The New York Academy of Medicine's Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health, with support from the New York Council for the Humanities, is pleased to announce the next talk in our 2009-2010 public lecture series:
"Global Health and the Politics of Cooptation"
Anne-Emanuelle Birn, ScD, University of Toronto
Thursday, February 10, 6:00 PM, with light reception at 5:30 PM
Professor Birn’s talk wraps up a three-part series “Global Health: Historical Perspectives,” convened to complement the 9th International Conference on Urban Health that was held at the New York Academy of Medicine in October. The lectures examine the historical dimension of global health in the 20th and early 21st centuries.
In the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, a crescendo of libration and civil rights struggles were forming an organized critique of imperialist development aid. Globally, the Bandung movement of newly liberated nations challenged the neocolonial approach to development and spurred the creation of the G-77, a large group of UN members advocating for fair terms of trade, the end of exploitation, and aid bsed on the collective well-being of developing countries. Meanwhile across the world, the concept of community participation in decision making was renewed, with activists struggling for bona fide citizen involvement in quotidian and long-term policies affecting their communities and livelihoods. Public health was central to these efforts. By the 1970s, however, critical challenges to mainstream health and development began to be coopted by powerful development institutions, donors, and brokers seeking to change the rules of the game. Participation, for example, was downshifted — reinterpreted to mean mere presence at the table rather an political power in decision making.
Birn's presentation traces the history of cooptation in the context of international health, covering the fates of such progressive ideas as decentralization, gender empowerment, and community participation, and the mixed prospects of "mainstreaming" these approaches. Special attention is paid to the 1978 Alma-Ata primary health care declaration, which called for a new interantional economic order and integrated socio-political-public health approach to social justice and human well-being. Her talk concludes with some thoughts about how public health activists and academics can preempt cooptation in the context of political struggle.
Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor and Canada Research Chair in International Health at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the history of public health in Latin America, international health policy and politics, women and international health, and infant mortality. She is the author of Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico, (2006) and the co-author of Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World, 3rd edition (2009).
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This series received funding from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this lecture series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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