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Marsha Rosengarten BA, MA, PhD

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Department Sociology
Email m.rosengarten (@gold.ac.uk)
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Marsha Rosengarten BA, MA, PhD

Marsha Rosengarten's academic career began in Australia as a mature age student after working in the non-government welfare sector on employment, housing and planning issues while thinking that she wanted to make films. After Marsha did a little film-making, she opted for more study. The more study Martha took—BA, Graduate Diploma in Communications with major in film and video production,  MA (by Research Thesis), PhD on Blood and the Fragility of Identity—the more engaged she became with the realm of ideas and the possibilities afforded by new modes of thought.

Teaching

Marsha teaches on core courses as well as postgraduate and undergraduate options. Currently she is responsible for the 3rd year undergraduate Dissertation course, an undergraduate option ‘Sex, Drugs and Technology’ that incorporates the work of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze and others under the heading of Science and Technology Studies. She plans to co-teach an MA option engaging the process thought of thinkers including A.N. Whitehead, Isabelle Stengers, William James and Michel Serres in relation to questions of health and medicine.

Areas of supervision

Speculative Philosophy/Process thought, Science and Technology Studies, Feminist critiques of matter, Sexuality, Ethics and Biomedicine. Marsha currently supervises six PhD students covering: the establishment of an archive on the history of HIV/AIDS in the UK; the matter of frequent attendance in Chilean primary care; enactments of HIV in a specialist UK clinic; an ethnography of HIV in a specialist antenatal clinic; Palestinian women’s experience of incarceration under Israeli Occupation; Queering Thai Sexual Identity and Culture in Digital Societies; the relationship between predictive algorithms, ‘big data’ practitioners, prediction and the future.

Research Interests

Process thinking, Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Theory (Butler), Queer Theory, Sexuality, Ethics.

Marsha is especially interested in the possibilities afforded by the speculative philosophy of A.N. Whitehead and Isabelle Stengers for rethinking/reframing problems in the fields of health and medicine. Her specialism is in HIV although she is interested in biomedical research approaches to Ebola and TB.

Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH) Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) with Beate Binder, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany; Martin Lengwiler, University of Basel, Switzerland; Agata Dziuban, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. June 2016 – May 2019.

Brocher Foundation (2014) in collaboration with Dr Martin Savransky and Prof Dan Neyland, Implementation Award. International Symposium: 'Is it feasible to conceive of ‘situated efficacy’?: A symposium on the distinction between efficacy and effectiveness in HIV health and medical research'. To be held in Geneva, February 2015.

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant (2014. w/M. Savransky), Project: 'Towards a Concept of Situated Efficacy: An Alternative Mode of Collaboration between Social Science and Biomedicine'.

Publications

Book

Innovation and Biomedicine: Ethics, Evidence and Expectation in HIV
Michael, Mike and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2013. Innovation and Biomedicine: Ethics, Evidence and Expectation in HIV. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-30267-9

HIV Interventions: Biomedicine and the Traffic between Information and Flesh
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2009. HIV Interventions: Biomedicine and the Traffic between Information and Flesh. Seattle: University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-0295989426

Book Section

Quantitative Objects and Qualitative Things: Ethics and HIV Biomedical Prevention
Michael, Mike and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2014. Quantitative Objects and Qualitative Things: Ethics and HIV Biomedical Prevention. In: Eleanor Casella; Gillian Evans; Penelope Harvey; Hannah Knox; Chris McLean; Elizabeth Silva; Nick Thoburn and Kath Woodward, eds. Objects and Materials. A Routledge Companion. Great Britain: Routledge, pp. 349-358. ISBN 0415678803

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the complexities of biomedical prevention: ontological openness and the prevention assemblage
Rosengarten, Marsha and Michael, Mike. 2010. HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the complexities of biomedical prevention: ontological openness and the prevention assemblage. In: , ed. HIV Treatment and Prevention Technologies in International Perspective. Great Britain: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 167-183. ISBN 978-0-230-23819-0

The Measure of HIV as a Matter of Bioethics
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2005. The Measure of HIV as a Matter of Bioethics. In: M Shildrick and R Mykitiuk, eds. Ethics of the body: postconventional challenges. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 71-90. ISBN 0-262-69320-8

A Pig's Tale: Porcine Viruses and Species Boundaries'
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2001. A Pig's Tale: Porcine Viruses and Species Boundaries'. In: Alison Bashford and Claire Hooker, eds. Contagion: Historical and cultural studies. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 168-182. ISBN 978-0-415-24671-2

Transmigrating Organs: Identity and Medical Technology
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2001. Transmigrating Organs: Identity and Medical Technology. In: J Docker and G Fischer, eds. Adventures of Identity: Constructing Multicultural Identities. 15 Tuebingen: Stauffenburg, pp. 61-72. ISBN 3-86057-043-9

Article

What Is Nature Capable Of? Evidence, Ontology, and Speculative Medical Humanities
Savransky, Martin and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2016. What Is Nature Capable Of? Evidence, Ontology, and Speculative Medical Humanities. Medical Humanities, ISSN 1468-215X

Connective adventures in the work of Ebola: Science and Speculation - Review of 'David Quammen ' Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus'
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2016. Connective adventures in the work of Ebola: Science and Speculation - Review of 'David Quammen ' Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus'. Biosocieties, 11, pp. 129-133. ISSN 1745-8552

Medicine as a Tactic of War: Palestinian Precarity
Rosengarten, Marsha and Pfingst, Annie. 2012. Medicine as a Tactic of War: Palestinian Precarity. Body & Society, 18(3-4), pp. 99-125. ISSN 1357-034X

HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions
Michael, Mike and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2012. HIV, Globalization and Topology: Of Prepositions and Propositions. Theory, Culture & Society, 29(4-5), pp. 93-115. ISSN 0263-2764

Willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and the likelihood of decreased condom use are both associated with unprotected anal intercourse and the perceived likelihood of becoming HIV positive among Australian gay and bisexual men
Holt, Martin; Murphy, Dean, A.; Callander, Denton; Ellard, Jeanne; Rosengarten, Marsha; Kippax, Susan and de Wit, John. 2012. Willingness to use HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and the likelihood of decreased condom use are both associated with unprotected anal intercourse and the perceived likelihood of becoming HIV positive among Australian gay and bisexual men. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 88(4), pp. 258-263. ISSN 1368-4973

Introduction to special issue of Body & Society, 'Medicine, Bodies, Politics: Experimentation and Emergence'
Michael, Mike and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2012. Introduction to special issue of Body & Society, 'Medicine, Bodies, Politics: Experimentation and Emergence'. Body & Society, pp. 1-17.

The performative function of expectations in translating treatment to prevention: The case of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP
Rosengarten, Marsha and Michael, Mike. 2009. The performative function of expectations in translating treatment to prevention: The case of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Social Science and Medicine, 69(7), pp. 1049-1055. ISSN 0277-9536

Commentaries on the nature of social and cultural research: Interviews on HIV/AIDS with Judy Auerbach, Susan Kippax, Steven Epstein, Didier Fassin, Barry Adam and Dennis Altman
Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2009. Commentaries on the nature of social and cultural research: Interviews on HIV/AIDS with Judy Auerbach, Susan Kippax, Steven Epstein, Didier Fassin, Barry Adam and Dennis Altman. Social Theory & Health, 7(3), pp. 284-304. ISSN 1477-8211

HIV/AIDS in its third decade: Renewed critique in social and cultural analysis – An introduction
Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2009. HIV/AIDS in its third decade: Renewed critique in social and cultural analysis – An introduction. Social Theory & Health, 7(3), ISSN 1477-8211

Special Issue on HIV/AIDS in its third decade: renewed critique in social and cultural analysis Social Theory & Health
Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2009. Special Issue on HIV/AIDS in its third decade: renewed critique in social and cultural analysis Social Theory & Health. Social Theory & Health, 7(3), pp. 187-195. ISSN 1477-8211

Rethinking the bioethical enactment of drugged bodies: On the paradoxes of using anti-HIV drug therapy as a technology for prevention (PrEP)
Rosengarten, Marsha and Michael, Mike. 2009. Rethinking the bioethical enactment of drugged bodies: On the paradoxes of using anti-HIV drug therapy as a technology for prevention (PrEP). Science as Culture, 18(2), pp. 183-199. ISSN 0950-5431

Commentaries on the nature of social and cultural research: Interviews on HIV/AIDS with Judy Auerbach, Susan Kippax, Steven Epstein, Didier Fassin, Barry Adam and Dennis Altman
Rosengarten, Marsha and Mykhalovskiy, Eric. 2009. Commentaries on the nature of social and cultural research: Interviews on HIV/AIDS with Judy Auerbach, Susan Kippax, Steven Epstein, Didier Fassin, Barry Adam and Dennis Altman. Social Theory & Health, 7(3), pp. 284-304. ISSN 1477-8211

The challenges of technological innovation in HIV
Rosengarten, Marsha; Michael, Mike; Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Imrie, J.. 2008. The challenges of technological innovation in HIV. The Lancet, 372(9636), pp. 357-358. ISSN 0140-6736

Dealing with the challenges of technological innovation in HIV prevention and treatment
Michael, Mike; Rosengarten, Marsha; Mykhalovskiy, Eric and Imrie, John. 2008. Dealing with the challenges of technological innovation in HIV prevention and treatment. The Lancet, 372(9636), pp. 357-358.

The challenges of technological innovation in HIV
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2008. The challenges of technological innovation in HIV. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-4.

AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge - Alex Preda (book review)
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2006. AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge - Alex Preda (book review). British Journal of Sociology, 57(4), pp. 728-730. ISSN 0007-1315

Diagnosis and stigma and identity amongst HIV positive Black Africans living in the UK
Flowers, Paul; Davis, Mark; Hart, Graham; Rosengarten, Marsha and Imrie, John. 2006. Diagnosis and stigma and identity amongst HIV positive Black Africans living in the UK. Psychology and Health, 21(1), pp. 109-122. ISSN 0887-0446

The Challenge of HIV for Feminist Theory
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2004. The Challenge of HIV for Feminist Theory. Feminist Theory, 5(2), pp. 205-222. ISSN 14647001

After the Euphoria: HIV medical technologies from the perspective of their prescribers
Rosengarten, Marsha; Hart, G.; Flowers, P. and Imrie, J.. 2004. After the Euphoria: HIV medical technologies from the perspective of their prescribers. Sociology of Health and Illness, 26(5), pp. 575-596. ISSN 01419889

Consumer activism in the pharmacology of HIV
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2004. Consumer activism in the pharmacology of HIV. Body & Society, 10(1), pp. 91-107. ISSN 1357034X

Blood and bioidentity: ideas about self, boundaries and risk among blood donors and people living with Hepatitis C
Waldby, C.; Rosengarten, Marsha; Treloar, C. and Fraser, S.. 2004. Blood and bioidentity: ideas about self, boundaries and risk among blood donors and people living with Hepatitis C. Social Science & Medicine, 59(7), pp. 1461-1471. ISSN 02779536

On the biology of sexed subjects
Rosengarten, Marsha and Keane, H.. 2002. On the biology of sexed subjects. Australian Feminist Studies, 17(39), pp. 261-277. ISSN 08164649

Thinking menstrual blood
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2000. Thinking menstrual blood. Australian Feminist Studies, 15(31), pp. 91-101. ISSN 0816-4649

Project

'Speculation and Speculative Research Workshop', International Workshop with participants from UK, US, and Australia on speculation in social and cultural research and STS
Savransky, Martin; Gabrys, Jennifer; Rosengarten, Marsha and Wilkie, Alex. 2014. 'Speculation and Speculative Research Workshop', International Workshop with participants from UK, US, and Australia on speculation in social and cultural research and STS.

Report

"Touch Wood, Everything Will Be Ok": Gay Men’s Understandings of Clinical Markers in Sexual Practice
Rosengarten, Marsha; Race, K. and Kippax, S.. 2000. "Touch Wood, Everything Will Be Ok": Gay Men’s Understandings of Clinical Markers in Sexual Practice. Project Report. National Centre in HIV Social Research, Sidney.