Health, Migration and Violence in Southern Africa
THE CORPOREAL DIMENSIONS OF MIGRATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Background: Recognising a recent growth in academic interest in the complex social and political significance of human corporeality, the British Academy International Partnership between the University of Edinburgh, UK and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, aims to explore how a focus on the transformations of human forms and substances can offer new ways to investigate how violence, migration and health are linked in the lives of people across the Southern African region. After the success of our first workshop in Johannesburg in April 2012, and the second in Edinburgh in September 2013, selection is now in process for the final workshop taking place as part of the “Transforming Bodies: Health, Migration and Violence in Southern Africa” research partnership. Between 2012 and 2014, the partnership seeks to bring together emerging and established scholars working in a range of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences across the Southern African region, in order to generate new comparative and theoretical approaches towards understanding the changing significance of human corporeality across the region, and to expand writing, editing and publishing capacity among participants.
MOVING BODIES: THE CORPOREAL DIMENSIONS OF MIGRATION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.
This final workshop will focus on methodological approaches and research that explores the complex linkages between migration, violence and health in Southern Africa, investigating both the personal and social dimensions of mobility and illness. Health, human rights and citizenship will be explored in order to enquire about how migrants’ bodies and flows of bodily substances in different health conditions restrict or create rights and new forms of sociability, often in contexts of political or social violence. The ways in which belonging and identity are linked, through divergent dimensions of corporeality, to migration and health will be considered. The relationship between health, illness and bodily materialities in different cultural contexts will be examined with a specific emphasis on the entanglement of meanings and material forms of illness among migrant populations. This will include exploring help seeking behaviour, access to services and the alternative responses to illness and healing strategies employed by migrant groups. Finally, the relationship between mobility, sexuality and health will be considered through exploring if and how movement affects sexual decision making – including exploring sex as a livelihood strategy – and implications of these decisions for the health of migrant groups.
Previous Workshops in this series:
Dr Emilie Venables