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FBOs, Health and Hope

Thursday 7 April 2022

Join in this event on World Health Day where academics and policymakers will discuss the important role of Faith-based Organisations in global contexts of health.

Faith-Based Organisations and Covid19

Thursday 3 February 2022

Hope in the age of pandemics - and, the role played by FBO engagement in promoting this important quality in socio-cultural contexts, where pandemic pressures have increased economic pressures, political pressures and, as a result, community-level challenges.

"The Bounds of Compassion?": medical mercy killings in South Africa, 1979s-1990s

Monday 15 February 2021

Part of the 'Doing History' event series run by AboutFace York in connection with the Centre for Global Health Histories.

GHH seminar 151: Antimicrobial Resistance – Global Policy, Clinical Practice and Public Responses

Monday 30 November 2020

The speakers will be examining multiple administrative, political and social factors for AMR using case studies from the UK and Sri Lanka

GHH 150: History of Malaria elimination in Sri Lanka

Monday 12 October 2020

This webinar will involve senior WHO and Sri Lankan officials who will share insights into malaria elimination in Sri Lanka

GHH 149: Women in the History of Tropical Medicine

Tuesday 4 August 2020

GHH seminar #149: Women in the History of Tropical Medicine, co-organised by CGHH and Fiocruz.

GHH 148: Can malaria be eradicated? The future of malaria control

Thursday 9 July 2020

This webinar brings together academics and WHO in discussing the future of Malaria control

COVID-19, the WHO, and International Society

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS): Special Zoom Event

Thriving: the role of culture in defining and advancing well-being

Thursday 7 May 2020

Culture & Health webinar series 2020 - Thriving: the role of culture in defining and advancing well-being

Global Health Histories Seminar #147 - A puff of smoke: What next for tobacco control?

Monday 27 April 2020

On 27 April WHO is organising a webinar on Tobacco control as part of the Culture and Wellbeing seminar series and Global Health Histories Seminar #147.

Global Health Histories Seminar 146: Health Diplomacy: The bases for international and global health

Friday 6 March 2020

Health Diplomacy: The bases for international and global health

Global Health Histories Seminar 145: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Technological Challenges

Friday 6 March 2020

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Technological Challenges

Global Health Histories Seminar 144: COVID19: Inter-disciplinary approaches

Thursday 27 February 2020

The speakers will discuss issues concerning the current situation of the Corona Virus

Global Health Histories Seminar 143: Mental Health and Inequalities

Friday 14 February 2020

The speakers will discuss issues concerning mental health and its inequalities

Global Health Histories Seminar 142: Complementary and Alternative Medicines in the "Biomedical World"

Thursday 6 February 2020

The speakers will discuss the role of traditional and complementary medicine in primary health care.

Global Health Histories Seminar 141: Global Health Futures

Friday 31 January 2020

In this GHH seminar, the expert panel will discuss the futures of global health with case-studies from Haiti, India, USA, and beyond.

Global Health Histories Seminar 140: Decolonizing Global health - Theories, Methods, Language

Friday 31 January 2020

In this GHH seminar, the expert panel will discuss the theories, methods and language of decolonizing global health.

Global Health Histories Seminar 139: Children and Research

Thursday 16 January 2020

In this GHH seminar, the expert panel will consider public health research including children.

Global Health Histories Seminar 138: 200 million lives saved: Smallpox eradication 40 years on

Tuesday 5 November 2019

This Global Health Histories seminar will draw upon former smallpox eradicators and historians to present a multi-faceted and nuanced view of Smallpox eradication

AboutFace Launch Event - Framing the face: history, emotion, transplantation

Friday 25 October 2019

Fay Bound Alberti, co-Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories, is hosting a panel discussion and drinks reception in York on Friday 25 October to launch her UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship on the cultural and emotional history of face transplants.

Global Health Histories Seminar 137: 'Anti-microbial Resistance in South Asia: Challenges & Possibilities'

Tuesday 22 October 2019

This latest GHH seminar tackles the significant public health threat posed by AMR

Global Health Histories Seminar 136: Private Sector Engagement in the Health Sector in India

Monday 21 October 2019

The private sector plays an important role in most of the world’s health systems and in recent years countries have moved them to work increasingly with the private sector.

Global Health Histories Seminar 135: Primary Health Care in Historical and Political Perspectives - From Alma-Ata to Astana: Current Challenges to Health fro all again

Wednesday 25 September 2019

This seminar discusses the major challenges of primary health care in a historical perspective

Global Health Histories Seminar 134: Natural Disasters and Health: the experience of Mariana and Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Monday 23 September 2019

The expert panel will explore the impact of natural disasters on health

Global Health Histories Seminar 133: The Health Challenges of Social Marginalisation

Thursday 12 September 2019

In this GHH seminar the expert panel consider the health challenges of social exclusion and marginalisation

Global Health Histories Seminar 132: Infectious Diseases: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives

Wednesday 11 September 2019

This seminar will focus on the subject of infectious disease control

Global Health Histories Seminar 131: 'Man Up’: Masculinities and mental health seeking behaviors

Tuesday 3 September 2019

This Global Health Histories seminar investigates the relationships between culturally influenced notions of ‘masculinity’, men’s mental health-seeking behaviors and gender equality.

Global Health Histories Seminar 130: Mental Health

Monday 2 September 2019

This seminars brings together the thoughts of a diverse range of panelists to discuss this issue.

Global Health Histories Seminar 129: A bridge to better healthcare: Cultural mediators in refugee and migrant healthcare

Tuesday 2 July 2019

This Global Health Histories seminar focuses on the ways in which cultural mediators work within refugee and migrant health settings

Global Health Histories Seminar 128:  Health and Disease across Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries in a Global World

Tuesday 25 June 2019

This Global Health Histories seminar focuses on Health and Disease across Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries in a Global World

Global Health Histories Seminar 127: Towards Universal Health Care: History of ‘Health for All’ Struggles in India

Tuesday 18 June 2019

This seminar focuses on the History of ‘Health for All’ Struggles in India

Global Health Histories Seminar 126: The Political Economy of Health Financing Reforms

Monday 10 June 2019

This seminar focuses on research into the political economy of health

Global Health Histories Seminar 125: Safety and Society: Cycle helmet debates

Tuesday 4 June 2019

This Global Health Histories seminar asks the question; "Should cycle helmets should be made compulsory?"

Global Health Histories Seminar 124: Health in Emergencies

Sunday 7 April 2019

This seminar poses the question, how should we rethink humanitarian interventions during times of emergency?

Global Health Histories Seminar 123: Waste and wellbeing: Cultural waste disposal practices and health

Tuesday 2 April 2019

This Global Health Histories seminar investigates the relationships between culture in different contexts, waste management practices and related health outcomes

Global Health Histories Seminar 122: Communities for Health in Africa

Friday 29 March 2019


GHH 121: The Creation & Expansion of the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme

Thursday 28 March 2019

A special addition to the GHH calendar, this seminar will explore smallpox control programmes in a variety of national contexts

Global Health Histories Seminar 120: History, Culture and Global Health Sustainability

Thursday 14 March 2019

This installment of the GHH series focuses on the benefits of links between history, culture and global health sustainability

Global Health Histories Seminar 119 - Air pollution: Local contexts, universal effects

Wednesday 6 March 2019

The Global Health Histories Seminars return to York to focus on the global challenge of air pollution

Global Health Histories Seminar 117: Global Historical Milestones in PHC Implementation & Community Health Workers

Tuesday 5 March 2019

This seminar will focus on the role of community health workers in primary health care delivery

Global Health Histories Seminar 116: Antimicrobial Resistance

Wednesday 30 January 2019

This seminar explores the global challenges presented by antimicrobial resistance

Global Health Histories Seminar 115: The WHO's Public Information Activities in Historical Perspective

Monday 21 January 2019

This installment in the Global Health Histories series looks back at historic WHO public information strategies

Global Health Histories Seminar 114: Community Health Workers

Monday 5 November 2018

The expert panel will examine the role of community workers from the 1970s up until the present day

Global Health Histories Seminar 113: Immunization for Universal Health Coverage

Wednesday 24 October 2018

The latest installment in the Global Health Histories series, focussing on immunization

Global Health Histories Seminar 112: Faith in Universal Health Coverage: Primary Health Care at 40 and the World Council of Churches at 70

Wednesday 17 October 2018

A special Global Health Histories seminar marking the 40th Anniversary of the Declaration of Alma Ata

Adventures, archives, and anguish in undertaking AIDS research

Monday 15 October 2018

Join CGHH for a public lecture with Dr Carla Tsampiras

Global Health Histories Seminar 111 - Zika

Monday 8 October 2018

Join us in the Berrick Saul Building for the return of the popular Global Health Histories series

Global Health Histories Seminar 110: Polio, Immunization and Universal Health Coverage

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Our third Global Health Histories seminar to be hosted in York, focusing this time on polio eradication

Global Health Histories Seminar 109: Health Communication

Friday 14 September 2018

In this seminar, the expert panel will analyse health promotion strategies, doctor-patient communications, and discuss the role of communication in helping to achieve Universal Health Coverage.

GHH Seminar 108: Tuberculosis, Infectious Disease Control & Primary Health Care

Thursday 5 July 2018

Join us for this panel discussion as the Global Health Histories series returns to York

Global Health Histories Seminar 107: Cultural contexts of health: vaccine hesitancy - Why do some people not vaccinate?

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Join us for a seminar exploring the historical, political and cultural factors that have influenced the public’s willingness to accept vaccination

The Cholera Pandemic, Transnational Politics, and the Cold War in Southeast Asia and China, 1960-1965

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Join us for a CGHH research workshop with Professor Xiaoping Fang

How do we study transitions in health and medicine?

Thursday 31 May 2018

Join CGHH for a workshop with Professor V. Sujatha on transitions in health and medicine

Global Health Histories 106 - 'Strategies of Anti-Panic: A New Approach to Epidemic Panic'

Friday 18 May 2018

The 106th Global Health Histories seminar will focus on strategies of anti-panic and new approaches to rumour control.

“’No Other Help Wins More Friends’: The Cold War, Decolonization, and the WHO Global Yaws Control Programme, 1944-52”

Thursday 10 May 2018

Join us for a workshop on the history of the WHO Global Yaws Control Programme

Global Health Histories 105: 'Cultural contexts of health and well-being: Can art save lives?'

Tuesday 8 May 2018

The latest Global Health Histories seminar focuses on the use of arts and culture in health promotion.

Global Health Histories Seminar 104: Tobacco Control - Histories & Current Global Challenges

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Join us in York for the 104th Global Health Histories seminar, on histories and current global challenges of tobacco control

Marginalised mothers: health communication and maternal health in East Africa, 1920-2017

Monday 19 February 2018

Join us in the Treehouse for a public lecture with Dr Shane Doyle

From Face/Off to the Face Race: An Emotional History of the Face Transplant

Monday 22 January 2018

Our first public lecture of 2018, with Dr Fay Bound Alberti

Global Health Histories 103 - 'United Nations, Health Systems & UHC: histories, present & future'

Wednesday 17 January 2018

The 103rd GHH seminar focuses on 'United Nations, Health Systems and UHC: histories, present and future'

Trust in Global Health Workshop

Friday 1 December 2017

Details about the forthcoming interdisciplinary workshop on Trust in Global Health.

Strengthening Universal Health Coverage for the fight against Anti-Microbial Resistance: Global Health Histories Seminar 102

Thursday 7 September 2017

The 102nd Global Health Histories seminar, this instalment assesses what can be done to strengthen Universal Health Coverage in the fight against AMR

'A world that counts?' Contexts of health: Information for Health, Global Health Histories Seminar 101

Thursday 22 June 2017

'A world that counts?' Contexts of health: Information for Health

Fraud and Veracity in Early Modern Observations of Generation

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Join us for a public lecture with Dr Signe Nipper Nielsen

Lines of sight:visions of Senegalese public health

Thursday 27 April 2017

Join us for a public lecture with Dr Branwyn Poleykett

Lessons from the Tin Woodman: Disability and the Posthuman

Thursday 9 March 2017

Join us for a public lecture with Professor Stuart Murray

Dependent Agency in the Global Health Regime: Local African Responses to Donor AIDS Efforts

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Join us for a public lecture with Dr Emma Louise Anderson

Unseen City: Travelling Psychoanalysis and the Urban Poor

Thursday 16 February 2017

Join us for the Centre for Global Health Histories' first public lecture of the year, with Ankhi Mukherjee

Medicine & Visual Culture Research Masterclass

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Join us for the next research masterclass in the series with Professor Ludmilla Jordanova

"Aedes aegypti": Old and New Sanitary Emergencies, Global Health Histories Seminar 100

Friday 2 December 2016

The 100th Global Health Histories seminar will be broadcast live over the internet from Brazil. This will include live translation from Portuguese into Spanish and English.

"Social biology and progressive politics in mid-twentieth-century Britain." The William Bynum Lecture 2016

Wednesday 30 November 2016

The annual William Bynum lectures find a new home in London, hosted by the History of Medicine Society. This lecture will draw on the research carried out by Dr Chris Renwick, of the University of York's Dep.t of History.

The Visual Politics of the WHO in Historical Perspective (1949-1974)

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Join us for this free public lecture on the visual politics of the World Health Organization

Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, evolution and fraud

Thursday 20 October 2016

The modern world is flooded with images, but only a few come to represent whole domains of knowledge. Among the most famous are drawings of embryos by the German Darwinist Ernst Haeckel in which humans and other vertebrates begin almost identical, then diverge toward their adult forms. But these icons of evolution are notorious, too: soon after their publication in 1868, a colleague alleged fraud, and Haeckel’s many enemies have repeated the charge ever since.

Challenging stereotypes of ‘Science’ and ‘Belief’: STEM as cultural identity in a pluralist world?

Thursday 13 October 2016

We have become accustomed to representations of ‘science’ as episodically being in a state of conflict with faith based worldviews. However, surprisingly very little research has been done to actually examine what public perceptions are about the relationship between these purportedly clashing world views. This lecture will explore the perceptions or prejudices that may affect individuals or institutions when approaching research, policy decision making, STEM communication or delivery of services.

Environment and Health: Global Health Histories Seminar 99

Friday 7 October 2016

We know that the environment affects our health and well-being. Yet, historical, cultural and socio-economic factors play an important role in terms of what facilitates or prevents the use of and access to landscapes and attractive green spaces as well as how the relationship between environment and health is perceived.

Across the borders: German-Brazilian Psychiatry between 1900 and 1930

Wednesday 5 October 2016

This research masterclass focuses on on the circulation of German-speaking psychiatric knowledge in early twentieth-century Brazil.

Global Health Ethics Seminar 6: Disease Surveillance for the SDGs – Balancing privacy with the need to know

Monday 3 October 2016

The sixth event in the Global Health Ethics series, this time exploring surveillance

Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past: International Workshop

Wednesday 14 September 2016

How do historians engage with communities and public policy outside of academic circles?

"You are how you eat" Food and Nutrition: Global Health Histories Seminar 98

Thursday 25 August 2016

"You are how you eat" Cultural contexts of health: Food and Nutrition.

Connections between race, racism and health inequities shaping Sickle Cell Disease in Brazil - Lunchtime Seminar

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Sickle cell disease is a severe genetic condition and a cause of high mortality rates all over the world. This presentation will discuss social inequality, race and health inequities with relation to Sickle Cell Disease.

Bioethics at the World Health Organization: Global Health Ethics Seminar

Thursday 16 June 2016

The fifth in the series and a parallel session at the International Association of Bioethics World Congress

Festival of Ideas: "Mental Health for All"

Saturday 11 June 2016

CGHH is honoured to support this upcoming Festival of Ideas talk, 'Mental Health for All.' The centre is very pleased that many other interesting events are happening- we will highlight relevant talks and exhibitions in public interest, so please look out for further information

Colonial Population and the Idea of Development - Research Masterclass

Thursday 2 June 2016

This talk traces the shift in population theory from the Malthusian framework that predominated in English-language political economic writings of the nineteenth century to demographic transition theory, which prevailed by the mid-twentieth century.

Leprosy: Global Health Histories Seminar 97

Friday 6 May 2016

The 97th event in the popular Global Health Histories Series, focusing on leprosy.

'Bioethics' - Global Health Ethics Seminar 4

Thursday 5 May 2016

The fourth event in the new Global Health Ethics series, focusing on Bioethics

Gender, the Bible, and the Spanish Monarchy (1600-1800)

Thursday 28 April 2016

Marianismo is a historical trope by which Latin females behave like pliant Virgins, suffering pain and sorrow engendered by patriarchy and subordination. This lecture will focus on a very different model of Marian behaviour which draws on Mary as the fulfilment of Israelite Old Testament female warriors, namely Deborah, Judith and Yael.

UK Premiere of '50 Years of Shame'

Thursday 21 April 2016

50 years ago, Thalidomide slipped into the lives of thousands of families. Grünenthal is the pharmaceutical company that created and sold the drug, responsible for a story that is still largely untold. This film explores that story.

Responsible Use of Antibiotics - A Question of Justice? Global Health Ethics Seminar 3

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Join the debate on why we should all care about antimicrobial resistance.

""Death of the King": Smallpox Vaccination and Diplomacy in Nepal in 1816" Masterclass

Wednesday 9 March 2016

In November 1816 the King of Nepal died from smallpox during an epidemic. It is not mentioned in any account that in the months leading up to the young king’s death the British Residency staff obtained a vaccine from India and offered vaccination to the government and people of Nepal.

'More than a feeling': the informed application of music in everyday and extraordinary wellbeing challenges.

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Victoria Williamson presents a free public lecture on the application of music to wellbeing challenges

"Not Everyone Can be a Gandhi": The Global Indian Medical Diaspora in the post-WWII Era

Thursday 3 March 2016

David Wright presents a free public lecture on the Global Indian Medical Diaspora

Ebola and Ethics - The Unfinished Agenda - Global Health Ethics Seminar 2

Tuesday 8 December 2015

The Global Health Ethics Seminars (GHES) provides a forum for leading ethicists, health care workers, policy makers and patients from across the world to come together and provide practical answers to the major moral and ethical questions that arise in public health.

Chikungunya: Global Health Histories Seminar 95

Thursday 3 December 2015

The ninth GHH seminar of the year, focussing on Chikungunya

Air Pollution: Global Health Histories Seminar 94

Friday 20 November 2015

The eighth GHH seminar of the year, focussing on air pollution

Cultural Contexts of Health: Migration. Global Health Histories Seminar 93

Thursday 12 November 2015

A GHH seminar from the WHO Regional Office for Europe focussing on migration.

Trial and Evolution: Chemotherapy for Tuberculosis in Britain, 1940-70

Thursday 22 October 2015

Clare Leeming-Latham presents a lecture based on her Bynum Prize-winning essay

Evidence Based Medicine & Health Policy: Global Health Histories Seminar 92

Thursday 15 October 2015

The seventh GHH seminar of the year, focussing on evidence based medicine and health policy

Beyond autonomy: Towards an ethical framework to support healthy ageing - Global Health Ethics Seminar 1

Tuesday 13 October 2015

The Global Health Ethics Unit in collaboration with the University of York and the Wellcome Trust is pleased to invite you to the inaugural webinar of the Global Health Ethics Seminar Series : “Beyond autonomy: Towards an ethical framework to support healthy ageing”.

Ebola: exploring the cultural contexts of an epidemic

Thursday 8 October 2015

A GHH seminar focusing on Ebola, held at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

GHH would like to welcome Leandro Viegas, a PhD candidate from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) who is currently collaborating with Dr Joao Nunes as a visiting researcher to the Department of Politics. 

Leandro is a skilled government official with recognised experience on international affairs, having represented Brazil in missions to WHO, PAHO and the UN both on governing body's meetings and intergovernmental negotiations, such as the IGWG, FCTC-COPs and high-level conferences. Leandro holds a Masters degree in Global Health and Health Diplomacy from the National School of Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. His current research is focused on examining the decision-making process at WHO on the international response to the Zika virus and the congenital neurological syndromes.