Mapping Global Health

The talk will focus on the relationship between measurement and mapping; continuity and rupture between colonial and postcolonial networks of global public health; and the potential for radical cartography as a form of scholarship and activism. How is global knowledge spatially constituted into the visual practices of global health. How and why are these practices of producing global health so reliant on maps, and what role do these maps play in the constitution of global health as a field of global knowledge?  

Prof. Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD

Image: Prof. Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD

Professor Greene will present findings from an interdisciplinary working group at Johns Hopkins University comprised of anthropologists, historians, epidemiologists, geographers and others engaged in critical studies of global health. On the one hand, the global cartography of health traces a set of historical continuities between the contemporary spaces of global health and older geographies of international health and tropical medicine. On the other hand, in recent years, the field of global health has charted new maps of humanitarian and epidemiological linkages between previously unconnected places: forms of global knowledge without clear precedent in earlier epochs.  

Asking how global health knowledge is mapped and what is at stake in the production and circulation of these maps places relevant historical, epidemiological, and ethnographic critiques in conversation with contemporary sciences of spatial analysis to interrogate the spaces that constitute global health today.

Comments provided by: Associate Professor Katerini Storeng, Centre for Development and the Environment


Professor Jeremy A. Greene is a Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine and Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research interests include twentieth century clinical medicine, pharmaceuticals, medical technology, medical anthropology, global health and history of disease. He received his MD and PhD in the history of science from Harvard, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 2008, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians. In addition to his appointment at the Institute for the History of Medicine, he also practices internal medicine at the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community health center affiliated with Johns Hopkins.

The seminar is co-hosted by the Centre for Global Health (CGH) and the Department of Medical History and Medical Anthropology at the University of Oslo.

Light refreshments will be provided at 12:30, the seminar will begin at 13:00 with an open discussion between 13:40 and 14:30. Please register your attendance here. 

Published May 31, 2017 2:23 PM - Last modified Jan. 28, 2021 2:17 PM