June 29th KCL Annual History of Medicine lecture with Professor Scott Podolsky “The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics”

When:  Thursday 29 June 2017, 5.30pm

Where: 8th floor Open Space, Department of History, King’s College London

We are delighted to announce the KCL Annual History of Medical Lecture with Professor Scott Podolsky, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, titled The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics’.


1355119318Today, as we increasingly turn our attention to antibiotic resistance and the possibility of a post-antibiotic era, it is important to consider the historical evolution of attempts to implement the “rational” use of antibiotics.  In this talk, Scott Podolsky examines seven decades of reformers who have attempted to change how antibiotics are developed, marketed and prescribed. Tensions between antibiotic development and conservation, and between education and regulation, continue to play out today in medical offices, hospitals, industry, agricultural enterprises, and the halls of government alike.

More information http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/eventrecords/2017-18/2017-Annual-Lecture-in-the-History-of-Medicine.aspx

 All are welcome and there is no need to register!

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Congratulations to Dr Hanna Kienzler and Dr Annette Rid for their promotions!

The Department of Global Health & Social Medicine is delighted to announce staff successes in this year’s academic promotions round.  Dr. Hanna Kienzler has been promoted to Senior Lecturer and Dr. Annette Rid to Reader.  The promotions are in recognition of Hanna’s and Annette’s considerable achievements in research, teaching and their overall commitment to the Department and to the wider academic community. The promotions are effective from the 1st of September 2017.  We wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to both Hanna and Annette on their very well-deserved promotions!

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June 13th next KCL-LSHTM Critical Global Health Seminar with Professor Peter Redfield “Aftermaths: Equipment for Living in a Broken World”

Please join us for our next KCL-LSHTM Critical Global Health Seminar with Professor Peter Redfield which will take place on Tuesday 13 June 2017, 4.30-6 pm in room K6.63, King’s Building, Strand Campus,  King’s College London. Peter Redfield, a Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give a presentation entitled Aftermaths: Equipment for Living in a Broken World that draws on his current research on humanitarian design and micro-scale devices.

Aftermaths: Equipment for Living in a Broken World. In this presentation, I will consider two forms of aftermath: the afterlives of theories and the aftereffects of modernist infrastructure and expertise. As such I am less interested in Foucault’s formulation of biopower proper, or the debates it has engendered, than in the larger field of norms, dreams and expectations now woven between life and politics. Foucault’s account famously focused on the emergence of the modern European state. Contemporary experience, however, includes concerns about life and health that exceed this political form, involving international agencies, nongovernmental organizations and private corporations. This global imaginary has inspired ingenious, designs for micro-scale devices like water filters, low-cost incubators, and alternative toilets, objects that offer little prospect of systemic response but suggest an alternative scale of social vision. Drawing inspiration from Steven Jackson’s call for “broken world thinking” in technology studies, my goal is to recognize the productive centrality of breakdown and repair, and also open questions about the scale of the future in the absence of a clear material vision for progressive utopia. Rather than assuming a unified or seamless apparatus for either health or security, we might then explore a more fragmented, heterogeneous world of dispersed threats and small fixes, moving across imaginative and material registers to reorient contests over the future.

Professor Peter Redfield. Trained as a cultural anthropologist sympathetic to history, he concentrates on circulations of science, technology and medicine in colonial and postcolonial contexts. The author of Life in Crisis: The Ethical Journey of Doctors Without Borders (University of California Press, 2013) and Space in the Tropics: From Convicts to Rockets in French Guiana (University of California Press, 2000), he is also co-editor of Forces of Compassion: Humanitarianism between Ethics and Politics (SAR Press, 2011).

KCL-LSHTM Critical Global Health Seminar Series. Jointly organised by King’s College London (KCL) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), this seminar series brings together critically-minded social scientists, public health experts and practitioners together to debate key areas of concern for global health today and reflect on how these should be approached and explored. The seminars are organised as a platform for social scientists working in the field to present and reflect on their current and planned research in discussion with the chair-discussant and the audience. More broadly, the aim of the series is to provide a forum to discuss emerging contradictions and frictions in global health research and policy as well as the challenges and opportunities these present to social scientific inquiry. Through open-ended and candid exchange on the experiences of working in the global health field, we seek to develop new avenues for critical thought in the social sciences and beyond.

Provisional Programme for the Autumn Term 2017:

  • Trade, Tobacco Farming and Tobacco Control in Sub-Saharan Africa, 11 October 2017, 12.30-2 pm, LSHTM | Speaker: Prof. Ronald Labonte (Ottawa) | Discussant: Dr David Reubi (KCL)
  • Global Mental Health, 7 November 2017, 4-5.30 pm, KCL | Speakers: Prof. Nick Manning (KCL) and Dr Olivier Bonnington (LSHTM) | Discussant: TBA

For further information, please contact one of the organisers: Dr Clare Chandler (clare.chandler@lshtm.ac.uk), Dr Ann Kelly (ann.kelly@kcl.ac.uk), Dr Melissa Parker (melissa.parker@lshtm.ac.uk), Dr Clare Herrick (clare.herrick@kcl.ac.uk), Dr John Manton (john.manton@lshtm.ac.uk) and Dr David Reubi (david.reubi@kcl.ac.uk).

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Seminar with Professor Rama Baru “Capital and Care: The Business of Medicine in India” June 7th 1 pm

We are delighted to invite you to our upcoming public GHSM lecture with Professor Rama Baru (Center of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), titled: “Capital and Care: The Business of Medicine in India”

rama baruWhen: Wednesday 7th June from 13:00-14:30

Where: King’s College London, Strand Campus, Anatomy Museum (King’s Building)
Dr Rama Baru is a professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  Her research focus is on health policy, international health, privatisation of health services and inequalities in health.  She is the  author of  Private Health Care in India:Social Characteristics and Trends and more recently has edited a volume on School Health Services in India: The Social and Economic Contexts, both published by Sage.  Her recent edited volume Medical Insurance Schemes for the Poor: Who Benefits? critically engages with the role of insurance for access to medical care. She has published extensively in journals and contributed to several edited volumes.  She was awarded the Balzan Fellowship by the University College London and the Indo-Shastri Canadian Fellowship.  Dr Baru is the regional editor for South Asia for Global Social Policy published by Sage.  She has served as a member of research committees for the Government of India, the Indian Council for Medical Research and the World Health Organisation.

For inquiries about this lecture please contact Dr Carlo Caduff at carlo.caduff@kcl.ac.uk

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June 7th Guy’s Campus: Professor McKevitt’s Inaugural Lecture “Ways of knowing in public health: epidemiology, ethnography and experiential”

When: June 7th, 2017, 17:30-18:30

Where: Harris Lecture Theatre, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus

Speaker: Professor Chris McKevitt, Division of Health and Social Care Research

Title: “Ways of knowing in public health: epidemiology, ethnography and experiential”

mckevitt140x180.jpgMore info: Inaugural lectures are an opportunity for Professors to introduce themselves and to present an overview of their own contribution to their field as well as highlight the latest developments in a discipline to an audience consisting of both members of the university and the wider general public.

To attend this lecture, please register online.

Abstract: How do we know what we know in public health research? This inaugural lecture considers some of the different ways in which disease, health and efforts to intervene to improve health have been investigated and represented in the public health research I’ve been involved in, including studies of stroke and stroke care, and studies of aspects of translational research. I first consider two diverse, traditional forms of expert-led knowledge production: epidemiology and ethnography.  By indentifying patterns of disease in populations, epidemiology can inform decisions about where and how to intervene to improve human health. Derived from social anthropology, ethnographic research privileges the subjective, contextual and sense making, and is increasingly being applied to understand how institutions and interventions work, and often do not work, with the goal of refining practice. I then review a newer approach to knowledge production: patient and public involvement in health research which is premised on the idea that lay people’s experiential knowledge constitutes a form of expertise that can be put to work to enhance knowing and doing for health. I will consider whether these different ways of knowing the world are contradictory, in competition, and irreconcilable; or whether they might all be considered partial perspectives, in search of integration.

About Professor McKevitt: Christopher McKevitt studied social anthropology and Italian at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, followed by a PhD in social anthropology at the London School of Economics & Political Science. His fieldwork was conducted in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, where he investigated competing notions of suffering and sanctity that animate the cult of the Catholic saint Padre Pio. His first post-doc research experience came in the form of HIV/AIDS health services research in the Department of Public Health at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. This was followed by a stint working in HIV/AIDS activism and community based service delivery in Milan in the early 1990s. Since then he has also conducted research on how doctors deal with their own illnesses, and on stroke. His stroke research is embedded in the South London Stroke Register and has focused on the experiences of stroke survivors and their family members, and the development and evaluation of novel methods of providing care after stroke. In 2005 he set up the King’s College London Stroke Research Patients and Family Group, which seeks to put into practice the idea that research subjects should be involved in how research is developed and conducted. This practical activity informs his other research interest in how, why, and with what consequences citizens are persuaded to be involved in health system development, health research and implementation of new ways of producing and managing health.

To attend this lecture, please register online.


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