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Exploring archives in Ecuador. A reflection on creating memory

Andrea Espinoza Carvajal Growing up in Ecuador, the saying: Ecuador es un país sin memoria [Ecuador is a country with no memory] was ubiquitous. It was present at home and school, revived in every national election and crisis and served as a blank criticism and explanation of voting patterns and political trends. “Having no memory” […]

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Posted by Vivienne Bates on 27 October 2023

Conference “Connecting three worlds: health & socialism in the Cold War” was held in Berlin 14-16 June 2023

Lu Chen A ground-breaking conference organized by the Wellcome Trust funded project “Connecting three worlds: socialism, medicine and global health after WW2” concluded 16 June 2023. It shed new light on the history of global health and the influence of socialism on healthcare systems. The conference brought together nearly 20 scholars from various regions of […]

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Posted by Vivienne Bates on 6 July 2023

C3W and the Cholula conversations

Andrea Espinoza From 4 – 6 December, part of the C3W team participated in a workshop about future research and publications projects. Cholula is a special place. The morning light hits the domes of the ‘Santuario de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios’ in a way that brings out its colour and makes the yellow contrast […]

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Posted by Vivienne Bates on 12 January 2023

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

Sarah Howard After years of seeing only heads and shoulders on screen at academic events, it was great to attend the EASA conference in person in July in Belfast. As well as the two panels I will discuss in more detail below, panels on street level bureaucrats, on the governance of labour and on post-socialism […]

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Posted by Sarah Howard on 25 August 2022

Conversation with Xun Zhou: Health Intervention and Delivery in Mao’s China

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Xun Zhou published a book The People’s Health: Health Intervention and Delivery in Mao’s China, 1949-1983 (McGill-Queen University Press, 2020). Through two of the most prominent examples of Maoist health care – the anti-schistosomiasis campaign and the ‘Barefoot Doctor’ programme – Dr Zhou provides a critical analysis […]

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Posted by Lu Chen on 28 July 2022


Last month we engaged in a very fruitful and informal conversation seminar-style with PhD(c) Fatima Elfitouri (King’s College London), Dr Nils Graber (University of Lausanne), and our very own Dr Edna Suarez-Dias (UNAM) on the history of biomedicine in Cuba during the Cold War. All scholars represent a different approach to the topic, combining methods […]

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Posted by Sebastian Fonseca on 24 June 2022

Archive series: Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies

Sarah Howard This blog post is the first in a series in which C3W team members will write about our adventures in the archives.   The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) is a venerable organisation founded in 1924 in the wake of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Britain and the [...] Continue reading...

Posted by Vivienne Bates on 20 June 2022

Narco-Capitalism: A conversation

Blog post by Sebastian Fonseca for Connecting 3 Worlds   A few weeks ago, Dr Maziyar Ghiabi at the University of Exeter published the article ‘Critique of everyday narco-capitalism’ – an excellent analysis intersecting the drug culture, dynamics of capitalism and daily experiences on the ground from Afghanistan, Myanmar and Colombia (image 1 – Ghiabi […]

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Posted by Sebastian Fonseca on 2 May 2022

Writing Retreat at Heidesee

March 2022 Dora Vargha, Sarah Marks and Edna Suárez-Díaz gathered for a secluded space of writing and planning the next activities of the C3W project. A position paper is the result of the stay at Heidesee, soon to be submitted for publication. Read more about the presentation here.

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Posted by Vivienne Bates on 20 April 2022

In Memoriam

It is with broken hearts that we share the news of Mateusz Zatoński’s recent death at the age of 34. Mateusz was a brilliant historian, wonderful and generous colleague, an energetic health activist, and a friend to several project members. It is incomprehensible that we will no longer exchange ideas, have long conversations about socialism […]

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Posted by Dora Vargha on 14 February 2022

Podcast “Global Health: A View From the Socialist World”

2 February 2022 Professor Dora Vargha talked about socialism and global health in the podcast series organised by the Research Center for the History of Transformation at the University of Vienna. In this episode, Moderated by Anna Calori (RECET), Dora reflects upon the role of the socialist world in shaping the recent history of medicine, […]

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Posted by Vivienne Bates on 3 February 2022

For a deeper Analysis of Vaccination Campaigns in Contemporary Historical Research

On November 24th, 2021, the ‘Connecting 3 Worlds’ team organised the first seminar on Vaccination Campaigns – a comparative analysis of perspectives in historical research between post-war Poland and Italy. The event was hybrid, with some members online and others at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (our hub at the University […]

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Posted by Dora Vargha on 17 January 2022

New publication: Health for all? Histories of international and global health by Mary Brazelton

Health for all? Histories of international and global health. History Compass. 2021;e12700. Mary Augusta Brazelton, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge   (Abstract): This essay presents a survey of recent work in the history of international and global health from the mid-nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. It considers longstanding […]

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Posted by Dora Vargha on 15 December 2021


“Connecting three worlds: socialism, medicine, and global health after WWII”   Hybrid Workshop International House, Freie Universität Berlin The inaugural event at the UNAM offices in Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) provided a friendly environment for the first international meeting of the project, enabling intellectual and personal connections among project members, collaborators and advisors. The workshop […]

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Posted by Dora Vargha on 19 November 2021