Symposium 'Making medicine in austere times'

Symposium 'Making medicine in austere times'

Joint MAS-Globhealth Symposium, Bern, Switzerland, June 11-13, 2019

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Medical assemblages, scales, structure

Joint workshop Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin/Globhealth, Berlin, June 8th, 2018

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Genetic Medicine, Genomics and Global Health

Genetic Medicine, Genomics and Global Health

Globhealth Genetics segment workshop

December 12-14,  2017

Paris, France

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From international public health to global health

The GLOBHEALTH project aims at a socio-historical study of the transition between the two regimes of knowledge and action, which have characterized the government of health after World War II: the regime of international public health, dominating during the first decades of the postwar era, which was centered on eradication policies, nation-states and international UN organizations; the present regime of global health, which emerged in the 1980s and is centered on risk management and chronic diseases, market-driven regulations, and private-public alliances.

The project seeks to understand this transition in terms of globalization processes, looking at the making of knowledge, the production and commercialization of health goods, the implementation of public health programs, and routine medical work. It focuses on four fields of investigations: tuberculosis, mental health, traditional medicine and medical genetics in order to grasp how categories, standardized treatment regimens, industrial products, management tools or specific specialties have become elements in our present global government of health.

The project associates historical and anthropological investigations of practices in both international and local sites with strong interests in the changing roles of WHO and in the developments taking place in non-Western countries, India and East Africa in the first place.