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Social Science Forum

Social Science Forum

Health and illness are as much social as they are biomedical phenomena. Therefore, social science has a vital role to play in addressing global health challenges.

The Global Health and Infection Department at BSMS has created the Social Science in Global Health Forum (SSF) as a space for examining the role of social science in global health research and teaching. The forum aims to draw together academics and health practitioners across disciplines who are interested in addressing health and medicine from a social science perspective. It is a platform for developing and sharing ideas and forming collaborations for the most cutting edge and informative research in global health. We welcome everyone, regardless of disciplinary background, to participate in forum events.

The SSF is very grateful to the Research Event Grant Fund for providing support to enable us to include ethnographic film screenings.

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The Social Science Forum (SSF) and Stigma Working Group (SWG) will be commencing this year and will take turns to run every first Monday of the month from 12-1 pm UK time in the MRB meeting room and on Zoom. The schedule for the talks for the next year is as follows:

5 Dec 2022 – SWG
January break
6 Feb 2023 – SSF
6 March 2023 – SWG
3 April 2023 – SSF 
May break 
5 June 2023 – SWG
3 July 2023 – SSF
August break
4 Sept 2023 – SWG
2 Oct 2023 – SSF
6 Nov 2023 – SWG
4 Dec 2023 – SSF
January break
5 Feb 2024 – SWG
4 March 2024 – SSF
1 April 2024 – SWG
May break
3 June 2024 – SSF
1 July 2024 – SWG
August break
2 Sept 2024 – SSF
7 Oct 2024 – SWG
4 Nov 2024 – SSF
2 Dec 2024 – SWG

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Past events

Thursday 3rd March 2022

Engaging Social Science for the Neglected: The Experience of Chagas Disease Amoung Mexican Immigrants in California, Alba R. Valdez-Tah, Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores - Mérida, UNAM, México.

Thursday 29th July 2021

The Social Lives of Medicine, Professor S Sjaak Van der Geest, Emeritus Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam.

Thursday 24th June 2021

Putting Anthropology into Global Health: A Century of Anti–Human African Trypanosomiasis Campaigns in Angola, Dr Jorge Varanda, Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Thursday 27th May 2021

(Film screening with Director’s Q&A)

The Healer and the Psychiatrist (2019, 74 minutes, English/Tongan, with English subtitles) and Q&A with Director, anthropologist Dr Mike Poltorak.

Thursday 29th April

Women's Status, Gender Relations and Health in Post-Genocide Rwanda, Dr Josephine Mukabera, Director at the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Rwanda.

Thursday 25th March

Navigating 'Ethics in Practice': an Ethnographic Case Study with Young Women Living with HIV in Zambia, Dr Constance Mackworth-Young.

Thursday 25th February 2021

Neglected tropical diseases: reasons for 'neglect' in global health and how attention can be directed in the future, Dr Samantha Vanderslott, Oxford University.

Thursday 21st January 2021 at 12pm

(Film screening with Director’s Q&A)

TB in Town 2 film screening, followed by Q&A with Director and anthropologist Dr Liane Cremers.