Centre for Medical & Health Sciences Education research seminar series: The origins and consequences of medical racism Event as iCalendar

08 March 2013

1 - 2pm

Venue: Seminar Room 505-003, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton

The seminar aims to present ideas related to the racializing of medical thinking, that is the process that translates the racial folklore circulating in the larger society into a medical doctrine of perceived (and usually imaginary) racial differences. Invidious distinctions between racial types have provided the basic axioms of the racist anthropology of the nineteenth century. Some of these distinctions have persisted in modern medical thinking and practice within some of the major medical subspecialties.

Although the harmful consequences of racially differential medicine have been reported in the American medical literature over the past twenty-five years, medical authorities have taken no significant steps to catalogue or provide training to counteract the medico-racial folklore that causes medical harm.

Professor Hoberman is a European cultural and intellectual historian with special interests in Sportwissenschaft and the history of ideas about race. His books include:

  • Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race (1997)
  • Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism (2012).

He has taught courses on "Race and Sport in African-American Life" and "Race and Medicine in African-American Life" at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is Professor of Germanic Studies.

Please RSVP by 4 March to Fran├žoise Godet

cmhseadmin@auckland.ac.nz