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Health, Governance and the Global: Cultural Histories and Contemporary Practices

Specialist workshop
9 March 2007
Organiser: Dr Sarah Hodges

Increasingly, the ‘global’ has become an ever-more regularly invoked term—both in popular anxieties about health (such as SARS or Avian ‘flu) as well as in the world of public policy. What has been less clear, however, is what exactly the object of governance is in the ‘global governance of health’. Is it a set of regulations? Is it bodily practices of individuals or groups? Or, is it the bio-health phenomena themselves? Finally, what is the relationship in the global governance of health between the governance of commerce, on the one hand, and the governance of infection, on the other?

This one-day interdisciplinary workshop seeks to begin to map out the practical and epistemological terrain produced by the global governance of health—both as a set of contemporary practices, as well as their historical antecedents.


Julie Kent (University of Western England) and Naomi Pfeffer (London Metropolitan University)
Regulation and governance of the collection and use of fetal stem cells in the UK
Discussant: Karen Throsby (Warwick)

Julie Kent (University of Western England) and Naomi Pfeffer (London Metropolitan University)
The debut of the fetal cadaver
Discussant: Claudia Stein (Warwick)

Sarah Hodges (Warwick)
Biotrash: The Global Traffic in Medical Garbage in a Post-Genomic Age
Discussant: V R Muraleedharan (Indian Institute of Technology-Madras)

Mohan Rao (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Roshomon’s Truth: NGOs and the Health Sector in India
Discussant: Sunil Amrith (Birkbeck)  

Sophie Harman (Manchester)
Contemporary Practice, Old Rules: Understanding the World Bank’s role in shaping the HIV/AIDS response through a Historical Institutionalist lens
Discussant: Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)


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