We are organising a conference at York University around the theme
"Colonialism and Public Health in the Tropics" to be held June the
18th and 19th, 1999. We invite interested individuals to submit a
brief proposal by the end of September, 1998 (please also send
along a c.v.)
We see this conference as contributing to the growing scholarly
debate on the comparative history of colonialism and public health,
one of the `tools of empire.' We hope to explore the cultural and
ideological dimensions of public health in Britain's tropical empire.
We hope the conference will allow us to examine the variation in
public health systems within the empire as well addressing such
unifying themes as the significance of metropolitan concepts of race
and the role of the metropole as the disseminator of policies and
practitioners throughout the empire. Perhaps most importantly, we see
this conference as providing an opportunity to discuss the role of
colonised populations in constructing health care systems that
reflected their own world views and resisted metropolitan-derived
ideas of racial inferiority.
We encourage paper proposals addressing the following themes:
1. Indigenous Healing Systems and European Health Care.
2. Colonial Mental Health and the Construction of Race.
3. Public Health, Sanitation, and Urban Spaces.
4. Gender and Colonial Health Care Policy.
5. Public Health in the Age of Empire.
We are applying for conference funding from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council as well as from York University. When we
receive confirmation of our funding, we hope to be in a position to
offer assistance with lodging and related expenses. However, at this
stage we cannot promise financial aid.
We look forward to your participation. An early response will be
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