Posted on 29 June 2015
Dr Henrice Altink (Assocate Member of CGHH and Deputy Head of the Department of History at the University of York) is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to deliver a research masterclass on the relationship between race and medicine. She will address the issue from a case study on combating tuberculosis in Jamaica by the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation between 1927 and 1942. The event takes place in the Fiocruz campus in Manguinhos in Rio.
Henrice is also in Brazil as part of the international workshop on 'Tropical Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean: a historical perspective', which takes place between 1-3 July. The workshop is organised by Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/ Fiocruz and the University of York as part of the British Academy-funded collaborative project Public health policies and practice in the Caribbean and Latin America: a historical perspective. This three-day symposium focuses on malaria, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, dengue, yellow fever and other diseases that affected the people from that region in the colonial and post-colonial period. In particular, it will pay attention to the clinical, laboratory and epidemiological studies of these diseases and the institutional methods adopted to tackle these diseases but will also raise important questions regarding the historicity and pertinence of the concept of tropical medicine.
Stay tuned for upcoming reports on the masterclass and workshop.
Henrice Altink is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the History Department. She has worked extensively on representations of Jamaican slave women and has recently completed a book on the construction of ideologies of womanhood in post-emancipation Jamaica. She is currently working on the methods by which a class/colour hierarchy was sustained in the British Caribbean from emancipation till independence.