Decolonising Health: A symposium @ Wellcome Collection, London [24 March]

Decolonising Health: A symposium

12:00 - 17:00

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Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE London, United Kingdom

Explore the relationship between colonialism and medicine today in this symposium, inspired by our ‘Ayurvedic Man’ exhibition, and join thought-provoking conversations about decolonising health in society, science and museums.

Join a panel of experts to consider questions such as:
— How does colonialism play a role in what is seen as healthy in our society?

— How do the colonial origins of science persist in medical teaching, research and global health?

— What does it mean to decolonise a museum’s medical collections and practices?

Sidin Vadukut is an editor, columnist and foreign correspondent with India's Mint business newspaper. He is the author of several books. His most recent work is Bombay Fever, a novel published by Simon and Schuster, that tells the story of an outbreak of a mysterious, drug-resistant bacteria in a Mumbai set in the near future. He is currently pursuing a PhD in early Islamic economics and coinage at Birkbeck College, in London.

Confirmed speakers:
Branwyn Poleykett is an Anthropologist and Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, University of Cambridge.

Priya Khanchandani is a writer, design researcher and curator based in London. Previously she worked on the acquisition of new objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum and as Head of Arts Programmes for India at the British Council.

Elsie Gayle is the founder of Midwifery Conversations, a holistic NGO dedicated to sustainable and ‘culturally safe’ maternity services.

Subhadra Das is a historian, history of science communicator, comedian, writer and museum curator at UCL where she works with the UCL Pathology and Science Collections to tell decolonial stories in engaging and affirming ways.

Miranda Lowe is a Principal Curator and museum scientist at the Natural History Museum. She presents lectures on both curatorial research and popular science, mentors students and works on representation and inclusion as part of Museum Detox for BAME museum professionals.

Sumaya Kassim is a writer and researcher. She is a co-curator of Birmingham and Art Gallery's exhibition on Birmingham and Empire, The Past Is Now. Her article chronicling the curation process 'The museum will not be decolonised' appeared in Media Diversified. She is a contributor to the forthcoming essay collection Cut From the Same Cloth (Unbound, 2018), and is currently working on various projects which explore her interests in decoloniality, memory, secularism, and the politics of emotion.

Dr Stephanie Davis is a scholar-activist, a queer Black troublemaker, and a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East London. She has a specific interest in the intersections of race, gender and sexuality; critical community psychology; critical pedagogies and decolonising academia and dis-ease. She has previously worked in a community development and activist capacity on issues of sexual health with young people and Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and on issues facing her local community such as police harassment and gender and sexual diversity. In 2013, she co-founded Rainbow Noir, a social support and organising space for queer and trans people of colour (QTPOC) in Manchester. As an educator she is inspired by bell hooks’ ‘education as the practice of freedom’ and strives to create learning environments with her students that encourage openness, dialogue, debate, and critical thinking. As a scholar-activist she is excited by the possibilities of working both within academia and beyond its boundaries.

Demi Nandhra is an artist whose practice exploring race, history of psychiatry, identity, inequality and mental health.

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