Global Health by Academia

September 21-22, 2013, RWTH Aachen University

The present Global Health movement is characterized by the important role played by universities and academic researchers. However, both the scale and the form of their contributions to the concept of global health have been the result of a gradual and often unpredictable process. Between the late 1940s and the 1980s there was only limited academic involvement in (bi- and multilateral) development cooperation and humanitarian aid on health. Existing interest in international health was marked by the ambiguities of late colonialism and decolonization as universities of the colonial powers intensified their ties to institutions of higher education and research in their (former) territories while universities of European and North-American countries without recent colonial territories sought to establish such links.

This conference aims at discussing the involvement of Northern universities and academic research in the broad range of international activities for improving health in Southern countries during the late colonial and the post-colonial period.

The subject is meant to be broadly defined, including the entire spectrum of scientific institutions (universities, research institutes, laboratories, research departments in political, commercial or civil society agencies etc.) as well as individual scientists and scholars who may have moved within different sectors. The main aim is to explore the dynamics of the interaction between science, research and academia at large with the practice of health-related development aid and national as well as international health programs and policies. The differences between practices and experiences in different settings, both in national or institutional contexts, may be explored as well as their possible mutual interaction and entanglement.



Posted: September 12, 2013