

      This workshop will be the first step in building a global network of early career researchers working on cancer in new contexts and with new subjectivities.

      Please note: this event has passed.