A Letter from new CAGH Co-Chairs Sara Lewis and Peter Brown

Dear Critical Anthropology of Global Health (CAGH) members:

We hope your new year is off to a great start. This is a (fairly long) email to update you on new and ongoing initiatives happening within CAGH. As a volunteer-run special interest group we warmly invite all to participate in crafting a dynamic and energizing forum to bring together critical medical anthropology and global health.

We would first like to honor and say thank you to Rachel Chapman, who has served as the chair of CAGH for the past 3 years. Those who know Rachel will attest that she has dedicated tremendous energy to leading us, and we particularly wish to thank her for including and encouraging students and junior scholars to join CAGH’s leadership. Thank you, Rachel, for your generosity.

CAGH Communication

This year we will focus on enhancing communication both within our group, and in coordinated efforts to disseminate our activities to the wider med anth/global health community. We are especially interested in publicizing and featuring work in progress. To better help us enhance our communication, please answer this 1-question survey about how you would prefer to interact (listserv, facebook, twitter, etc.): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B7S9QBQ

 We have a newly established facebook group, which will serve as a more “public” space of engagement for those who are not members of SMA. The group will be managed by Hugo Puerto, but you are all encouraged to post interesting articles or updates on your own work. Please join here.

Over the next year we will work to feature a series of live stream videos about members’ projects and other news to build up a media library about CAGH. If you are interested in being featured (it will be very short!), please email Sara Lewis (slewis8@uoregon.edu). Advanced graduate students and junior scholars on the job market might especially consider this as a way to get the word out about your work!


CAGH meeting at SfAA

During the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) meeting in Vancouver, there will be a CAGH meeting on Thursday, March 31, 12-1:20, Arbutus Room.


End of AIDS

Richard Parker, Nora Kenworthy, and Matthew Thomann are co-chairing a new Takes a Stand initiative on the “End of AIDS.” Our aim is threefold: to bring a critical, anthropological voice to discourses surrounding the “end of AIDS” and declining funding for HIV/AIDS programs; to gather and disseminate key ethnographic evidence relating to the political and social contexts in which policies and discourses are being crafted and carried out; and to increase the voices of anthropologists in key debates surrounding the future of AIDS treatment and prevention programs. Please email Nora Kenworthy (njk8@uw.edu ) if you are interested in joining this effort or have research that relates to this issue.


Take a Stand on Global Health Education

The CAGH SIG is launching a Take a Stand initiative on global health education.  With the exponential growth of university-based global health training programs, critical anthropologists of global health have identified several trends that work against the goal of health equity.  This includes the treatment of patients in impoverished settings by visiting students and trainees as a means of gaining clinical experience. For this Take a Stand initiative, we intend to:
– ascertain current norms and guidelines governing the provision of clinical services by unqualified students and trainees
– build a database of anthropological literature that describes this phenomenon and its impacts
– create a policy statement that can be used to support existing efforts to prevent the instrumentalization of vulnerable populations for personal advancement
If you are interested in contributing to this initiative, please contact Pierre Minn: pierre.minn@umontreal.ca


Take a Stand on e/m-health and telemedicine

We are excited to announce a recent online publication from the Critical Anthropology of Global Health (CAGH) special interest group. The publication is a Takes-a-stand statement on the contribution of anthropology to e/m-health and telemedicine.

You can read it here: http://cagh.medanthro.net/?page_id=158

The statement is a working document produced by a group of CAGH members investigating our potential role in this important area of  Public and Global Health. It follows an AAA panel we organized in 2013. Our intent is to encourage anthropologists to look into this rapidly evolving field.

At present we are in the process of expanding this text into a full article. We would like to invite you to:

1)  contribute new ideas and references not yet covered in the statement – which is a work in progress;

2)  provide mini-ethnographies (from 2-10 pages) of your own research or observations of e/m-health that we may post on the CAGH  website as examples of research in progress.

To submit, or in case of having questions, please contact Tanja Ahlin at T.Ahlin@uva.nl


Member recognition

A very special thank you to Sarah Raskin for taking on the role as membership coordinator, and to Hugo Puerto for joining Amy Dao on website, social media and communications.

Thank you all, and please do not hesitate to get in touch!



Sara Lewis (slewis8@uoregon.edu)

Peter Brown (antpjb@emory.edu)

Co-chairs of CAGH


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