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August Newsletter

Posted by C3W Admin on September 1 2022

We have gathered together the latest news and events, together with some content not available on the website and put it into a Newsletter below.

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Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter, everyone has been taking a chance to relax in the sunshine and visit archives. For example

Edna Suárez-Díaz, Gisela Mateos and Lu Chen conducted archival research in New York.
Sarah Marks and David Bannister participated in a seminar in Ghana.
Sarah Marks is currently
 in Zimbabwe visiting clinics, mental health initiatives and research groups to interview doctors and healthcare workers about their international training. 

This edition has

  • News 
  • Latest from the blog
  • Some great pictures from a research trip



We are looking forward to welcoming Dr Andrea Espinoza Carvajal to Exeter on the 1st September when she joins the team.

Her research project focuses on the circulation of political discourses from governments and political leaders vis-à-vis the narratives created by feminist unions and socialist committees. It aims to historicise the expansion of infrastructure and coverage of public health services in connection with the health cultures produced by socialism, using a gender lens. 


We are happy to report that Liang Wan has completed his fieldwork and archival research in China, and we are excited that we can welcome him in person in Exeter in the coming weeks. 

New Award

Sarah Marks was awarded Wellcome/Birkbeck Institutional Strategic Support Funding to develop an exhibition and public engagement programme at Birkbeck’s Peltz Gallery with artists Sasha Bergstrom-Katz and Tomas Percival in Spring 2023. The installations and activities will explore the complex histories mental health and psychological interventions.

She was also awarded additional funds from Wellcome ISSF for Polish language training, in order to widen C3W’s archival research to include Polish archives.


Gisela  Mateos and Edna Suárez-Díaz are organizing an international workshop at the UNAM campus in Mexico City, September 1st-2nd.

The title is Interrogating development: the mobilization of sciences, technologies, and technical assistance in postwar Mexico. Twelve scholars from Mexico, Spain, and the United States will participate.

Latest from the Blog

Poster displayed in the Ulster Museum’s ‘The Troubles and Beyond’ Gallery

Conference Reflections: European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) 17th Biennial Conference: Transformation, Hope and the Commons

The latest blog post features Sarah Howard’s review of the EASA conference held in Belfast. It is difficult to sum up the many shout outs and interesting points. I suggest you pop over to our website and have a read.


Listen to Dora Vargha take part in The Inquiry – How do pandemics end? a BBC World Service programme. Other guests are Dr Margaret Harris, Spokesperson, World Health Organisation, Nicholas Christakis, Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University and Aris Katzourakis, Professor of Evolution and Genomics, University of Oxford. They were talking to Sandra Kanthal


New York Research Trip

The Project Team have used the Year Planner well and this resulted in research trips to New York coinciding for Lu Chen, Gisela Mateos and Edna Suárez-Díaz.

They visited the UN archive in New York from 1st to the 5th August, and Lu stayed on to visit the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University from 8th to the 12th August, 2022.

Research in Ghana, July 2022
In July David Bannister and Sarah Marks, along with anthropologist Lauren Wallace, organised a one-day oral history symposium with the Fred N. Binka School of Public Health at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana’s Volta Region, to explore Ghana’s health histories from independence to the present. Dr Moses Adibo, Dr Irene Agyepong, Dr Kofi Ahmed, Prof Paul Amunah, Prof Fred Binka, Dr Sam Bugri, Dr Dela Dovlo, Dr Nana Enyimayew, Prof John Gyapong and Dr Awudu Tinorgah discussed Ghana’s international connections, their involvement in national health strategies and disease eradication programmes, and the impact of covid-19. The symposium was also an opportunity to identify further archival materials for the study of health in Ghana and its transnational dimensions. The interviews will be transcribed and made available to researchers online, and through Ghana’s National Archives.

David and Sarah also organised a roundtable at the Ghana Studies Association Conference at the University for Development Studies, Tamale, on the history of health in Ghana’s Northern Region, chaired by Dr Sam Bugri, which will also be transcribed for the C3W oral history archive. In addition, David presented his research on ‘Spraying for a Century: The Afterlife of Disease Control Programmes in Northern Ghana, 1920-2020’ and Sarah presented as part of the ‘Mental Health in Ghana at a Crossroads’ panel on clinical psychology and talking therapies in Ghana since 1974.

During the research trip to Ghana Sarah also met with C3W collaborator Dr Mjiba Frehiwot for a tour of the Institute for African Studies Library and Archives at the University of Ghana, Legon. Mjiba is working with our team to plan further research in 2023 with Ghanaian doctors and their links with Cuba.

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