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In European health policy and research policy, the ‘inclusion paradigm’ in health research and care is gaining momentum.

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Date 25 September 2017
Time 15:30 - 17:00

This inclusion paradigm is based on the notion that health inequalities are amplified when healthcare and research fail to address the needs of populations and individuals who are physically and culturally different from the male white ‘standard’ in medical research and care.

In order to combat such inequalities, ‘inclusive’ European policies in the areas of healthcare and research thus call for the greater inclusion of diversity pertaining to ethnicity, race, sex, gender, sexuality, and age in health care and research.  As a consequence, the specific research field of Ethnicity and Health is developing in Europe, and ethnicity is being included in health research and care more frequently.

Critical scholarship on the use of ethnicity and race in health research, care, and policy, however, indicates that the manner in which race and ethnicity are included and constructed in these fields might actually be intertwined with and contribute to the very societal dynamics which in fact produce larger societal notions of difference and sameness which underlie some of these societal and health inequalities.

During this lecture Dr Helberg-Proctor will explore the case of the Netherlands, to discuss how scientific knowledge and facts about ethnicity related to health are produced through research practices, and what the consequences might be of the production of this ‘knowledge’ and of these ‘facts’.

About the lecturer

Alana Helberg-Proctor is a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University.

Her research interests include analysis of the use of ethnicity and race in scientific research, health policy and care.

Alana obtained her PhD degree  from the Department of Health, Ethics, and Society at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences in 2017. Her thesis is entitled (Un)Doing Ethnicity: Analyses of the socio-scientific production of ‘ethnicity’ in health research in the Netherlands.

About this seminar series

In this seminar series the relevance and irrelevance of race is being discussed as an object and concept of research in order to explore ways to talk about race without naturalizing differences. The series goes beyond a standard definition of race, one that is allegedly relevant everywhere, and situates race in specific practices of research. In addition the series gives room to the various different versions of race that can be found in the European context and explores when and how populations, religions, and cultures become naturalized and racialized. Scholars from different (inter)disciplinary fields (such as genetics, anthropology, philosophy, cultural studies, history, political sciences, science and technology studies) are invited to address the issue of race through a paper presentation. The seminar is held every six weeks at the University of Amsterdam. Go to webpage seminar series.

Forthcoming events

November 6 - Ir/relevance of race seminar
December 18 - Ir/relevance of race seminar
January 22 - Ir/relevance of race seminar
March 5 - Ir/relevance of race seminar
April 16 - Ir/relevance of race seminar
May 28 - Ir/relevance of race seminar


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