History Society: Mass vaccination in China

Wed, 27/02/2019 - 18:15 to 19:30
Gordon Cameron Lecture Theatre
Please join us - the Fitz History & Fitz MedVet societies - for Dr Mary Augusta Brazelton's talk on 'Mass Vaccination: Citizens' Bodies and State Power in Modern China'. There will be a formal afterwards.

Mary is an expert on global technology and medicine, and will be offering an interesting look at how people, technology, and the state can influence each other. In this case, she will be looking at how these institutions achieved mass vaccination in China, and how this fed back into wider society.

If you would like to join us for the formal afterwards, please fill in this document so we know how many to reserve a table for: https://goo.gl/forms/CunQj7XyTSjXSPon2 

Fitz people please book on as you usually would, if any non-Fitz people would like to join, drop us a message!

We will be having drinks and snacks in the GCLT from 18.15, so please do come early!

Mary's description: "In the twentieth century, China underwent a series of social, demographic, and medical transformations. My forthcoming book examines the role of mass immunization in these processes, focusing on the people, materials, and systems that comprised vaccination against multiple infectious diseases and how they came together in the Second Sino-Japanese War.

It describes how researchers and physicians in China’s wartime southwest sought to establish large technological systems that immunized as many people as possible in urban and rural areas against a variety of diseases; the work of key figures who assumed prominent positions in the health administration of the new PRC; and the expansion of mass immunization programs to national scales after 1949.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) built on wartime foundations to create vaccination programs that not only eradicated smallpox within the country, but also contributed to the consolidation of state power and authority over individual lives and biologies. Mass immunization programs, and especially their success in smallpox eradication, thus helped make China an exemplar of primary health care at a crucial moment in global health policy."