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Vortrag von Frau Dr. Georgina Strasser, Department of Education and Teacher Training National University of San Luis, Argentina

Titel: "Medical Anthropology: from ″evil eye″ to ″hypertension″. A brief review of Latin American         Medical Anthropology in conjunction with Collective and Community Health"

Wann:                 27. Juni 2019

Uhrzeit:              10:00-12:00 Uhr

Ort:                     Biologische Anthropologie, Hebelstraße 29, 7910 Freiburg, Seminarraum

During its existence for more than a century, Medical Anthropology has followed the same pathways as Anthropology in general: the initial focus on distant and exotic cultures of others shifted to the complex societies that the anthropologists, themselves, were from. Practices and categories at home were now perceived as cultural constructs. This change of attitude led the discipline to contribute to, but also to criticize, advances in (bio)medicine. Anthropology converged with other health-related disciplines that also considered health and sickness as social and cultural processes, embedded and determined by politics and the economy. This coalescence has resulted in several theoretical and methodological approaches to be developed in Latin America, including Sociocultural Epidemiology, Collective Health and Community Health. These fields have constantly taken up influences from critical academic thinking on an international level.

Dr Strasser will talk about medical anthropology in Argentina; research areas and theoretical approaches in Latin America; her own research on Azampay, a rural population in Northwest Argentina; and challenges in vaccination research in Argentina.

Georgina Strasser, received her Bachelor in Anthropology from the University of La Plata, Buenos Aires (2004) and her PhD in the Natural Sciences from the Natural Sciences Faculty of La Plata University (2011). She has been involved in several research projects seeking to integrate approaches from the social and natural sciences in the health management of marginalized communities. Since 2014 she has been working as an adjunct professor at the University of San Luis and has also taught epidemiology and lectured in the Master´s Course in `Epidemiology, Management and Collective Health` at the University of La Plata, in Buenos Aires.