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November Newsletter

Posted by C3W Admin on December 1 2023

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

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In support of all those helping to change the face of men’s health


Welcome to the November edition of our newsletter, where you will find the latest research findings, activities and events.


I can’t believe we are almost at the end of another year! We have had two big events and now everyone is busy working on research and presentations for events in the following year.

This edition has

  • News
  • Events the team have been involved in
  • Research news


Well Done

Sebastian Fonseca is finishing the 2 year undergraduate module Science, Technology and Medicine in the Cold War for the Department of History at the University of Exeter. It has been an intense and very gratifying time, sharing the content that is fundamental for our Connecting3Worlds project, and also integrating much of the research we are advancing.

He had the opportunity to share about the Special Issue on Community Health that he is working on with Andrea Espinoza Carvajal and  with many collaborators from our team, and also managed to get Liang Wan in one of the lectures to share his PhD research.

It has been phenomenal and well received by students.


Sarah Howard has been invited to join the Steering Group for the Centre for Medical and Health Humanities at Birkbeck. The Centre will be relaunched in Spring 2024, and Connecting 3 Worlds will be one of the featured research projects on the new website. 


Dora Vargha Representing the University of Exeter, Dora delivered one of the keynote lectures at the annual conference of the UK-China Humanities Alliance (UKCHA), held on November 10-11 at Wuhan University

Dora Vargha At the 13th Genealogy of Memory conference organised by the European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity, Dora gave a keynote presentation titled Epidemic Times After the End: A History. The conference addressed memory practices of epidemics, starvation and industrial catastrophes, primarily from an Eastern European perspective. 

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Many of the C3W team – David Bannister, Edna Suárez-Díaz, Sarah Howard, Sarah Marks and Gisela Mateos – were involved in organising and running The Public Good, Planning & Internationalism in African Health, a large-scale oral history symposium, held in South Africa in late September.

Co-organised with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the National University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM), and the University of Oslo, this four-day event brought together 21 senior African health professionals with academic researchers to discuss the past and present of Public Health and Health Systems in Africa.

The discussion was rich and wide-ranging across topics, regions and historical periods, and we expect it to result in a variety of future outputs and collaborations – including one that has already been initiated with the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. See an interview with participant Professor Esther Mwaikambo – Tanzania’s first female doctor, trained in Moscow – on their website here (

Look out for a blog post on our website with more details coming soon!

While in South Africa, the same team members (David Bannister, Edna Suárez-Díaz, Sarah Howard, Sarah Marks and Gisela Mateos) also attended a workshop on 29 Sept entitled Medical Humanities in African Settings at the University of the Witwatersrand, co-organised by David Bannister, Lenore Manderson (Wits) and Nolwazi Mkhwanazi (University of Pretoria). The workshop was a wonderful overview of the breadth of medical humanities research and scholarship in different African countries, as well as collaborative work taking place across regions and North-South and South-North collaborations. Sarah Marks presented on her experiences of working with Ghanaian and Zimbabwean colleagues in the field of mental health.


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Andrea Espinoza Carvajal has written a great blog titled ‘Exploring archives in Ecuador: A reflection on creating memory’ I recommend you take a look at a very interesting piece from her personal experience.

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Sebastian Fonseca will be travelling to Colombia in January to advance some loose ends in his work on the FARC and Community Health. So it’s complementary work to the work he began earlier this year.

 On her return to the UK from South Africa, Sarah Howard managed to fit in a very short but productive trip to Addis Ababa, where she visited the National Archives and the Institute for Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University, met doctors trained under socialism at a meeting about health planning and made other contacts, and also picked up a selection of socialist-era books and pamphlets that can still be found at book stalls in Arat Kilo and around the city.

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