Making Race, Making Health: Historical Approaches to Race, Medicine and Public Health
about the shared quality of life and the distribution of health care
are part of our shared historical experience. Across the Americas,
medicine is an important economic sector, and access to health care is
also a key dimension of both citizenship and exclusion. Medical
historians have explored the ways public health and medicine have
shaped the ideologies and institutions that shape racial inequality,
the experience of slavery and freedom, as well as the minimum
conditions for citizenship and personal dignity. Historians and
scholars in African American Studies, Latino Studies and Gender Studies
have explored the ways men and women in communities of color have
shaped and challenged the institutions of public health and medicine.
the growth of shared thematic interests across these various
disciplinary fields and geographic areas, this is one of the few
conferences where scholars interested in the intersection of race and
the social history of medicine can interact with scholars with similar
research interests who work on places outside the United States. Making
Race, Making Health will help establish a face-to-face moment in the
establishment of cross-hemispheric research network in the history of
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