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Lunch seminar: "The Moral Economy of International Medical Aid in Haiti" - Pierre Minn

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Minn’s  research focuses on the social and moral dimensions of transnational health interventions.  He is particularly interested in the interface between international health organizations and biomedical practitioners in impoverished settings.   His dissertation, “‘Where They Need Me’: The Moral Economy of International Medical Aid in Haiti,” is based on fieldwork carried out in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti from 2007 to 2009, where he conducted ethnographic research on international medical aid in a large public hospital, where over forty international agencies and organizations carry out diverse health interventions. This study examined the tensions between material and intangible gifts and services, the roles of Haitian health professionals as they simultaneously implement international programs and prepare for emigration, and the moral and emotional dimensions of international aid as experienced by providers, recipients and administrators. Minn has been working in Haiti since 1997; previous research includes an analysis of local illness classifications in the context of environmental degradation and poverty, and a study examining medical humanitarianism and health as a human right for Haitian nationals in a Dominican border hospital. Minn’s current project is an ethnographic study of global health education in North American medical schools. (****RSVP REQUIRED****)

Location: 015 Robertson Hall

Date/Time: 04/10/12 at 12:15 pm - 04/10/12 at 1:00 pm

Category: Seminar

Department: Woodrow Wilson School - Center for Health and Wellbeing