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CAS Support the 2017 Medical Humanities Conference, Zomba, Malawi

CAS Research Fellow Chisomo Kalinga welcomed guests from across Africa and around the world to attend the first Wellcome-funded medical humanities conference in Zomba, Malawi.

It was a hugely impressive event, a truly international conference with an extremely eclectic (in terms of both geography and profession) mix of delegates, and numerous lively debates and discussions.

- Pete Kingsley, CAS Research and Teaching Fellow

It hosted participants from nations including, but not limited to Ghana, Greece, India, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, United States of America, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. We were greeted by participants based in Malawi and the diaspora as well.

A number of Univeristy of Edinburgh alumni were in attendance invcluding Dr John Lwanda offering the opening keynote. 

The 40+ paper presentations covered a wide-variety of topics ranging from drama and arts-based health interventions, malaria controls in the lower Shire, the history of tsetse fly prevention, art murals from Dedza hospitals, indigenous perspectives in the social science teaching, the effects of globalisation on Malawian herbal clinics, the prevention of violence against persons living with albinism, the film screening of a short documentary titled Make Arts Stop AIDS (MASA), storytelling and mnemonics, representation of disability and people with disabilities in Malawian films and folktales, communication in health and illness in the Bible. The full list of papers can be found on the official conference website

CAS Research and Teaching Fellow, Dr Pete Kingsley presented Absolute zero – a history of elimination aspirations for sleeping sickness, 1945-present, co-authored with Prof. James Smith based on their work with the ERC funded INZI project.   

University of Edinburgh colleague and CAS friend Dr Lawrence Dritsas presented Medical Missionary Collections in the National Museum of Scotland, co-authored with Sarah Warden from the National Museum of Scotland. 

You can find more information on the Malawi Medical Humanities Network here.

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