CFP AAG 2014 Global health: Knowledge, Politics, Spaces

CFP Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 8-12 2014

Global health: Knowledge, Politics, Spaces

Session convenors: 

Clare Herrick (Geography, King’s College London) 

David Reubi (Geography, Queen Mary University of London)

Tim Brown (Geography, Queen Mary University of London)

This session aims to explore the complex networks and assemblages of expertise, socialities and ethics associated with global health. As the notion of global health becomes ever more ubiquitous (Brown, Cueto and Fee 2006); it is unsurprising that its meanings, purpose and application are not just contested, but also perpetually evolving. This is reinforced by the inherently interdisciplinary nature of global health, which is characterised by a range of actors operating at a multiplicity of scales: WHO 
epidemiologists surveying the global burden of disease; development specialists exploring the relationships between poverty and disease; physicians working on neglected tropical diseases with funding from the Gates Foundation; economists concerned with the cost effectiveness of health interventions; and human rights lawyers fighting for universal access to medications. Global health is also an innately political field characterised by moral dilemmas, power imbalances and social inequalities. These include: the ethics of outsourcing clinical trials in the Global South; the 
humanitarian efforts of organisations such as Médecins sans Frontières; the relationships between intellectual property regimes and pharmaceutical innovation; the politics of global health funding in times of austerity; and corporate influences on health policy. Building on these ideas, this session seeks to bring together geographers and other social scientists in an open forum to explore new theoretical and applied lines of research on the promise and possibility of global health and the systems and contexts that drive poor health.

Some indicative areas of interest include (but are in no way limited to): 
  • Health and post-2015 development agendas
  • Human rights and the judicialisation of global health
  • Global health policy, biopolitics and governance 
  • Global health, social justice and ethics
  • Political ecologies of global health
  • Global health and postcolonialism
  • Global health and private-public entanglements
  • Socio-ecological approaches to global health
  • The political economy of pharmaceuticals 
  • Philanthrocapitalism and global health 
  • Neoliberalism and the economisation of global health
  • Chronic diseases and lifestyle 
  • Urban health 
  • Securitisation and global health
  • Globalisation and risk
  • Ethnographic approaches to global-local health
  • Global health surveillance and technology

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to or by October 1st.  Early bird registration for the AAG ends on October 23rd. 
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