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

Friday 31 January 2020, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Kearsley Stewart (Duke University - Moderator), Walter Mignolo (Duke University - Speaker), Amy Locklear Hertel (UNC Chapel Hill - Speaker), Madhukar Pai (McGill University - Speaker), Melexkizedeck Khayesi (WHO - Speaker)

Global health as we know it today- in our research, our practice, and our programming - is the newest configuration of what was once 'tropical health' and 'colonial medicine'. Yet in most major institutions and organisations today, global health is practised in a depoliticised and ahistorical manner. Oppressive roots of global health, such as colonialism, slavery, sexism, and classism are often hidden by a focus on interventions that alleviate human suffering. As a result, many global health practitioners and researchers, despite good intentions, perpetuate the very systems of oppression in which colonial medicine was embedded. This conference will challenge us to ask: How do we build a global health system that is decolonized?


You can also follow the live stream here. 

Location: Love Auditorium@ Levine Science Research Center, Duke University. Also streamed live.