Upcoming Public Lectures at the Centre for Global Health Histories, University of York

The Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York in the UK has shared the following details for two upcoming public lectures to be held on 22 January and 19 February 2018:

From Face/Off to the Face Race: An Emotional History of the Face Transplant

With Dr Fay Bound Alberti, on Monday 22 January 2018, in The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, starting at 17:00 pm

Isabelle Dinoire, the world’s first face transplant recipient, died in April 2016, just eleven years after the procedure that brought her unwanted fame and media attention. More than forty face transplants have taken place around the world since 2005. Medical debates centre primarily on such concerns as immunosuppressant use and organ donation. Far less attention has been paid to the ethical, emotional and psychological history of face transplants and their meanings for personal and social identity, though these were concerns of the earliest post-war reconstructive surgeons. This talk explores the emotional history and ethics of face transplants, raising questions about gender, facial politics, and the limits of medical science.

Please see for more details: https://www.york.ac.uk/history/global-health-histories/events/history-of-the-face-transplant/

Marginalised mothers: health communication and maternal health in East Africa, 1920-2017

With Dr Shane Doyle, on Monday 19 February 2018, in The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, starting at 16:00 pm

While Africa’s overall death rates are now as low as Europe’s, its maternal mortality ratios are almost fifty times higher. Yet in the mid-twentieth century East African institutional maternal mortality rates declined as fast as those in the Global North. This talk will consider the long history of maternal health in East Africa, examining how health communication has shaped risk assessment and health-related decision-making in both clinical and domestic settings since the 1920s.

Please see for more details: https://www.york.ac.uk/history/global-health-histories/events/marginalized-mothers-lecture/

For further details, please visit the Centre’s website: http://www.york.ac.uk/history/global-health-histories/ or contact them at CGHH@york.ac.uk

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