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News from the Health Tomorrow Journal

 

  • Get to know HTII: Where to find our latest volume

  • Update on Volume 5: Submissions now closed

  • Opportunities to contribute: Seeking review authors

 

Get to know HTII

Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality (HTII) is an open access, peer review journal based out of York University. We are dedicated to publishing research that is relevant to issues of health from social justice perspectives.

 

Explore our latest volume to learn more about HTII. Below is a sample of some of the dynamic research you can find online. You can access these articles and many more through our online archive: http://ht.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/ht/issue/archive.

 

HTII Is committed to equitable access to information and welcomes your feedback on improving the accessibility of our published materials. If you encounter any barriers on our website, please let us know by sending an email to htii@yorku.ca.

 

Volume 4 Highlights:

Narratives of resistance: (Re) Telling the story of the HIV/AIDS movement – Because the lives and legacies of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities depend on it” by Ciann L. Wilson, Sarah Flicker, Jean-Paul Restoule and Ellis Furman

 

Abstract

Centering the narratives of the intersectional struggles within the HIV movement for Indigenous sovereignty, Black and People of Colour liberation, and LGBTQ rights tirelessly fought for by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities legitimates their lives and legacies within the movement; and the relevance of a focused response to the HIV epidemic that continues to wreak devastation in these communities. The recent political push for a post-HIV era solely centers the realities of middle-class white, gay men and has genocidal implications for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities.

 

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities; social movements; narrative

 

About the authors

Ciann L. Wilson is an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University where her areas of interest build off her community-engaged work to include critical race theory, anti-/de-colonial theory, African diasporic and Indigenous community health, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive wellbeing and community-based research. Her body of work aims to utilize research as an avenue for sharing the stories and realities of African diasporic and Indigenous peoples and improving the health and wellbeing of these communities.

 

Sarah Flicker is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Her research and teaching focuses on health equity, ethics and community based participatory research.

 

Jean-Paul Restoule is Anishinaabe and a member of the Dokis First Nation. He is Associate Professor of Aboriginal Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto where he coordinates the Adult Education and Community Development Program and Transformative Learning Centre.

 

Ellis Furman is a Masters Student in the Community Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Ellis’s work focuses on the experiences and service access needs of gender non-conforming and trans young people.

 

Who benefits from hospital birth? Perceptions of medicalised pregnancy and childbirth among Andean migrants in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia by Karolina Kuberska

 

Abstract

This paper uses ethnographic data on reproductive experiences of indigenous Andean migrant women in the lowland eastern Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra as a starting point for discussion of different perspectives on the efforts of the Bolivian state to biomedicalise the processes of pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnant women and babies up to six months of age are covered by the state-funded Universal Mother-Infant Insurance (SUMI) that favours the use of biomedical facilities over the services of traditional midwives that are not covered by the insurance. Unlike in the western Andean highlands of Bolivia, most women in Santa Cruz give birth in hospitals while actively negotiating their options. They are not motivated by strictly medical factors as social or economic circumstances also come into play. Simultaneously, the increased levels of hospital deliveries in Bolivia translate into decreased levels of maternal and perinatal mortality, which in turn help Bolivian statistics to fare better from the point of view of the government and international bodies, such as the WHO. However, the restrictions on qualifying for SUMI are such that women in Santa Cruz are often forced to meet the costs of medical services themselves. I argue that the initial socio-biomedical intention of SUMI has become obscured by its political impact.

 

Keywords: biomedicalization; traditional medicine; migration; childbirth; Santa Cruz de la Sierra; indigenous peoples

 

About the author

Karolina Kuberska, PhD, University of Birminghamam:

I am a medical anthropologist with background in cognitive linguistics. The core of my research interests lies within the scope of medical anthropology, with a specific focus on maternal health. My previous research project looked at postnatal health of Andean migrant women in a lowland Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. More particularly, I studied the ways in which a typically Andean postpartum illness occurring in an unusual lowland setting could be seen as a social problem, rather than just a bodily dysfunction. I focused on the relationships between emotions, sociality, and well-being as well as understandings of the body that incorporate traditional and biomedical notions.

 

In September 2016 I joined the University of Birmingham as a postdoctoral fellow on an Economic and Social Research Council-funded project “Death Before Birth: Understanding, informing and supporting the choices made by people who have experienced miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth” that explores socio-legal intersections of decision-making processes in the experiences of pregnancy loss. I am particularly interested in the understandings of personhood, kinship, memory-making as well as bereavement care pathways.

 

Update: Volume 5 submissions now closed

The submission deadline for Volume 5 of Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality (HTII) is now passed. We are excited to be entering our fifth season with a diverse range of articles from established and emerging scholars on the theme of ‘taking back health’. Authors were invited to consider health from a range of perspectives, specifically by orienting their research towards critical race and critical disability approaches, as well as by drawing on decolonization and other counter-hegemonic strategies.

 

If you submitted your work before our deadline, your article is now under peer review. Authors will be contacted by a member of the editorial team with the results of the review in the early fall.  

 

Seeking review authors

In support of the project of ‘taking back health’, we are seeking review authors for the following titles:

 

Neoliberal Ebola: Modeling Disease Emergence from Finance to Forest and Farm (2016)

Eds Wallace and Wallace

 

Health and Difference: Rendering Human Variation in Colonial Engagements (2016)

Eds Widmer and Lipphardt

 

It's Madness: The Politics of Mental Health in Colonial Korea (2016)

By Theodore Jun Yoo

 

Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tataihono – Stories of Mental Healing and Psychiatry (2016)

By Wiremu NiaNia, Allister Bush, David Epston

 

Slum Health: From Cell to the Street (2016)

by Jason Corburn and Lee Riley

 

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (2013)

By Seth Homes

 

States of Disease: Political Environments and Human Health (2017)

By Brian King

 

Review essay:

Being Alive Well': Health and the Politics of Cree Well-Being (2000)

By Naomi Adelson


Contact the HTII Editorial Team at htii@yorku.ca to sign up for any of the above titles. Alternatively, authors are welcome to propose new titles for review.