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Health, dignity, politics for rights: escaping the neoliberal spiral of destruction (IUAES Commission on Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology)

Convenors:
Sanja Špoljar Vržina (Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar)
Chair:
Sanja Špoljar Vržina
Discussant:
Pavao Rudan
Location:
University Place 6.211
Start time:
6 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Health, health systems and epidemiological factors make just another triangle in the successive visible consequences of the destructive neoliberal ideology that violates HR. The panel advocates towards a critical reading of HR's in matters of dignity, health and life.

Long abstract:

Today's 'talk' about any health issues is part of a wider web of neoliberal destructive processes of which all fall into the category of decades long discrimination of populations, downgrading their right to life and violating human dignity. Poor health, poverty stricken health systems and screaming epidemiological factors make just one more triangle of the successive visible consequences of destruction that equals to the violation of Human Rights. Yet no correction is possible since every problem is tied to the double standard perceiving H R. The Panel participants are invited to contribute to a growing number of authors, that based on the biological and socio-contextual knowledge of different parts of the world (cultures, communities and societies) are willing to define the new horizons of populational, ecological and socio-political problems we are faced with concerning the neoliberal ideology and life detrimental (health) issues. The mission of the panel is directly tied to the prolegomena, set by Kalny (2009) and Baxi (2006) that urges towards a critical reading of H R's and the advocacy toward differentiating between politics for human rights and politics of human rights (later endorsing instrumentalization). Health and its non-sustainability is one of the most dramatic areas in which this differentiation, in view of the many anthropological approaches, is dramatically needed. The end results of the panel's work is envisioned to support the growing number of critical anthropologists, across all fields, in the demand for, nothing more, than dignity for the populations that we daily represent.