Series Theme: Transformations of Care

Over the past decade the delivery of medical care has been transformed in many parts of the globe by the introduction of new technologies, such as rapid diagnostic tests for malaria and dengue, or the introduction of new forms of telemedicine which allow local providers in Delhi or Lusaka to consult distant medical experts by cell phone in diagnosing patients with angina symptoms. The provision of care has also been transformed by the expansion of humanitarian medical services, such as those provided by MSF or Partners in Health. In addition, the growing emphasis on market driven solutions to health care delivery, and the rise of evidence based medicine as an instrument for defining what constitutes appropriate health care, have reshaped the medical landscape. Each of these innovations promises to improve health care delivery. Yet each carries with it assumptions about the locus of expertise and the geography of medical knowledge, the role of the state in regulating health care delivery, definitions of what constitutes biomedical citizenship, and the social context of healing. This years Critical Global Health Seminar will explore these and related issues raised by changes in the location and nature of medical care.


Critical Global Health Series

Spring 2011
Transformations of Care

  • February 15
    9 - 10:30 AM

    Vinh-Kim Nguyen

    Associate Professor, Département de médecine sociale et préventive, École de Santé publique, Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal

    Experimental bio-societies: Reflections on efforts to stem Africa’s HIV epidemic

  • April 12
    9 - 10:30 AM

    Lindsey Reynolds

    PhD student, Dept. of Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Dept. of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

    Category and Kin in KwaZulu-Natal: "Care" between ethnography and global health

  • April 19
    9 - 10:30 AM

    Thomas Cousins

    PhD student, Dept. of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

    Substance and Life in Locality: Nutrition, Health and Healing in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

  • April 26
    9 - 10:30 AM

    César Abadía-Barrero

    Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá

    The Business of Healthcare: Biomedical citizenship as cost-containment, profit and morality in Colombia

  • May 2
    9 - 10:30 AM

    Duana Fullwiley

    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Dept. of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

    Title TBA

The Critical Global Health Seminar Series is an interdisciplinary forum that explores the complex set of political, economic, social, and ecological forces driving patterns of sickness and health and responses to them.


Dept. of the History of Medicine, 3rd Floor of the Welch Library, Room 303, 1900 East Monument Street

Participation in the seminar is by invitation or by e-mailing:

For further information see:


Each speaker will present a paper that is a work in progress. The papers will be circulated electronically to Seminar participants in advance of the session. Participants should commit to attending all or most of the talks and to reading the pre-circulated paper.

Sponsored by

Johns Hopkins University, Departments of Anthropology; Health, Behavior and Society; History; History of Medicine; and International Health