LECTURE- Paula Michaels: History of Medicine and Health in C. Asia, N.Y., Nov 5

The Culture, Religion and Communications Unit at Columbia University’s
Global Health Research Center of Central Asia is launching its series
of speaker presentations this Fall 2010 as well as organizing a
conference in Spring 2011.   The theme for this lecture series and
conference is “Taboo & Stigma: Perceptions of Health and Disease in
Central Asia.” The first lunch lecture is:

The History of Medicine and Health in Modern Central Asia
Presentation by Dr. Paula A. Michaels
Associate Professor of Russian/Soviet history, University of Iowa

Friday, November 5, 2010 12:00-1:30pm, 1219 IAB

(420 W. 118th St., New York, NY, 10027)
Co-sponsored by GHRCCA & the Harriman Institute
Open to the Public, please RSVP to ah2883@columbia.edu

Incorporating elements of Islamic, shamanic, Indian, and Chinese
medical systems, as well as modern biomedicine, twentieth-century
Kazakhstan offers a rich field for inquiry into the use of medicine as
what historian Daniel Headrick describes as a “tool of empire.”
Kazakhstan provides a vivid case study in knowledge transfer and
cross-cultural contact, as the Soviet state and Communist Party used
improved access to biomedical care and upward mobility for indigenous
medical workers in an attempt to win the support of the local
population for the Soviet project.  Moscow’s effort to entrench Soviet
power in part through the use of medical and public health initiatives
met with considerable success, as methods that ranged from didactic to
violent drove indigenous forms of healing underground.  A syncretic
system emerged in which Kazakhs continued to turn to both biomedical
caregivers and ethnomedical practitioners.

GHRCCA’s Culture, Religion, and Communication (CRC) Unit is committed
to fostering culturally-specific and culturally-inspired approaches to
health-related research in Central Asia.

For more about the lecture and CRC Unit, visit:

This lecture is part of the CRC’s 2010-2011 lecture series and
conference “Taboo and Stigma: Perceptions of Health and Disease in
Central Asia.” The conference will take place in April 2011 and is
co-sponsored by Columbia’s Global Centers.

For more about the conference, visit:

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