CFP: Tropical Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean – a historical perspective

July 1-4, 2015, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz / Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Call for papers

The workshop is organized by Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/ Fiocruz and the University of York as part of the British Academy-funded collaborative project Public health policies and practice in the Caribbean and Latin America: a historical perspective.

Part of a series of international workshops that explore the knowledge and practices related to the history of tropical health and medicine in Latin America and the Caribbean from the 18th century to the present, this three-day symposium focuses on malaria, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, dengue, yellow fever and other diseases that affected the people from that region in the colonial and post-colonial period. In particular, it will pay attention to the clinical, laboratory and epidemiological studies of these diseases and the institutional methods adopted to tackle these diseases but will also raise important questions regarding the historicity and pertinence of the concept of tropical medicine.

We welcome proposals for papers from established scholars, early career researchers and postgraduate students on any part of the Caribbean and Latin America that address one or more of the above-mentioned diseases and engage with one or more of the following themes and issues:

– The production of scientific knowledge

– Exchanges of knowledge and practice between colonies and metropole

– Interactions among different social actors (e.g. doctors and patients, doctors and government officials, and national governments and NGOs)

– Scientific and sanitary networks- the role of national, regional and international health organizations.

Abstracts of 300 words maximum and presentations are accepted in Portuguese, English and Spanish. All proposals and a one-page CV must be submitted electronically to the e-mail

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Deadline: February 27, 2015

Posted: November 21, 2014