Joint workshop with Freie Universität Berlin | Studying medical globalization: Historical and anthropological investigations

    Studying medical globalization: Historical and anthropological investigations

    Joint workshop Globhealth/Freie Universität Berlin, Paris/Cermes3, February 22-23, 2016

    Anthropologists and historians alike have been contributing to research and practice in the rapidly changing and expanding field of global health. In approaching the global as something translated in and emerging from local practices and local knowledge, both disciplines share common interests.

    This workshop intends to explore how we can link the study of globalization processes in both disciplines to inquiries into the fields of medicine and health. In particular, we aim to discuss which theoretical and methodological frameworks can be applied to a critical analysis of the role of locality and local perspectives in the burgeoning field of medical globalization.

    The following methodological and theoretical concepts can serve as entry points for the discussion:

    Methodological entries
    • Ethnographic methods

    • Ethics and epistemologies

    • Working with/in archives

    • Temporal structure and narrative explanation

    Theoretical propositions
    • The political economies of health and health care provision and their local articulations;

    • Material and social worlds such as laboratories, hospitals, enterprises, public health institutions, international organizations, etc.;

    • Different levels of circulations, flows, scapes, mobilities and connectivities.

    This workshop aims to establish a fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue that

    • Provides opportunity for scholars working in fields of global health and medical globalization (ranging from PhD students to postdoctoral researchers) to present their research projects and engage in an intense exchange of ideas;
    • Emphasizes (but does not limit) its regional foci on East Africa and India;
    • Provides time for networking beyond the thematic workshop and for the consideration of future collaborations.
    Papers to be presented:

    Presented by Judith Schühle:
    Caroline Meier zu Biesen, From coastal to global: The transnational circulation of Ayurveda and its relevance for Indo-African linkages
    Presented by Caroline Meier zu Biesen:
    Judith Schühle, The embeddedness in transnational therapy networks of migrated Nigerian physicians

    Presented by Dominik Mattes:
    Fanny Chabrol, An ethnographic study of hospital management of tuberculosis in northern Tanzania
    Presented by Fanny Chabrol:
    Dominik Mattes, The politics of normalization. Providing and Living a Life with Antiretroviral HIV Treatment in North-eastern Tanzania

    Presented by Britta Rutert:
    Vegard Sture, The Tuberculosis ‘Xpert’ Performed. Global Health discourse and local implications of a large-scale technology roll-out
    Presented by Vegard Sture:
    Britta Rutert, Re-Valuating Medicinal Plants and Indigenous Knowledge in post-Apartheid South Africa

    Presented by Giorgio Brocco:
    Ursula Read, Between care and control: exploring the emergence of ‘human rights’ as global form in contrasting sites of mental health care in Ghana, West Africa
    Presented by Ursula Read:
    Giorgio Brocco, Narrating New Identities: Albinism in the Wake of Humanitarian Reasons

    Presented by Anitha Tingira:
    Mandy Geise, From genetics to genomics in Mexico through an anthropological and historical lens
    Presented by Mandy Geise:
    Anitha Tingira, From Traditional Birth Attendants to Community Health Workers: Reflection of Politics of Maternal Health in Tanzania

    Lecture Series "Global Health: Anticipations, Infrastructures, Knowledges" 2015-2016

    Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (October 2015 - June 2016)

    The framing of health as a global issue over the last three decades has carved out an intellectual, economic and political space that differs from that of the post-war international public health field. This older system was characterised by disease eradication programs and by the dominance of nation states and the organisations of the United Nations. The actors, intervention targets and tools of contemporary global health contrast with previous international health efforts. The construction of markets for medical goods takes a central place in this new era, as does regulation by civil society actors. Global health can also be characterized by co-morbidities between chronic and infectious diseases, the stress on therapeutic intervention, risk management, health as an instrument of 'community' development and the deployment of new modes of surveillance and epidemiological prediction. This emerging field takes on a radically different appearance when examined at the level of its infrastructures (such as the WHO, the World Bank or the Gates Foundation) or at the level of the knowledges and anticipatory practices generated by its practices and local instantiations.

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