Joint UWindsor – UMichigan Colloquium: Knowledge Networks and Health Innovation

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Knowledge Networks and Health Innovation in the (North and South) Americas

 an international joint colloquium – University of Michigan/ University of Windsor

 Ann Arbor Room, University of Michigan Detroit Conference Center

April 13-14, 2016 — free and open to the public; free parking

Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Ave, suite 150 

(mid-town Detroit: confluence of Woodward Ave., Mack Ave., and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)

Co-sponsored by:

Canada Research Chair in History of International Health, University of Windsor (Steven Palmer)

Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Michigan (director: Alexandra Minna Stern)

The colloquium assembles leading health researchers from Canada, the United States, Cuba, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Portugal to look at patterns of collaboration driving innovations in medical and public health research, practice and policy in the Americas from the late 19th century to the present.  Participants will present new research on alternative players within traditional groups of health practitioners (communist public health specialists and veterinarians, for example); and on actors outside the formal health sector such as feminist organizations, artists and architects, public policy managers and patient activists.  The colloquium will lay out an agenda for the next stage in thinking about the “Americas dynamic” in the interplay of global and local in health innovation.

The colloquium is free and open to the public, and parking is handy and gratis at the University of Michigan Detroit Conference Center, conveniently located in mid-town at Woodward and Mack, right beside Orchestra Hall.  For directions, maps and other relevant information about the venue, visit the UM Detroit Conference Center website at:

For more information, contact:

Steven Palmer at  or Howard Tsai at

Day 1 – Ann Arbor Conference Room, UM Detroit Conference Center

9:00 – 9:15    Opening remarks: Steven Palmer (University of Windsor), Alexandra Minna Stern (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Brazil Initiative, University of Michigan)

9:15 –10:30 Specialist Practitioners: Inter-American and Anti-American Networks

Gilberto Hochman (FIOCRUZ, Brazil): “The Red Network: Doctors, Internationalists, and Public Health in Cold War Brazil”.

Joel Howell (University of Michigan) & Simone Kropf (FIOCRUZ, Brazil): “Medicine, Technology and Politics: Interamericanism and US-Brazil Exchanges in Cardiology in the 1940s”.

10:30 – 10:45   Coffee break

10:45 – 12:45    Feminists: Eugenics, Biotypology, Reproductive Rights

Carol Vimieiro (Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Brazil): “Average, Normal and Beautiful: Bodily Representations in Brazilian Biotypology, 1930-1940.”

Alexandra Stern (University of Michigan): “Genetics and Genomics in Latin America: From Eugenics to Social Justice Uses of Genetics”

María Carranza (INCIENSA, Costa Rica): “The Awakening of the Women’s Movement to Therapeutic Sterilization and Abortion in Costa Rica: Tracing the Propagation of an Interest.”

Annika Hartmann (Justus-Liebig University, Germany): “Discussing the Beginning of Human Life – Medical Knowledge, Transnational Population Politics and the Abortion Debate in Guatemala in the 1970s.”

12:45-1:45     Catered lunch in Center

1:45-2:45       Academics: Styles of Health Research in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Windsor

Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale (Associate Dean of Research and Canada Research Chair [Tier I] in Sexual Health and Social Justice, Univ. of Windsor): “Health Research and Community Connections”

Stephen Pender (Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Windsor): “Friendship, Counsel and Compassion in Early Modern Medical Thought: Expanding the Notion of Health Networks”

Jennifer Willet (Department of Creative Arts, University of Windsor): “INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science and Ecology”

2:45 – 3:30     Brazilians: FIOCRUZ

Nísia Lima (Vice-President – Education, Information and Communication, FIOCRUZ): “Fiocruz: From National to Global Matrix of Health Research”

(commentary by Diego Armus, Alexandra Minna Stern, Steven Palmer)

3:30 – 3:45    Coffee break

3:45 – 4:45     Keynote Presentation

Marcos Cueto (FIOCRUZ, Brazil): “Lost in Translation? Brazil, AIDS, Anti-retrovirals, the World Health Organization and Global Health, 1996-2005”

4:45 – 5:00     Presentation on digital network mapping by University of Windsor History seniors, Salma Abumeeiz, Kyle Lariviere and Kayla Dettinger

5:00 – 6:00    RECEPTION: Greetings from representatives of the University of Windsor, and Nísia T. Lima, Vice-President of Education and Communications, FIOCRUZ.


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DAY 2 – Ann Arbor Conference Room, UM Detroit Conference Center

9:00 – 10:30      Clinicians, Technicians, Veterinarians: Alternative Networks to the North

Francisco Javier Martínez-Antonio, (Universidade de Evora, Portugal): “Spanish and Cuban Scientific Connections with Latin America and the Caribbean in the 19th Century with Respect to Yellow Fever”

Reinaldo Funes (University of Havana and Yale University): “Canadian Animal Genetics and Stockraising in Socialist Cuba, from the Revolution to the Collapse of the Socialist Bloc”

10:30-11:00      COFFEE BREAK

11:00 – 12:30   Journalists, Activists, Public Policy Players: Ethics and National and Transnational Networks

Ingrid Peritz (Globe and Mail reporter, 2015 Michener Award Recipient): Interview by Steven Palmer about her coverage of the Thalidomide Victims’ Association 2015 petition to Canada’s Parliament for just settlement.

Susan Reverby (Wellesley College): Interview by Palmer and Erin Gallagher-Cohoon (University of Saskatchewan) about her experience of unusual degrees (for a historian) of notoriety for uncovering the US Public Health Services inoculations of Guatemalans with syphilis in 1946-47, research that led to an official apology to the people of Guatemala by the United States government.

Lunch in Conference Center

1:30-3:00       Artists, Designers, Architects: “Miracles in Modern Medicine”

Screening of the film, “Miracles in Modern Medicine” (1967, 19 mins), directed by Robert Cordier, with cinematography by John Palmer

Steven Palmer (University of Windsor): “International Art and the Making of the Meditheatre at the Montreal World Exhibition (Expo 67)”

Kirsten Ostherr (Rice University): Critical commentary on the significance of the Expo medicine film by the author of Medical Visions: Producing the Patient through Film, Television and Imaging Technologies (Oxford, 2012)

Joy Knoblauch (University of Michigan): Critical commentary on the architectural elements of the Man and His Health pavilion and its Meditheatre, where the Expo medicine film was shown, by the author of “The Work of Diagrams, From Factory to Hospital in Postwar America,” Manifest, A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism (2013).

3:00-3:15       Coffee break

3:15-4:00       Multiple Actors, Multiple Locations

Diego Armus (Swarthmore College): “Global and Local in the History and Historiography of Cigarette Smoking”

4:00-4:30       Plenary discussion about networks in history and in historical research.


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