AJLM Symposium “Critical Race Theory and the Health Sciences”

January 20, 2017, Boston University School of Law

The American Journal of Law and Medicine (AJLM) invites scholars working within the fields of law, the social sciences, the humanities, and the health sciences to the AJLM Symposium titled “Critical Race Theory and the Health Sciences” taking place at the Boston University School of Law on Friday, January 20th. This Symposium will explore the embedded nature of race in the health sciences and identify opportunities to disrupt and rethink these arrangements in pursuit of racial justice and health equity. We will examine the interconnected histories of science, medicine, and law that lead to racial differences and disparities to be mistakenly understood and experienced as natural phenomena, obscuring their social, political, and economic determinants. We will also discuss the theoretical and empirical interventions that bring attention to the constructed nature of our racial imaginations in the health sciences. Additionally, the methodological challenges associated with developing intersectional approaches that do not obscure (and indeed support) the centrality of other identity standpoints—such as sex, gender, class, sexuality, and disability—when exploring race in health sciences research will be considered through the Symposium presentations and discussions.

Major Addresses:

  • Jay Kaufman, McGill University, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
  • Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Patricia Williams, Columbia University School of Law
  • Conference Panelists:
  • Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern School of Law
  • Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University, Department of African American Studies
  • Deborah Bolnick, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Anthropology
  • Chandra Ford, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Michele Goodwin, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Jonathan Kahn, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Amani Nuru-Jeter, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
  • Alexandra Stern, University of Michigan, Departments of History, Women’s Studies, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Please RSVP your attendance to Ajlmsymposium@gmail.com.

Please contact Professor Khiara Bridges (kmb73@bu.edu), Professor Terence Keel (tkeel@blackstudies.ucsb.edu), Professor Osagie Obasogie (obasogie@berkeley.edu) with questions about the Symposium.

Conference Website: http://www.bu.edu/law/2016/08/10/critical-race-theory-and-the-health-sciences/

Posted: November 28, 2016