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Global Health Histories (HEC-RS-GLOHEA-22)


Department HEC
Course category HEC Research Seminar
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2022-2023
Credits 1 (EUI History seminars)
Contact Parrini, Alba
  Course materials

12/01/2023 9:00-11:00 @ Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati

19/01/2023 9:00-11:00 @ Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati

26/01/2023 9:00-11:00 @ Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati

02/02/2023 9:00-11:00 @ Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati

09/02/2023 9:00-11:00 @ Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati

16/02/2023 9:00-11:00 @ Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati

23/02/2023 9:00-11:00 @ Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati

01/03/2023 9:00-11:30 @ Visit to San Salvi

01/03/2023 11:00-13:00 @ Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati


This course explores key themes in the history of global health in the modern and contemporary period. It understands health in the broadest possible sense of the word, as a state of well-being that is not merely the absence of disease. It studies the social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural factors that have influenced the development of global health and it explores the roots of health disparities. By focusing on ideologies, institutions and practices, the course assesses both the achievements and the limitations of the global health movement. It points to the connections that transcended the boundaries of individual countries and also to the efforts to protect national borders during epidemics. It also examines how health has played an integral role in the rise of nation-states, imperialism, colonialism and international collaboration.

By exploring the relationship between health and citizenship, the course asks how health and welfare policies have defined the contours of inclusion and exclusion and how science and medicine have been instrumentalized to the detriment of groups of people defined by their gender, class, race, or ethnicity. Special attention will be paid to the hitherto neglected topic of mental health. Moreover, whenever possible, the course seeks to complement top-down approaches with grassroots perspectives by studying how patients, healers, communities and health activists have experienced, supported and resisted international medical interventions.


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