Knowledge, power and health in South Asia: historical tensions and emerging issues 
Cristiana Bastos (Universidade de Lisboa)
Salla Sariola (University of Helsinki)
Sanjoy Bhattacharya (University of York)
Start time:
27 July, 2012 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

Public health interventions, past and present, and most of all current clinical trials, will be subject to critical analysis focusing on the experience of the social actors and on the nature of the facilities, skills, practices, rhetoric and knowledge involved on the interventions

Long Abstract

Social, anthropological and historical studies about health in South Asia developed into vast bodies of scholarship on imperial science, colonial knowledge, tropical medicine, dependency, development, inequities, systems of knowledge, hybridism and other innovative concepts, but much remains to be known about the actual local experience of large-scale interventions, whether under colonial or independent administrations. This panel will host papers that approach ethnographically, historically and politically the social actors, objects, facilities, rhetoric, representations and practices involved in the implementation of public health programs and clinical trials in South Asia.

Accepted papers: