“Decolonization of Global Health” Seminar Series

Part of the Georgetown University Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program

This series is co-led by Dr. Claire Standley and Dr. Emily Mendenhall. For more information, please contact Dr. Claire Standley (email: Claire.standley@georgetown.edu; Twitter @ClaireJStandley)

Seminar: “Decolonizing the Mind: systemic change in psychiatry and the academy.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 2pm US Eastern Time

Dr. Anouska Bhattacharyya
YW Boston, Director of InclusionBoston.

Speaker Bio: Anouska is deeply invested in issues of race, gender and equity in higher education and healthcare. Anouska was the director of Harvard’s international program, managing incoming students’ immigration status, funding and curriculum development against a backdrop of increasing state violence and xenophobia. She assisted in the overhaul of the university’s core curriculum, and organized faculty protests at the decision to end DACA in 2017. She brings over a decade of expertise in higher education to YW.

Prior to YW Boston, Anouska was heavily involved in the University of Pennsylvania’s MSTP: a program designed to diversify the physician-scientist community in Philadelphia and beyond. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard, Northeastern and MIT. Anouska received her Ph.D. in history of science from Harvard University in 2013 as a result of her research examining the genealogy of mental health in the British Empire, specifically what it means to be simultaneously colonized by the state and by medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, and an M.Phil. in history of science, medicine and technology, both from Cambridge University, UK.

Seminar: “Beyond tokenism: How do we stop global health institutions from perpetuating global health inequities?”

Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 2pm US Eastern time

Dr. Ngozi Erondu
Chief Executive, Project Zambezi
Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Speaker Bio: Ngozi Erondu PhD, MPH is trained as an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and health system policy and global health governance. She also runs the social enterprise the public-private partnership, Project Zambezi, a novel tech-enabled logistics approach to improve access to essential medicines throughout sub-Sahara Africa. She is also an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House.  Dr Erondu was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she taught disease outbreak response and epidemiology and was a Senior Public Health Advisor at Public Health England. She often provides technical support to the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organisation, the Nigeria CDC, the US CDC, and other governments across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Her support is aimed at strengthening institutional capacity to control infectious diseases such as Covid19, Ebola, meningitis, malaria, and poliomyelitis. She is a Trustee at two UK Charities: Imperial Health Charity and Castlepines Medical Foundation and is a Fellow with the Aspen Institute and the John Hopkins University Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Programme.

Seminar: “On the tyrannies of ‘local’ health

Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 12:15pm US Eastern time

Dr. Devaki Nambiar
Program Head, Health Systems and Equity
The George Institute for Global Health

Taking its cue from Professor Pai’s magisterial tour of the contradictions of ‘the decolonization of global health,’ as well as Kothari and Cooke’s seminal work (Participation; the New Tyranny?, 2001), this lecture presents reflections on being (labeled as) someone who lives and works ‘locally,’ in a Low and Middle Income country. I present four tyrannies – of language, concepts, partnership, and representation – to reflect on how global contradictions are reified at local levels in the global South, creating ever more vexatious hypocrisies. I end with some thoughts on how we may reconcile or live with the hypocrisies inherent in public health research and practice today.  

Seminar: “Global Health, Development, and Colonialism: Intersections Between Capacity, Health Systems, And Research”

Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2:00pm US Eastern time

Dr. Lucy Gilson, PhD, MA
Professor, Health Policy and Systems
University of Cape Town & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dr. Mosa Moshabela
Associate Professor & Dean, School of Nursing and Public Health University of KwaZulu-Natal
Adjunct Faculty, Africa Health Research Institute

Seminar: “The Colonial Legacy: Re-thinking Health Equity in the Global South”

Monday, September 7, 2020 at 2:00pm US Eastern time

Dr. Maria Amelia Viteri, PhD, MA
Research Professor, Universidad de San Francisco de Quito
Research Associate, University of Maryland, College Park

This talk builds from two examples, in order to illustrate how Ecuador continues to suffer from negative health and well-being outcomes due to the inheritance of colonial practices.  When we look at the Galapagos Islands’ political ecology of violence, or at the intersections of immigrant status, sexual identity, and the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTI Venezuelan refugees and immigrants in Ecuador, the ongoing influence of colonial legacies and practices is appalling.  Colonization brought and enforced a binary worldview towards gender and sexuality, as well as race and ethnicity.  This talk will discuss the urgent need to undo colonial cultural practices and imaginaries that have not only pervasively remained, but that have become institutionalized. This colonial legacy continues to shape women, indigenous, and
LGBTQ+ communities’ health with lasting and negative impacts.

Seminar: “Global Health Research Needs A Makeover”

Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 2:00pm US Eastern time

Prof Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, FCAHS
Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health, McGill University
Director, McGill International TB Centre

This talk will summarize data that show that global health, even in the post-colonial world, is neither global nor diverse. In fact, every aspect of global health is dominated by individuals, institutions and funders in HICs. Addressing this is critical for making global health more equitable, diverse, and impactful.

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