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Lines of sight: visions of Senegalese public health

Thursday 27 April 2017, 6.00PM

Dr Branwyn Poleykett (University of Cambridge) will speak about visual ways of transmitting health knowledge in Senegal in a lecture organised by the Centre for Global Health Histories.

This lecture proposes a visual history of postcolonial health communication in Senegal. Public health experts used visual materials to experiment with cross-cultural pedagogic strategies, including cine-clubs, women’s television societies, and progressive participatory pedagogies for sanitary education. These experts sought to create images that could transmit basic knowledge about health and win consent for projects to promote hygiene and development. In the late 1980s the Dakar popular ecology movement Set Setal brought their own distinctive and didactic visual sensibility to projects of health communication. Drawing upon ethnographic work with artists working within the Set Setal tradition, the lecture will suggest that their communicative and creative practice has much to tell us about the interpretation and contestation of public health messages.

Dr Branwyn Poleykett is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free to attend and open to all.