Knowledge Networks and Health Innovation Conference

International Colloquium on


Knowledge Networks and Health Innovation in the (North and South) Americas


Wednesday and Thursday, April 13-14, 2016

University of Michigan Detroit Conference Center


Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Ave, suite 150

mid-town Detroit

(confluence of Woodward Ave., Mack Ave., and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)



Organizer: Steven Palmer, Canada Research Chair in the History of International Health, University of Windsor


Co-sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Brazil Initiative, University of Michigan (Director: Alexandra Minna Stern)



Day 1 – Ann Arbor Conference Room, UM Detroit Conference Center


9:00 – 9:15    Opening remarks: Steven Palmer (University of Windsor), Alexandra Minna Stern (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Brazil Initiative, University of Michigan)



9:15 –10:30   Specialist Practitioners: Inter-American and Anti-American Networks


Gilberto Hochman (FIOCRUZ, Brazil):


“The Red Network: Doctors, Internationalists, and Public Health in Cold War Brazil”.





Joel Howell (University of Michigan)


Simone Kropf (FIOCRUZ, Brazil):


“Medicine, Technology and Politics: Interamericanism and US-Brazil Exchanges in Cardiology in the 1940s”.



10:30 – 10:45    Coffee break



10:45 – 12:45    Feminists: Eugenics, Biotypology, Reproductive Rights


Carol Vimieiro (Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Brazil):


“Average, Normal and Beautiful: Bodily Representations in Brazilian Biotypology, 1930-1940.”



Alexandra Stern (University of Michigan):


“Genetics and Genomics in Latin America: From Eugenics to Social Justice Uses of Genetics”



María Carranza (INCIENSA, Costa Rica):


“The Awakening of the Women’s Movement to Therapeutic Sterilization and Abortion in Costa Rica: Tracing the Propagation of an Interest.”



Annika Hartmann (Justus-Liebig University, Germany):


“Discussing the Beginning of Human Life – Medical Knowledge, Transnational Population Politics and the Abortion Debate in Guatemala in the 1970s.”




12:45-1:45     Catered lunch in Center




1:45-2:45       Academics: Styles of Health Research in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Windsor


Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale (Associate Dean of Research and Canada Research Chair [Tier I] in Sexual Health and Social Justice, Univ. of Windsor):


“Health Research and Community Connections”



Stephen Pender (Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Windsor):


“Friendship, Counsel and Compassion in Early Modern Medical Thought: Expanding the Notion of Health Networks”



Jennifer Willet (Department of Creative Arts, University of Windsor):


“INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science and Ecology”




2:45 – 3:30     Brazilians: FIOCRUZ


Nísia Lima (Vice-President – Education, Information and Communication, FIOCRUZ):


“Fiocruz: From National to Global Matrix of Health Research”



(commentary by Diego Armus, Alexandra Minna Stern, Steven Palmer)



3:30 – 3:45    Coffee break



3:45 – 4:45     Keynote Presentation


Marcos Cueto (FIOCRUZ, Brazil):


“Lost in Translation? Brazil, AIDS, Anti-retrovirals, the World Health Organization and Global Health, 1996-2005”



4:45 – 5:00     Presentation on digital network mapping by University of Windsor History seniors, Salma Abumeeiz, Kyle Lariviere and Kayla Dettinger



5:00 – 6:00    RECEPTION: Greetings from Douglas Kneale, Vice-President Academic and Provost, University of Windsor, Michael Siu, Vice-President or Research and Innovation, University of Windsor, and Nísia T. Lima, Vice-President of Education and Communications, FIOCRUZ.





La Feria, 4130 Cass Ave, Detroit




DAY 2 – Ann Arbor Conference Room, UM Detroit Conference Center


9:00 – 10:30      Clinicians, Technicians, Veterinarians: Alternative Networks to the North


Francisco Javier Martínez-Antonio, (Universidade de Evora, Portugal):


“Spanish and Cuban Scientific Connections with Latin America and the Caribbean in the 19th Century with Respect to Yellow Fever”



Reinaldo Funes (University of Havana and Yale University):


“Canadian Animal Genetics and Stockraising in Socialist Cuba, from the Revolution to the Collapse of the Socialist Bloc”



10:30-11:00      COFFEE BREAK



11:00 – 12:30   Journalists, Activists, Public Policy Players: Ethics and National and Transnational Networks


Ingrid Peritz (Globe and Mail reporter, 2015 Michener Award Recipient):


Interview by Steven Palmer about her coverage of the Thalidomide Victims’ Association 2015 petition to Canada’s Parliament for just settlement.


Susan Reverby (Wellesley College):


Interview by Palmer and Erin Gallagher-Cohoon (University of Saskatchewan) about her experience of unusual degrees (for a historian) of notoriety for uncovering the US Public Health Services inoculations of Guatemalans with syphilis in 1946-47, research that led to an official apology to the people of Guatemala by the United States government.



CATERED LUNCH in Conference Center



1:30-3:00       Artists, Designers, Architects: “Miracles in Modern Medicine”


Screening of the film, “Miracles in Modern Medicine” (1967, 19 mins), directed by Robert Cordier, with cinematography by John Palmer



Steven Palmer (University of Windsor):


“International Art and the Making of the Meditheatre at the Montreal World Exhibition (Expo 67)”



Kirsten Ostherr (Rice University):


Critical commentary on the significance of the Expo medicine film by the author of Medical Visions: Producing the Patient through Film, Television and Imaging Technologies (Oxford, 2012)



Joy Knoblauch (University of Michigan):


Critical commentary on the architectural elements of the Man and His Health pavilion and its Meditheatre, where the Expo medicine film was shown, by the author of “The Work of Diagrams, From Factory to Hospital in Postwar America,” Manifest, A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism (2013).




3:00-3:15       Coffee break






3:15-4:00       Multiple Actors, Multiple Locations


Diego Armus (Swarthmore College)


“Global and Local in the History and Historiography of Cigarette Smoking”



4:00-4:30       Plenary discussion about networks in history and in historical research.






Friday, April 15th        University of Windsor



Tour of campus, optional for those with Canadian visas.  Informal meet and greet session with University of Windsor researchers.



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