CGHH Director Keynote at Brazilian Society of History of Science & Technology

Posted on 8 October 2014

Professor Bhattacharya interrogates categories and transitions in the historiography of medicine

The Centre for Global Health Histories' Director, Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, will deliver the keynote presentation in the thematic symposium “Science, Medicine and Technology in the transnational scientific relations" at the 14th Meeting of the Brazilian Society of History of Science and Technology. The meeting will be held at the University of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, between 8th to 11th of October 2014, and is one of the most important national event in the area, bringing together researchers of diverse countries and specialities. 

Professor Bhattacharya will present a call for greater complexity and analysis in a talk titled 'From Tropical Medicine, to 'Trans-National, International and Global' Health?: Interrogating categories and transitions in the historiography of medicine'. Using the case studies of the worldwide disease eradication programmes, and the WHO and UNICEF sponsored ‘global’ campaigns for primary healthcare, Professor Bhattacharya will propose the uses of alternative, more democratic, and socially and politically informed approaches to studying the history of international health and the many influences that shape policy implementation. 

In 2012 Professor Bhattacharya was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award to conduct a major five year research project into ‘The Local Bases of Global Health: Primary Health Care in South Asia and Beyond, 1945-2010’. To find out more about Professor Bhattahcarya's research visit the 'Local Bases' project webpage