University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

History of Science and Technology/Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science Colloquium

Friday, January 27th 2017
Speaker: Abigail Neely, Department of Geography - Dartmouth College
Subject:  “Entangled Agencies: Reimagining Social Medicine from Pholela”
Refreshments served at 3:25 p.m.

In this talk, I examine a world famous experiment in social medicine -- the Pholela Community Health Centre -- through the lives and health of the African residents of Pholela, South Africa, where it was implemented. In particular, I use residents' experiences with witchcraft to examine the limitations of the social medicine practiced there. Using a relational ontology, I argue that the Pholela Community Health Centre's social medicine was limited by the ways health care professionals understood the social and the biological factors that affect health.

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Advanced Study.

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