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Challenging global health through a socio-anthropological lens [Medical Anthropology Europe (MAE)] 
Cristina Enguita-Fernandez (Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal))
Yara Alonso (University of Agder)
Olga Cambaco (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute)
Neusa Torres (University of Wits)
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Tuesday 23 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The pandemic revealed the inequities that structure the global health apparatus. This panel proposes a space for reflecting on the contributions of anthropology to the field of global health, as a discipline sensitive to nuanced understandings of health and key to critically assess health inequities

Long Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought age-old global health issues to the forefront of public debates, revealing the stark inequities that structure the global health apparatus. From an anthropological perspective, the field of global health is an area of research that links health to assemblages of complex and contingent global processes, contributing to analyses of health inequities and the social determinants of health. Hence, the pandemic has constituted an unprecedented opportunity for anthropological insights to (re)shape debates and practices around emerging topics and these classic (but unresolved) issues.

Building on concepts critical to understanding health and well-being (i.e. stigma, ethnicity, medicalisation) and driven by concerns over ‘glocal’ processes, sociocultural anthropology is uniquely positioned to advance progress in global health equity. Moreover, through key and well-known disciplinary approaches for methodological self-examination (i.e. positionality, reflexivity), anthropological practice is compelled to critically rethink global health scholarly inquiry. In the aftermath of a global pandemic, anthropological work in and of global health has never been more urgent.

We invite papers on the following broad themes:

● (Mis)alignments between health priorities of local populations and those of the global health agenda

● How global inequities in access to, and distribution of, medicines/treatments/vaccines unfold in local contexts

● Critical analysis of emerging key concepts in global health discourse (eg. global health security, vaccine hesitancy)

● Case studies exploring the role of local communities in addressing public health problems,

● Interdisciplinarity, methodological and ethical aspects of socio-anthropological research in, and of, global health

Keywords: Anthropology, Global health, inequities

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Session 1 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Tuesday 23 July, 2024, -