Joint Events

Workshop: History, Humanities and Global Health: Critical perspectives, contemporary debates

12 & 13 March, Geneva, Switzerland

History, Humanities and Global Health Poster (PDF  , 601kb)

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An international workshop featuring a multi-faceted programme of panels on History, the Humanities and Global Health. Day One will be held at the World Health Organization Library Meeting Room, and begins with Global Health Histories seminar 76 —‘Sri Lanka and its model of universal healthcare’. Day Two will be held at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. The programme features panels on ‘The Origins of the World Health Organization and the evolution of international health’, ’ History and the Humanities, and critical perspectives on health’, Critical medical humanities, and understanding and communicating health’ and presentations on the WHO Global Health Histories project and by Wellcome Trust and WHO officials. The workshop aims to put the discipline of history in the centre-stage, highlighting its uses and the insights it can provide to policy creation and management.

For registration information please visit the Graduate Institute's workshop page.

Both days' events will be streamed live over the internet:

To register for the Global Health Histories seminar visit https://who-meeting.webex.com/who-meeting/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=847690229 and follow the instructions.

To register for the workshop's afternoon session visit https://who-meeting.webex.com/who-meeting/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=841059850 and follow the instructions.

Day Two of the workshop will be streamed on the Graduate Institute's YouTube channel.

Programme

Workshop Programme History, Humanities and Global Health (PDF  , 489kb)

12th March 2014 Venue: The World Health Organization Library Meeting Room

12.30-14.00: Global Health Histories seminar 76: ‘Sri Lanka – An example of model healthcare’

Speakers:

Dr. Margaret Jones (University of York, UK)

Dr. Susie Perera (Director, Organization Development, and Director Policy Analysis & Development, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka)

General discussion

14.00-14.30: Coffee break

14.30-16.00: Origins of the World Health Organization and the evolution of international health

Professor Davide Rodogno (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Professor Thomas David (Lausanne University) - The visual politics of the WHO - the early years (1948-1974)

Professor Marcos Cueto (Fiocruz, Brazil) - Actors, institutions and politics in the origins of the World Health Organization

Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya (University of York, UK) - Anti-imperial nationalism, post-colonial democracy and the lure of the World Health Organization

General discussion

16.00-16.30

Dr. Daniel O’Connor (Head, Medical Humanities, Wellcome Trust, UK) - Humanities and Social Sciences at the Wellcome Trust: strategic aims and future directions

13th March 2014 - Venue: The Graduate Institute, Geneva

8.30-9.00: Registration

9.00-10.00: History, Humanities and the Social Sciences, and critical perspectives on health, Part 1

Dr. Alice Hall (University of York, UK) - Autism narratives

Dr. Monica Saavedra (University of York, UK) – Many ways of being human: mingling medicine, public health and anthropology

10.00-10.30: Coffee

10.30-12.00: History, Humanities and the Social Sciences, and critical perspectives on health, Part 2

Professor Sarah Atkinson (Durham University, UK) – Kidneys, clones and care: the distance of space, time and imagination

Dr. Kate Hampshire (Durham University, UK) - Medicines in a global context: perspectives from critical medical anthropology

General discussion (On Parts 1 & 2)

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-15.00: Critical medical humanities and communicating health

Ms. Asiya Odugleh-Kolev (World Health Organization, Geneva) – Communication: the elephant in the room of public health

Dr. Johannes Ulrich Sommerfeld (Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and World Health Organization, Geneva) – Health Social Science research at the World Health Organization and its Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases: history, trends and perspectives

Professor John Parrish-Sprowl (Indian University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA) – Communication complex: A key to improving global public health

General discussion

Coffee: 15.00-15.30

15.30-16.15: Closing seminar: The Global Health Histories project

Dr. Alexander Medcalf (University of York, UK) - History in global health: A tool for engagement and analysis

Dr. Hooman Momen (World Health Organization, Geneva) - Lessons from the Global Health Histories project for international public health

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The workshop is co-organised by the Centre for Global Health Histories; The Graduate Institute, Geneva; University of Lausanne; and World Health Organization; with generous support from the Wellcome Trust, UK.

Further details: The Global Health Histories Project and GHH seminar 75The Graduate InstituteThe Centre for Global Health HistoriesWorkshop Programme History, Humanities and Global Health (PDF  , 489kb) & History, Humanities and Global Health Poster (PDF  , 601kb)