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Future hospitals imaginaries 
Fanny Chabrol (IRD Université Paris Cité)
Divine Fuh (HUMA-Humanities in Africa Institute)
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Philosophikum, S75
Thursday 1 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

This panel concerns ‘Future Hospitals’ in Africa and invites contributions from a wide range of disciplines that aim to reimagine and critically reflect upon or contest existing scenarios regarding the future of healthcare and hospitals on the African continent.

Long Abstract:

The future of health in/of Africa has long been the subject of concern, particularly in relation to infectious disease (re)emergence, the lack of material, human resources, debilitated hospital infrastructure, and the dehumanisation of healthcare provision. Consequently, the continent is a magnet for investments and speculations on smart health, digital apps, and technological devices. Building huge infrastructures also persists despite the uncertainty for their maintenance during an era of energy crises. So, how are hospitals transformed or bypassed at the interplay of medical capitalism, artificial intelligence, digitalisation, automation, blockchain and potentially Web? What conceptualises a ‘smart hospital’? Do we need more hospitals or none at all? How could we imagine more human(e) hospitals?

This panel is conveyed by Huma, the Institute for Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town. We are committed to propose new tools to think and imagine the #FutureHospitals in Africa and beyond its borders, in particular, the way AI seeks to transform and is currently transforming health care and hospitals today and in the future. As we conceptualise it, the hospital is a space open to encounters and participatory research approaches bringing new tools to imagine, create and challenge existing frames. We invite contributions from a wide range of disciplines - anthropology, sociology, philosophy, political science, literature/fiction, art and theatre or other activist and research practices that reimagine or contest existing scenarios. The future is a methodological tool and a prism for analysis on future forms of care, ethics, and the possibility of being human.

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Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -