Panel 1 – Decolonizing in Settler Colonial States

Panel 1: Decolonizing in Settler Colonial States

Kresge 200 – 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Decolonizing “global health” may seem like a pursuit that needs to focus on locales outside North America. But can we talk about decolonizing a field rooted in settler universities without talking about decolonization in the settler colonialism context? The two may not be parallel, and most pursuing the former are usually settlers themselves. Moreover, considering the dominance of state recognition in international relationships and systems of rights based on state citizenship, decolonization challenges us to think beyond justice-oriented frameworks towards sovereignty-oriented approaches to fighting for healthcare equity. Are there alternative modes of citizenship and belonging that can inform a politics of decolonizing global health interventions? This panel will explore intersections between decolonization struggles against settler colonialism in North America and internationally, and struggles against neocolonialism in global health.

Confirmed Speakers

Balraj Gill, PhD Candidate, Program in American Studies, Harvard University

Teresa Montoya, PhD Student, New York University

Joseph Patrick Gone, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School