Virchow Competition is now open. Submissions due June 15 @ 12PM PST.

2019 Rudolf Virchow Awards—Critical Anthropology for Global Health

Rudolf Virchow, a 19th century German physician and anthropologist, was a key founder of social medicine. His contributions centered on his recognition that multiple intersecting factors—social, political, and economic—produce disease and illness. He argued that the circumstances and deprivations of poverty increase people’s susceptibility to disease and result in reduced life expectancy and quality of life. He eloquently articulated the limits of medicine in the absence of material security, a sentiment which informed his view that nation-states play an important role in ensuring health security for a citizenry. Virchow viewed advocacy as an essential part of health praxis, and, in keeping with this legacy, the Critical Anthropology for Global Health (CAGH) Special Interest Group honors Virchow’s work with three awards.

The annual Rudolf Virchow Awards are given by the Critical Anthropology for Global Health Caucus, a special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Each year there are three awards for individuals at different stages in their careers as medical anthropologists: (1) the Professional Award honors a recent published article in a professional journal; (2) the Graduate Student Award honors a paper that was written between 2018 and 2019 and has not yet been submitted to a journal; (3) the Undergraduate Student Award honors a paper written during a student’s undergraduate career and has not been published. There are prizes of $100 for each student winner.

 

Winning submissions combine a critical anthropology focus with rich ethnographic data, and best reflect, extend, and/or advance critical perspectives in medical anthropological questions in the general area of global public health. All winners will be honored at the SMA business meeting at the American Anthropological Association meetings.

Submissions

The submission deadline for the 2019 Rudolf Virchow Awards is June 15, 2019.

We encourage you to submit your own work and/or to nominate papers of your students or articles of colleagues. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration, please e-mail the paper and a cover letter of introduction to the Virchow Awards Review Committee at caghvirchow@gmail.com by June 15, 2019. Hard copies are no longer accepted. Confirmation of receipt will be sent. To ensure a prompt and fair review, papers will not be accepted after the June 15, 2019 12 pm PST deadline. Winners will be contacted by September 1, 2019.

Professional Award Category

The professional award will be awarded for an article or chapter published during 2018 or 2019 in a peer-reviewed journal (print or online) or peer-reviewed edited volume. Articles may be singly- or co-authored. Technical reports and other contracted works are not considered for this award. Professional articles must be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format as they appeared in print.

Graduate Award Category

The graduate student award will be awarded for a paper that was written between 2018 and 2019 and that has not yet been subjected to editorial review. Papers that have been submitted to a journal or edited volume, but that have not yet benefited from review may be included in this category. Theses and dissertations will not be accepted. However, a summary no longer than 30 pages double-spaced (inclusive of references) of a thesis or a dissertation that can stand on its own, or a chapter that has been revised to stand on its own will be considered for this award. Papers from students who have graduated are still accepted in this category as long as the paper was written in 2018 or 2019. Graduate student papers must be submitted in Adobe PDF or Word format with a title-only first page. File sizes must be less than 2MB. The document must exclude the author’s name, author’s advisor, and university affiliation throughout. The cover letter should include this information. Only papers, not interactive media, will be considered for this award.

Undergraduate Award Category

The undergraduate student award will be awarded for a paper written in 2018 or 2019 while the student was still an undergraduate. Honors theses are not accepted. However, a shortened version no longer than 30 pages double-spaced (inclusive of references) of the thesis or a chapter from the thesis that has been revised to stand on its own will be considered for this award. Undergraduate student papers must be submitted in Adobe PDF or Word format with a title-only first page. File sizes must be less than 2MB. The document must exclude the author’s name, author’s advisor, and university affiliation throughout. The cover letter should include this information. Only papers, not interactive media, will be considered for this award.

 

 

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CAGH Newsletter

Dear CAGH Members –

On the heels of our meeting in San Jose, we wanted to send several important updates regarding leadership, this year’s initiatives, and Virchow Award winners. Thanks to those who joined us in person at the meetings. If you were not there and wish to remain involved in this year’s initiatives, please see below for further information.

 

Outgoing / Incoming Leadership:

First, we want to give thanks to Sara Lewis and Peter Brown, who served as co-chairs of CAGH over the past three years and led a number of important initiatives. We are so thankful to them for their leadership. We (Amy Dao and Nora Kenworthy) will be taking over the reins as co-chairs this year. Please be in touch with us about any CAGH-related business (Amylm.dao@gmail.com;njk8@uw.edu).

 

Upcoming CAGH Initiatives:

Each year, CAGH solicits information from members about topical initiatives they would like to lead. Oftentimes, these become ‘Take a Stand’ initiatives, and eventually, written pieces or collections. For information on past Take a Stand statements, see: http://cagh.medanthro.net/take-a-stand-policy-statements-by-cagh/. CAGH members who are interested in initiating or leading a Take a Stand initiative for the coming year should email Amylm.dao@gmail.comor njk8@uw.eduwith ideas. We can talk you through the process and connect you with other faculty who may be interested in working on similar topics.

 

There was also some discussion at the meeting this year of putting teaching materials and current bibliographic materials on the CAGH website to share with other scholars. As this work moves forward we will send further updates. Anyone interested in contributing to this effort should reach out to us via email.

 

Virchow Award Winners:

Each year, the Rudolf Virchow Awards are given by CAGH for individuals at three stages of their careers as medical anthropologists: undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. In keeping with Virchow’s legacy, the award is given to work that combine a critical anthropology focus with rich ethnographic data, and best reflect, extend or advance critical perspectives on medical anthropology and global public health. This year’s Virchow Award submissions were particularly numerous and outstanding, demonstrating the many remarkable projects anthropologists are carrying out in critical global health. We are thankful to the award committee of Emily Mendenhall, Lauren Carruth, and Nora Kenworthy and to additional reviewer Laura Meeks for their considerable efforts in reviewing the many submissions.

 

While this year’s Virchow Award winners were announced briefly at the SMA meetings, we wanted to also highlight their work here. They are:

 

Undergraduate Award – Sabine Shaughnessy, for her paper “Reproductive Rationalities and Realities of Havana, Cuba during the Post-Fidel Transition.” This paper beautifully wove together ethnographic imagery and theory with topics of vital importance to medical anthropology, and more specifically, reproductive and sexual health.

 

Graduate Award – Raphael Frankfurter, for his paper “Conjuring Biosecurity in the Post-Ebola Kissi Triangle: The Magic of Paperwork in a Frontier Clinic.” This paper demonstrated a deep engagement with individuals, their stories, and their concerns about healthcare and medicine in a place where these aspects of medicine were often lost – and offers important and vital lessons about contemporary global health practices.

 

The Professional award was given to two papers in this year’s highly competitive category:

Elizabeth Roberts, for her paper, “What gets inside: Violent Entanglements and Toxic Boundaries in Mexico City” (Cultural Anthropology). This piece significantly advances the fields of anthropology, global health, and science and technology studies by considering the entanglements of everyday life, health, and toxicity in Mexico City. Her ethnographic prose was particularly striking, encouraging readers to think anew about biology, toxins, the environment, agency, and embodied inequities. This was extraordinary work, in both its intelligence and clarity in considering an understudied domain of global health.

 

Thurka Sangaramoorthy, for her paper “Putting Band-aids on Things that Need Stitches: Immigration and the Landscape of Care in Rural America” (American Anthropologist). This paper was especially striking in its demonstration of what it means to do exemplary global health and social justice scholarship in the US. Her use of ethnography to shed light on the meanings and functions of “band-aids” offers an essential conceptual tool for future medical anthropology, and for understanding the healthcare of underserved populations in the US. This paper was novel as well for its engagement with multiple communities of immigrants and providers who nonetheless intersect within the gaps and inadequacies of the US healthcare system.

 

Congratulations to all of the award winners!

We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as reviewers for this year’s upcoming Virchow Awards review committee. The commitment is relatively short and involves reading papers such as these and many other fine submissions. Please email Amylm.dao@gmail.comor njk8@uw.eduif you are interested in reviewing for any of these categories of papers. Junior or student scholars are welcome!

 

A call for the 2019 Virchow Awards will go out in the spring. Please keep encouraging undergraduate and graduate students to submit their work.

 

Thanks to all of you, and looking forward to working with you in the year ahead –

 

Amy Dao & Nora Kenworthy

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Job Announcement at Central Washington University

The Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies in the College of the Sciences at Central Washington University invites applications for a tenure track, full-time position in medical anthropology, to begin September 16, 2019. We are seeking a sociocultural anthropologist with expertise in critical medical anthropology and global health. The successful candidate must be grounded in ethnographic methodologies, have prior teaching experience, and have a PhD in hand by April 15, 2019. We prefer candidates who are broadly trained to address issues of health from mixed-method perspectives and at different scales, with expertise in environment and health, social epidemiology, health disparities, social justice, migration and health, and/or medical pluralism. Geographical area is open, but areas of particular interest include Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East.
Find out more here:
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Job Announcement!

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona has three open positions in Women’s Health, Global Health and Indigenous Health. Please circulate widely! Details can be found at the following links:

Associate/Full Professor – Women’s Health: https://uacareers.com/postings/27033

Associate/Full Professor – Global Health: https://uacareers.com/postings/27030

Associate/Full Professor – Indigenous Health: http://uacareers.com/postings/26912

 

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The 2018 Rudolf Virchow Awards is now accepting submissions!

Rudolf Virchow, a 19th century German physician and anthropologist, was a key founder of social medicine. His contributions centered on his recognition that multiple intersecting factors – social, political, and economic – produce disease and illness. He argued that the circumstances and deprivations of poverty increase people’s susceptibility to disease and result in reduced life expectancy and quality of life. He eloquently articulated the limits of medicine in the absence of material security, a sentiment which informed his view that nation-states play an important role in ensuring health security for a citizenry. Virchow viewed advocacy as an essential part of health praxis, and, in keeping with this legacy, the Critical Anthropology for Global Health (CAGH) Special Interest Group honors Virchow’s work with three awards.

The annual Rudolf Virchow Awards are given by the Critical Anthropology for Global Health Caucus, a special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Each year there are three awards for individuals at different stages in their careers as medical anthropologists: (1) the Professional Award honors a recent published article in a professional journal; (2) the Graduate Student Award honors a paper that was written between 2017 and 2018 and has not yet been submitted to a journal; (3) the Undergraduate Student Award honors a paper written during a student’s undergraduate career and has not been published. There are prizes of $100 for each student winner.

Winning submissions combine a critical anthropology focus with rich ethnographic data, and best reflect, extend, and/or advance critical perspectives in medical anthropological questions in the general area of global public health. All winners will be honored at the SMA business meeting at the American Anthropological Association meetings.

Submissions
The submission deadline for the 2018 Rudolf Virchow Awards is July 1st, 2018.
We encourage you to submit your own work and/or to nominate papers of your students or articles of colleagues. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration, please e-mail the paper and a cover letter of introduction to the Virchow Awards Co-Chairs, Emily Mendenhall, Lauren Carruth, and Nora Kenworthy at em1061@georgetown.edu by July 1, 2018. Hard copies are no longer accepted. Confirmation of receipt will be sent. To ensure a prompt and fair review, papers will not be accepted after the July 1, 2018 12 pm PST deadline. Winners will be contacted by October 1, 2018.

Professional Award Category
The professional award will be awarded for an article or chapter published during 2017 or 2018 in a peer- reviewedjournal(printoronline)orpeer-reviewededitedvolume. Articlesmaybesingly-orco-authored. Technical reports and other contracted works are not considered for this award. Professional articles must be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format as they appeared in print.

Graduate Award Category
The graduate student award will be awarded for a paper that was written between 2017 and 2018 and that has not yet been subjected to editorial review. Papers that have been submitted to a journal or edited volume, but that have not yet benefited from review may be included in this category. Theses and dissertations will not be accepted. However, a summary no longer than 30 pages double-spaced (inclusive of references) of a thesis or a dissertation that can stand on its own, or a chapter that has been revised to stand on its own will be considered for this award. Papers from students who have graduated are still accepted in this category as long as the paper was written in 2017 or 2018. Graduate student papers must be submitted in Adobe PDF or Word format with a title-only first page. File sizes must be less than 2MB. The document must exclude the author’s name, author’s advisor, and university affiliation throughout. The cover letter should include this information. Only papers, not interactive media, will be considered for this award.

Undergraduate Award Category
The undergraduate student award will be awarded for a paper written in 2017 or 2018 while the student was still an undergraduate. Honors theses are not accepted. However, a shortened version no longer than 30 pages double-spaced (inclusive of references) of the thesis or a chapter from the thesis that has been revised to stand on its own will be considered for this award. Undergraduate student papers must be submitted in Adobe PDF or Word format with a title-only first page. File sizes must be less than 2MB. The document must exclude the author’s name, author’s advisor, and university affiliation throughout. The cover letter should include this information. Only papers, not interactive media, will be considered for this award.

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Announcing a new reader/textbook for people teaching Global Health by Peter Brown and Svea Closser

Announcing a new reader/textbook for people teaching Global Health. Foundations of Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Reader by Peter Brown and Svea Closser (March, 2018) now available from Oxford University Press.

It is easy to order an examination copy with the orange button at https://global.oup.com/ushe/product/foundations-of-global-health-9780190647940?cc=us&lang=en& . This hybrid book contain 49 articles with introductions and discussion questions, as well as extensive pedagogical materials called “conceptual tools,” web resources, and case studies https://arc2.oup-arc.com/access/brown-closser . The readings were selected for undergraduate students for their accessibility. There is an emphasis in the readings of background issues from History and Medical Anthropology rather than premature professional training in Public Health. The OUP editor suggested that anyone planning to teach such a course in the future request an examination copy.

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Emerging Voices for Global Health

CAGH member Priscilla Magrath shares a training opportunity that may be of interest:

We would like to bring to your attention the recently issued call for EV4GH2018 venture, linked to the 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research scheduled to be held in Liverpool in 2018.

The Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) is an innovative multi-partner blended training program that includes face-to- face training and virtual training components, for young, promising, and emerging health policy & systems researchers, decision-makers and other health system professionals with an interest in becoming influential global health voices and/or local change makers, particularly in LMIC. Five successful EV ventures have been conducted so far linked to major global health symposia and conferences in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 with over 232 alumni from 54 countries.

This year, there will be two tracks for which participants can apply to.
The first, for researchers involved in health policy and systems research,
The other aimed at other health professionals, activists, journalists with an interest in health systems & policies, decision makers or policymakers, and/or other health systems actors.

Further details about the program and application process can be found on the website – call for EV4GH2018 .

The deadline for applications is 5th March 2018. For those who are interested and fit the eligibility criteria, for the EV4GH 2018 call, we encourage you to apply soon. For those who are ineligible to apply, we hope you can spread this call in your networks, if you know someone who could be a potential EV4GH2018.
Thanks for your collaboration!

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Please fill out membership form for CAGH by Dec. 15

Dear CAGH members,

 We would like to alert you to recent changes in our membership policy and procedures for Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) supports SIGs as an important part of strengthening communication and collaboration among scholars based on topical interests. As a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), we are required to report our membership demographics to the SMA board, which helps them determine SIG status and resource allocation. In an effort to promote and streamline SIG membership, a single membership form was created.

 The form is available on October 15th through December 15th. The form is very brief and will be used to establish memberships in all the SIGs. We ask that all CAGH members who would like to be part of a SIG(s) fill out this form whether you are currently a member of a SIG(s) or not. If you do not fill out the form by December 15th, you may be removed from (or not added to) your SIG(s)’ roster.

 Please note : You do NOT need to be a member of SMA to continue your membership in CAGH. Simply indicate on the form whether you are a member of SMA or not and select the appropriate SIG(s) in which you would like to maintain membership. We are committed to keeping our membership open to those who are not members of SMA and AAA.

 You will only need to fill out this form once per year. Please direct any questions/comments to Elizabeth Wirtz <wirtz@purdue.edu>.

 You can find the form here. Or copy and paste the following into your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/QKzFrV5gpxMVkteg1

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TAS initiative “End of AIDS” published. Access it now!

The Take a Stand (TAS) initiative on the ‘End of AIDS’ is happy to announce that its TAS statement has now been published in the journal Global Public Health. This was one of several TAS initiatives coordinated by the Critical Anthropology of Global Health Special Interest Group (SIG) this past year. Nora Kenworthy, Matthew Thomann and Richard Parker co-chaired this committee and published the statement with input and feedback from many other scholars in the CAGH. It will run in a special section of the journal on the topic of the End of AIDS, but is available for online early view – and free to access through the end of November.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2017.1365373

More details below.

Nora Kenworthy, Matthew Thomann & Richard Parker.  (2017). “From a global crisis to the ‘end of AIDS’: New epidemics of signification”Global Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2017.1365373

ABSTRACT

In the past decade, discourses about AIDS have taken a remarkable, and largely unquestioned, turn. Whereas mobilisations for treatment scale-up during the 2000s were premised on perceptions of an ‘epidemic out of control’, we have repeatedly been informed in more recent years that an end to AIDS is immanent. This new discourse and its resulting policies are motivated by post-recession financial pressures, a changing field of global institutions, and shifting health and development priorities. These shifts also reflect a biomedical triumphalism in HIV prevention and treatment, whereby shorter term, privatised, technological, and ‘cost-effective’ interventions are promoted over long-term support for antiretroviral treatment. To explore these changes, we utilise Treichler’s view of AIDS as an ‘epidemic of signification’ to develop a review of ‘End of AIDS’ discourses in recent years. We use this review to investigate the political and philanthropic interests served by efforts to rebrand and re-signify the epidemic. We also hold up these discourses against the realities of treatment access in resource-poor countries, where ‘Ending AIDS’ has not heralded the end of an epidemic per se, but rather the end of external support for treatment programmes, highlighting new difficulties for sustaining treatment in this new era of the epidemic.

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The CAGH Virchow Awards are now open for submission!

The Virchow Awards are now open! Submit to the professional, graduate, and undergraduate categories. To learn more, visit: http://cagh.medanthro.net/virchow-award/.

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