Séances de séminaires terminées
Mercredi 3 novembre 2021, 18 h 30-20 h : Cal Biruk (McMaster University), « What is colonial about global health (and anthropology) ? : On entailments, complicities, and analogies »
Date : Wednesday 3 November 2021
Time : 6.30PM - 8PM CET Winter time
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« Amid proliferating calls to decolonize global health, I ask : What exactly is colonial about global health ? The answer to this question is not as straightforward as prescriptive solutions (such as forging equitable North/South partnerships, localizing funding decisions, and putting local people in the driving seat) envision ; such agendas risk reproducing, rather than challenging, global health’s status quo by providing an alibi akin to “we need to do better.” The coloniality in global health may be better theorized as invisible, less obvious, and non-explicit, a milieu so naturalized it cannot be seen or felt. Drawing on long term work with a Malawian-led NGO that is the primary implementing partner for countless Northern projects targeting ‘key populations’ amid the so-called ‘end of AIDS’ in Malawi, I excavate the unspoken racialized relations, codes, and suspicions that are constitutive of, rather than unfortunate side effects of, global health infrastructures and lexicons. I’ll present a few ethnographic vignettes to consider what happens when capture-recapture, a method devised for estimating wildlife population sizes using technologies like bird banding, is repurposed for use with ‘elusive’ human ‘key populations’ in Africa. Uncomfortable analogies that inhere in counting Africans as if they were animals prompt analysis of how ‘(key) population’—a commonplace knowledge object in global health worlds—is constituted by racialized suspicion, exploitative labour relations, transspecies carcerality, and technologies of enclosure. I invite us to consider, as well, how anthropologists in/of global health themselves become entangled in colonial entailments and complicities. »
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