Health, Governance and the Global: Cultural Histories and Contemporary Practices

A one-day international workshop held at University of Warwick

under the joint auspices of

GARNET/Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation


Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick

March 9, 2007


Increasingly, the ‘global’ has become an ever-more regularly invoked term—both in popular anxieties about health (such as SARS or Avian ‘flu) as well as in the world of public policy.

What has been less clear, however, is what exactly the object of governance is in the ‘global governance of health’. Is it a set of regulations? Is it bodily practices (including, for example, migration) of individuals or groups? Or, is it the bio-health phenomena themselves (such as pathogens, vectors or therapeutics)? Finally, what is the relationship in the global governance of health between the governance of commerce, on the one hand, and the governance of infection, on the other?

This one-day workshop seeks to begin to map out the practical and epistemological terrain produced by the global governance of health—both as a set of contemporary practices (as in the trade in stem cells, or the international monitoring of Avian ‘flu), as well as their historical antecedents.

Electronic submissions of abstract proposals for papers on related topics are sought from across the disciplinary spectrum, but are most welcome from scholars seeking to understand the interface between the present and its history.

Abstract proposals should include a title, 200 word abstract, as well as the name and affiliation of the speaker. Proposals should reach the e-mail address printed below by 15 January 2007.

Participants will be notified by February 1, 2007.

Dr Sarah Hodges

History Department

University of Warwick

[email protected]