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September-November 2015

3-5pm, Every Friday, Social Anthropology Seminar Series

September, 18 2015

Special Anthropology and Global Health Lecture

3pm, Meadows Lecture Theatre (William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG)
Professor Vincanne Adams, University of California, San Francisco
"Metrics and Markets: Counting Everything in Global Health"

The recent shift from International Health Development to Global Health Sciences has ushered in complex transformations in the practices of audit, funding, and intervention in the effort to improve health outcomes on a global scale.  One of the most important features of this shift has been the growing reliance on specific kinds of quantitative metrics that make use of evidence-based measures, experimental research platforms, and cost-effectiveness rubrics for even the most intractable problems and most promising interventions. Collectively these trends pose a problem of knowledge in relation to how we understand efficacy and how we pay for these efforts.  By tracing the shift from DALYs to Randomized Controlled Trials in global health, this paper investigates how counting practices matter not only in relation to health but also in relation to market-driven commercial funding infrastructures.  When do efforts to “scale up” become the best indices for successful innovation and, alternatively, when do they become an impediment to health?  Do public-private for-profit partnerships in global health work to improve health outcomes and what metrics should be used to determine this? These and other questions will be pursued in this paper.

September 21 2015

Surviving the 2015 Nepal Earthquake and Its Aftermath

4.45 - 6.15pm, Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre, Doorway 1, Medical School, Teviot  Place EH8 9AG

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Nepal on Saturday, 25 April and 12 May 2015 resulted in 8,844 lives and 22,300 injuries. Assessment shows that a total of 446 public health facilities and 16 private health facilities were completely destroyed. Schools in the affected districts have been damaged leaving pupils out of school, which could have a long lasting impact on enrolment, attendance and internal efficiency, leading to an increase in the number of children out of school. Half a million houses were destroyed and a quarter million houses were partially damaged. Preliminary assessments suggest that the earthquake was ‘classed’, which disproportionately affected the poorer and those in rural locations.
Social Science Baha, a research organisation in Nepal, is undertaking a study to understand how households, both migrants and non-migrants, continue to cope with the Earthquake and its effects after the Earthquake. Researchers from Social Science Baha (Dr Bandita Sijapati, Dr Jeevan Baniya and Mr Deepak Thapa) will present findings from the preliminary assessment conducted in the immediate aftermath of the Earthquake in four districts of Nepal, and will also present further research that is being planned in collaboration with the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh

Hosted by Dr Jeevan Sharma and Professor ian Harper, Social Anthropology

With Holding Objects

Call for Participants

Introductory Meeting: Friday 25 September, 4pm.
Core Activity: Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October, various times for different groups.
Collaborative Workshop: Friday 2 October, 1-4pm.

Taking place within Talbot Rice Gallery’s exhibition Hanne Darboven | accepting anything among everything, With Holding Objects will provoke discussions about objects and their capacity to reveal information and express something about the world. In partnership with Atelier: Creative Arts and the Social Sciences, the Gallery is seeking students from across the Humanities and Social Sciences to take part in an innovative project that will question the need for a field of enquiry that extends across these areas.
Hanne Darboven (1941 – 2009) was one of the 20th Century’s most important conceptual artists and her obstinate serial installations and eclectic collection stimulate discussions about materiality, time and meaning. Within this resonant context With Holding Objects will address questions about methods of ‘reading’ objects, foster exchange between different student groups and culminate in a collaborative, interdisciplinary workshop.
Guided by James Clegg, Assistant Curator, and Dr Richard Baxstrom, Lecturer in Social Anthropology and co-director of Atelier, those taking part will benefit from a rich range of perspectives and be able to contribute their ideas to the With Holding Objects website, which will serve as the online manifestation of the outcomes of the project.
If you are interested in taking part please contact James Clegg (email: | phone: 0131 6502211) by the deadline of Wednesday 23 September, 12 noon.
Please note: By expressing interest you also confirm that you will be available to attend the introductory meeting and collaborative workshop.  We hope you will also be able to participate in some events during the week and appreciate it if you can be flexible with your time.