***THIS CONFERENCE IS OPEN TO ANYONE INTERESTED***
Decolonizing Global Health 2019 is a student-organized conference taking place on February 8th, 2019. The conference emerged out of frustrations with how "global health” is usually taught in depoliticized, un-critical and ahistorical ways, and a desire to bring together students interested in international health who are at odds with the institutional frameworks they find themselves in.
We want to ask reflexive and difficult questions. What does it mean to engage in this field without acknowledging and tackling the history of colonial plunder? What does it mean to not acknowledge the role of global capitalism in generating the unequal conditions that manifest as health and disease? How can we as practitioners of ‘global health’ - a debatable term that either needs redefining or abandonment - learn, know, teach and do based on the kind of society we want to see, not the one that we currently have?
The mission of our conference is to convene students, practitioners, researchers, and community members to engage with the impact of colonialism and neo-colonialism on the manifestation of health in bodies and communities, working towards a vision of global health that is anti-colonial and non-exploitative in nature.
*** More details here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/decolonization-of-public-health-so/ ***
*** Live streaming information will be posted closer to the date ***
This conference would not be possible without the help of our supporters and sponsors who have provided both financial and in-kind assistance.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office of Student Affairs
Takemi Program in International Health
Harvard University Employees Credit Union
Harvard Graduate School of Education Office of Student Affairs
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Harvard University Center for African Studies
Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine