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Health infrastructure and Asia’s epidemiological transitions: Historical perspectives

On April 13 and 14, 2022, the workshop “Health infrastructure and Asia’s epidemiological transitions” is organised in Singapore by the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore, and the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo.

This workshop will investigate Asian experiences, and in particular those of East and Southeast Asia, in crafting health infrastructure over the long twentieth century. Asia has long been stigmatized as a source of global contagion, yet relatively little research about the fallout of epidemics in the region is available for an English readership. There has also been relatively little historical examination of the everyday health challenges faced by communities in Asia. With many lower-and middle-income countries in the region having faced epidemiological transitions, especially also due to the increasing impact of climate change, and its extensive internal and international migration and trade networks, Asia provides important ground for the comparison of different health infrastructures, their developments, and their ability to cope with crises.

The workshop seeks to bring together scholars with different geographic foci within Asia to engage in a comparative and connective dialogue, and produce new ways of understanding the dynamics of health and disease under the processes of decolonization and development, but also with an eye to drawing lessons from the past that could lead to formulating better health policies in the present.

Deadline call for papers: October 31, 2021.
More information is found here.