Opening Plenary – Histories of Global Health

Opening Plenary 

Throwback Global Health: Histories of Colonialism, Philanthrocapitalism and Resistance

Kresge G1 – 9:30 to 11:00 AM

Global Health is often seen as a new field that has emerged with economic and technical globalization in the past few decades. Yet “global health” is only the newest iteration of what was formerly “international health”, “tropical medicine” and “colonial medicine”. The historical roots of global health lie in European colonial endeavours and imperial interests, as well as resistance to these forces, anti-colonial struggles, and efforts to realize alternative visions like the New International Economic Order. Just as previous iterations reflected the unequal power relations and struggles of those times, global health reflects the relations of present. This panel will situate present global health in its historical context by highlighting its origins, enduring patterns of inequality, exploitation and resistance.

Confirmed Speakers:

Priya Lal, Associate Professor, Boston College

Ángel R. RodríguezPrize Fellow Ph.D Candidate in History of Science, Harvard University

Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Facilitator: Sudipta Saha, Master of Science Student, Global Health and Population, Harvard University.

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