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

  • Date and time: Wednesday 26 October 2016, 5.15pm
  • Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building
  • Admission: is free of charge and open to all. No booking required.

Event details

Centre for Global Health Histories Lecture

This lecture investigates the visual politics of the World Health Organisation from its inception to the early 1970s. David and Rodogno focus on the reasons why specific narratives where adopted by the institutions and how that UN agency decided to use photography (and photographers) to communicate. They will explore the reasons that led the WHO to give a great deal of importance to outlets such as the WHO-Newsletter, later re-christened World Health, being aware that the communication strategy of this international organisation was broader and relatively sophisticated. In conclusion, our speakers will reflect on some recent communication initiatives of the WHO, which encompass the use of "new" "social" media such as YouTube.

Professor Thomas David (Lausanne) and Professor Davide Rodogno (The Graduate Institute Geneva)