Drinking from the same well - the value of anthropology in the study of public health 
Kristin McBain-Rigg (James Cook University)
Maxine Whittaker (James Cook University)
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Slatyer room (N2011), R.N Robertson Building
Monday 2 December, 15:30-17:15 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

This panel addresses the interdisciplinary practices of anthropology and public health, and the creation of new ways of thinking about health and wellbeing in the form of a One Health approach (transdisciplinary exploration of the human, animal, ecosystem interface).

Long Abstract:

The challenges of cross-disciplinary work has been a focus through the years in establishing the relative value of fields like anthropology and what it can do to enhance other fields, including biomedical studies and western notions of public health. However, there is a concomitant challenge being offered up - that of the integration of such disciplines to the creation of new value spaces - into disciplines such as One Health, where the boundaries between the old and the new are constantly blurred, to create a vision that appears holistic, seamless and eternally valuable. In new and emerging health spaces, where immanence, urgency and omnipotence rule, we require a seamless set of values to create spaces of innovation and solution - in the face of some of the world's biggest health crises, where the interface of ecosystem, human and animal health are paramount to guiding our ways of knowing, anthropology becomes public health's greatest ally - again. This panel is a space to explore the ways in which anthropology has asserted its value in the public health space, merging with public health moralities and veterinary, ecological and biological sciences to create a new, meaningful space for the exploration of health and wellbeing. And, in the creation of this space, where are the important points of challenge? Where must we continue to question our values for the improvement of health - human, animal and biome? How do we demonstrate the value of anthropology in meeting these grand challenges in planetary health?

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