“Latin American Social Medicine in Colombia: Surviving Neoliberalism, Confronted by Decolonialism"
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César E. Abadía-Barrero, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Human Rights, University of Connecticut.
Salmaan Keshavjee, Professor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai.
Michael MJ Fischer, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies, MIT.
This seminar is cosponsored by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
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César E. Abadía-Barrero, DMD. DMSc. is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. He is a medical anthropologist whose research has demonstrated how for-profit interests transform access, continuity, and quality of health care. He has conducted action-oriented ethnographic and mixed-method research on health care policies and programs, human rights judicialization and advocacy, and social movements in health in Brazil and Colombia. Currently, Dr. Abadía-Barrero is examining the environmental, cultural, economic, and political aspects of an intercultural proposal to replace environmental degradation with "buen vivir" (good living) in post-peace accord Colombia. In another project in the U.S., he is studying the role of capitalism in dysregulating children’s bodies and harming their health and development. He is the author of I Have AIDS but I am Happy: Children’s Subjectivities, AIDS, and Social Responses in Brazil (2011) and Health in Ruins: The Capitalist Destruction of Medical Care (Forthcoming).
Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD, ScM, is a professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai. He also serves as a physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He conducted doctoral research in medical anthropology at Harvard University on the health transition in post-Soviet Tajikistan. He has worked with the Division of Global Health Equity and the Boston-based non-profit, Partners In Health, on the implementation of a multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment program in Tomsk, Russia.
Michael M.J. Fischer, PhD, is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at MIT. Professor Fischer trained in geography and philosophy at Johns Hopkins, social anthropology and philosophy at the London School of Economics, anthropology at the University of Chicago. Before joining the MIT faculty, he served as Director of the Center for Cultural Studies at Rice. He conducts fieldwork in the Caribbean, Middle East, South and Southeast Asia on the anthropology of biosciences, media circuits, and emergent forms of life.