Helena Hansen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Psychiatry at New York University, will give a talk on the biologicization of addiction next Wednesday, April 11, at 3:30 pm. Helena Hansen earned an MD and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University, during which she completed fieldwork in Havana on Cuban AIDS policy, in urban Connecticut on harm reduction and needle... View Article
Coming up at DAHSM: the Bio-Mediatization Machine, Making ‘Swine Flu’, Preparing for the Next PandemicMarch 15, 2012 8:27 pm Comments Off on Coming up at DAHSM: the Bio-Mediatization Machine, Making ‘Swine Flu’, Preparing for the Next Pandemic
As part of the Culpeper Seminar Series at DAHSM, in April we will have as guest speakers Charles L. Briggs (Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley), Daniel C. Hallin (Department of Communication, UC San Diego), and Clara Mantini-Briggs (Departments of Anthropology and Demography, UC Berkeley), who will give a seminar titled ‘Bio-Mediatization Machine, Making ‘Swine Flu’, Preparing for the Next Pandemic’.... View Article
You are invited to join the Subjectivity and Culture Working Group next Tuesday, or later this Spring, as indicated in the program. Our meetings generally take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 5:30 to 7, in the Gifford Room of the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. They aim to be an informal and lively intellectual... View Article
Between a Fund and a Hard Place: Haitian Health Care Professionals and International Humanitarian Aid.February 28, 2012 3:42 am Comments Off on Between a Fund and a Hard Place: Haitian Health Care Professionals and International Humanitarian Aid.
Interviews with hospital and clinic employees reveal ambivalent attitudes toward international aid, as well as contradictory pressures related to professional development and emigration. These findings will be discussed in the context of the January 2010 earthquake and its impacts on the Haitian health care system. Dr Minn (B.A., Anthropology, Yale University, and M.A., Ph.D., McGill University), is a Postdoctoral research fellow at DAHSM. His research focuses on the social and moral dimensions of transnational health interventions.
The aim of the Perspectives in Medical Humanities series is to bring together the visions and analytic approaches from scholars across the ‘two cultures’ divide to demonstrate how multiple perspectives on biomedical issues enhance our overall understanding of social, cultural and humanistic meanings attached to health care. The series is made possible by a grant from the UC Office of the President, support from the Dean of Medicine at UCSF, and the Center for Humanities and Health Sciences at UCSF.
On Wednesday Dec 7th, Michael Andersen, PhD Candidate, Center for Healthy Ageing, University of Copenhagen, and UCSF DAHSM Visiting Scholar, is giving a seminar on his PhD topic: “Strokes and return to everyday life”. Micheal is adopting an existential perspective to frame his research on post-stroke fatigued patients who are struggling to reconstruct an ‘every-day’ life after the one they... View Article
The award was given for Dr. Barker's article "Stigmatized Biologies: Examining the Cumulative Effects of Oral Health Disparities for Mexican American Farmworker Children", and was announced at the SMA public meeting on Friday, November 19, in Montreal. The article by Barker and Horton examines the way that the early childhood caries (ECC) of Mexican American farmworker children in the United States sets them up for lasting dental problems and social stigma as young adults.
You are invited to the book party to celebrate campus authors who published with the new UC Medical Humanities Book Series in 2011. The book “Health Citizenship: Essays in Social Medicine and Biomedical Politics” by Dorothy Porter delves into the tangled strands of social forces that have linked theory and practice in social medicine and examines their impact on changing... View Article