Reviewer needed: ‘Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives’ edited by Ruth J. Prince and Rebecca Marsland

We are thrilled to offer ‘Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa’, an edited volume by Ruth J. Prince and Rebecca Marsland (Ohio University Press, 2014) for review. This fascinating book features as part of the Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series. Expressions of interest from all areas of the medical humanities are welcome, particularly Read more…

Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

In this post, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn look at the role of  psychological coercion, notably through the imposition of positive affect,  in UK Government workfare programmes. There has been little or no debate about the recruitment of psychology/psychologists into monitoring,  modifying and/or punishing  people who claim social security benefits. This Read more…

Ted Schrecker ‘A tale of two controversies: Standards of proof in health policy’ (Seminar, Durham University, 29 Jan 2014)

A tale of two controversies: Standards of proof in health policy Professor Ted Schrecker 29th January 2014, 4-5pm Pennington Room, Grey College This Durham CELLS seminar will be given by Ted Schrecker who is Professor of Global Health Policy, Durham University. Professor Schrecker is also an adjunct professor of Epidemiology and Read more…

New cartographies of health in a globalizing world – Ted Schrecker (Seminar, Durham University, 29 Nov 2013)

New cartographies of health in a globalizing world Prof. Ted Schrecker Anthropology Seminar Room, Dawson Building, Durham University Thursday 28 November – 13.00 – 15.00 All Welcome Anthropologists have been distinctively effective in tracing linkages between the macro-scale economic processes conveniently described as globalisation and local destruction of opportunities to Read more…

International Health and the Limits of its Global Influences: Bhutan and the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme – Sanjoy Bhattacharya (Seminar, 21 November 2013, Durham University)

International Health and the Limits of its Global Influences: Bhutan and the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya Thursday 21 November 2013 Birley Room, Hatfield College, 5-7pm Histories of the global smallpox eradication programme have tended to concentrate on the larger national formations in Africa and Asia. This focus Read more…

Beyond ‘Them’ and ‘Us’? Enacting social science within the public health research agenda on chronic illness (Symposium, Cambridge, 18 September 2012)

Keynote Speakers: Professor David Armstrong, King’s College London; Professor Rose Barbour, Open University For social scientists employed in public health settings, the activities, institutions and practices marked by the term ‘public health research’ may be approached conceptually in at least three different ways: (a) as a ‘field of work’ within Read more…

The Mutual Challenges of Public Health and the Neurosciences (European Neuroscience & Society Network Conference, April 25-27, London)

Registration is now open for the final conference of the European Neuroscience & Society Network in London April 25-27th: ‘The Mutual Challenges of Public Health and the Neurosciences’. Details about the conference, including an updated programme, can be found here. Registration is free but must be completed by April 20. Read more…