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Institut für Biomedizinische Ethik und Medizingeschichte (IBME)

Collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences, Health and Medicine at King’s College London

Beginning a new research project on the contemporary politics of a right to health, Janina Kehr will do preliminary ethnographic fieldwork with social collectives mobilising against the current cuts in the health care sector. The research contributes to an anthropology of citizens' visions of and affetive attachments to the modern European welfare State. By combining an ethnography of social movements in the domain of health, triggered by the current crisis and its politics of austerity, with a historically informed anthropology of medicine and public health, the project aims to further anthropological investigations on health as a fundamental political right and part of modern European identity, arguing that issues of health constitue a formidable window to understand larger cultural and political processes in contemporary Europe today. She will present her new research project in the SSHM Seminar Series.