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BSMS Social Science Forum: Putting Anthropology into Global Health

BSMS Social Science Forum: Putting Anthropology into Global Health

Putting Anthropology into Global Health: A Century of Anti–Human African Trypanosomiasis Campaigns in Angola

Speaker: Jorge Varanda, Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Thursday 24 June 2021, 12-2pm.

We are delighted to announce a brand new series, BSMS Social Science Forum, for 2021! All are welcome, no background in social science required.

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About this event

Jorge Varanda will talk about his historical and ethnographic research in Angola, which informed a paper co-authored with Josenando Théophile (then Director of the Angolan Institute for the Combat and Control of Trypanosomiasis).

Paper abstract

This analysis of over a century of public health campaigns against human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) in Angola aims to unravel the role of (utopian) dreams in global health. Attention to the emergence and use of concepts such as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and ideas about elimination or eradication highlights how these concepts and utopian dreams are instrumental for the advancement of particular agendas in an ever-shifting field of global health. The article shows how specific representations of the elimination and eradication of diseases, framed over a century ago, continue to push Western views and politics of care onto others. This analysis generates insight into how global health and its politics of power functioned in Angola during colonialism and post-independence.

Resources

Open access article >

Jorge Varanda bio >

All are welcome, no background in social science required. Details and Zoom links are below. Please feel free to circulate and contact Gem on g.aellah@bsms.ac.uk with any queries.

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