Global Humanitarian Medicine
The Research Group Global Humanitarian Medicine explores expert hierarchies in the field of global health. It conducts the project Medical Internationalisms and the Making of Global Public Health (Dr.GLOBAL), funded by a Freigeist (Free Spirit) Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation. The project explores the internationalization of the medical professions in France, Cuba and the US and especially the ways in which health work in the global South becomes valuable for domestic medical careers.
Dr.GLOBAL seeks to understand the regimes of education and of valuation that connect medical aid abroad to domestic expert struggles, thereby creating new spaces of health expertise at home. For example, struggles between (curative) ‘biomedicine’ and (preventative) ‘social medicine’ not only affect responses to cholera in Haiti. They also affect the lessons learned from missions in Haiti in countries like the US, where social medicine projects developed in Haiti are re-imported to work with underserved communities in the US.
Going beyond Anglo-centric diffusion stories, the project draws attention to the medical South in the North and develops new methods for understanding medical authority in global society. Combining insights from sociological field analysis, cultural valuation studies, postcolonial studies, and medical history and anthropology, the project aims to lay the groundwork for a transnational sociology of medicine.