Tolulope Fadeyi Discussion

                 Rethinking Decolonisation: African Knowledge, Religion and Global Health

                                 Doctoral Workshop Organised by Tolulope Esther Fadeyi (University of Basel, Switzerland)

                                                                                     Monday 29th May 2023 (Virtual) ECT

Decolonization discourses on African medicine lend credence to development in the West and largely dismiss the relevance of local knowledge systems and practices to global health. These misconceptions about Africa changed after WW2 to contemporary times as Africa became the hub for experimenting with innovations that have accelerated global sustainable development in the healthcare sectors. Challenging imperial domination in African medical history, this workshop looks beyond the delegitimisation of healing institutions to reflect on African contributions in the field of global African medicine. In particular, it focuses on methods, approaches, knowledge, and practices initiated by Africans which have been and are still relevant in global spheres. At a time, where reframing traditional health through heritage discourses and practices may present a route to the institutionalisation of these practices, this workshop brings into dialogue, through the lens of decolonisation, how local knowledge fosters global policies to address the escalating menace of mortality in contemporary time.

Through an interdisciplinary approach from history, anthropology, religion, and public and global health, this workshop examines the role of Africa in the development of knowledge, innovations, and policy related to health - with a focus on themes with international reach (such as healthcare systems, environmental health, maternal health, African traditional medicine, religious belief systems, and healing, etc.). Research questions could include but are not limited to: What sources and methodologies are used in the reconstruction of the history of global health in Africa? How is decolonialisation/ty impacting African contributions to global health? How have the foundational roles of culture and religion influenced African contributions? What medical innovations can be credited to the African continent? What are the potentials and constraints of decolonising the history of global health? How have Africans shaped developments in medical practices and global health sectors? What is the significance of African indigenous knowledge in the history of global health? Is it right to suggest that Africans have been represented in international health organisations? T3pxdz09


Meeting ID: 692 1425 8644

Passcode: 823648


10:00 - 10:10: Welcome and Introduction (Tolulope Esther Fadeyi, University of Basel Switzeralnd)

10:10 – 11:10: Keynote Lecture Dr. Obafemi Jegede (University of Ibadan)

11:10-11:15: Coffee Break

11:15 -12:50

Panel I: Indigenous Knowledge and Approaches

Respondent: Dr. Paul Akinmayowa Akin-Otiko (Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos)

Abayomi Jegede (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow): “Interrogating Local Approaches to Diabetics Healing in Southwestern Nigeria”

Tatenda Catherine Matirongo (University of Zimbabwe): “African Agency in the Field of Medicine: The (Con/Di)vergence between Maternal Mythologies and Biomedical Maternity Care in Zimbabwe, 1980-2000

Ridwan Aribidesi Muhammed (University of Kansas, U.S.A): “Saving Women, Saving Nations”: Iya-Abiye and Reproductive Health Care in Southwest Nigeria”

12:50 - 01:05: Lunch Break

01:05 - 2:30

Panel II: Global Responses and Policies

Respondent: Dr. Adedamola Adetiba (University of Huddersfield, UK)

Perseverance Madhuku (University of Bayreuth, Germany): “Selective Silencing? Global Smallpox Eradication and Vaccine Supply in Southern Africa.”

Isaac Namango (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland): “The Timing of Bites by Malaria-Infected Mosquitoes and the Use of Interventions during the Night in Rural south-eastern Tanzania.”

Ayotunde Ojo (University of Manchester, UK): “Community Collaboration in WHO Malaria Campaign”

2:30: Closing Remarks

“Rethinking Decolonisation: African Knowledge, Religion and Global Health”