Is public health history political?
Globalization of risk and transformations in public health

EHESP School of Public Health organizes an international workshop on the topic “Is public health history political?” on 23 and 24 November 2010 in Paris.

Peter Piot recently commented on the outcomes of the fight against AIDS by saying that “at the end of the day, politics made the difference”. Bearing this in mind, the presentations scheduled will focus on four topics:

  • The shock of globalization
  • Public health in times of crisis
  • Expertise and political decision-making
  • Governance, development and health

The opening address will be delivered by Thérèse Delpech, Strategy Director at the French Atomic Energy Agency (CEA) on “Biological war in the 21st century”. Professor Antoine Flahault, epidemiologist and Dean of EHESP, will open the second day with a presentation of the political backdrop during the chikungunya crisis in La Réunion Island in 2006.

This is the second workshop of a series of three conferences organized by EHESP, through its Chair in Public Health History, the Munk Center for International Studies of the University of Toronto and the Institute für Geschichte der Medizin, Berlin-Charité. The workshop is coordinated by Patrick Zylberman and Lion Murard and features a dozen speakers.

Registration and practical information

Admission to the workshop is free and includes lunch for 23 and 24 November.

Registration is required: please contact Anne Le Fustec by email –

Please specify if you will attend both days or only one (23 and/or 24 November) and if you will be present for the lunch break (23 and/or 24 November).

The workshop will be held mainly in English.

Venue: Reid Hall Columbia University Global Center
4 rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris

Download the program of the 23-24 November 2010 workshop – in French) (pdf, 52 kb)

Published on 13 October 2010