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Culture matters for health

1 June, 2009

Let me break my long silence with a quick announcement for a conference.  The ANU is hosting a symposium and short course on the subject of cultural epidemiology.  Seems like and event that would be of interest to readers of this blog.  Here are the details:

*Culture Matters for Health: Exploring cultural epidemiology & related
approaches in a symposium and short course.*

26-29 October, University House The Australian National University,

According to the 19th centure anthropologist and doctor, Rudolph
Virchow, ‘disease is a disturbance of culture’. Over the past 150 years,
cultural epidemiology has evolved as a hybrid or sub-discipline with a
body of work and research approaches that resonate with Virchow’s

*Scoping cultural epidemiology in the Antipodes – a symposium.*
Through the presentation of brief papers and posters over one and a half
days, the symposium will explore the inter-relationships between
culture, health and illness.

*Cultural Epidemiology short course*
This two day course introduces students to the emerging discipline of
cultural epidemiology, defining what it is and how it might be
undertaken. It focuses on employing cultural theories, concepts and
related methods to the health of populations and sub-populations.

Speakers include:
Professor Sandy Gifford, Director, Refugee Health research Centre,
School of Social Sciences, LaTrobe University
Professor Claude Fischler, Director, Centre National de la Recherche
Scientific, Paris
Associate Professor Julir Park, Associate Professor of Anthropology,
University of Auckland
Professor Tony Blakely, Director of the Health Inequalities Research
programme, University of Otago,
Dr Maggie Walter, School of Sociology, University of Tasmania
Jill Guthrie, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Studies.

For more information and to register go to:

*Register early to be guaranteed a place – strictly a limited number

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