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Geography Colloquium - Abigail Neely

Friday, January 29, 2016
12:20pm – 1:15pm

Storrs Campus
AUST 434

"Thinking about Health from the South: Witchcraft and the Limits of Social Medicine"

In this talk, Professor Neely will sketch the main argument of the of the book she is finishing up, tentatively titled Witchcraft and Wellness: Rethinking Social Medicine from South Africa.

In the book, she examines an important -- and successful -- social medicine program developed in South Africa and exported around the world. Focusing on its failures as well as its successes, she argues first that the health center's inability to recognize witchcraft illnesses ultimately limited its success and second, that by examining witchcraft illnesses, we can learn much about health more broadly.

Contact:

Bill Berentsen [william.berentsen@uconn.edu]

Geography Department (primary), Africana Studies Institute, Anthropology Department, History Department, UConn Master Calendar

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