The Politics of Epidemics in Africa Conference - University of Ghana

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Location: Accra, Ghana

Conference Dates: November 17 and 18.

The two-day conference will take place in Accra on November 17 and 18 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the bubonic plague epidemic in Ghana (then the Gold Coast).

The conference will use the occasion to discuss epidemic disease in general and increase dialogue between academics, policymakers, and the general public regarding epidemic preparedness and policy.

Experts from various fields, including public health and health policy, medical anthropology, history of medicine, and others, are encouraged to submit papers.

Papers may concentrate on one or more epidemics, historical or contemporary, in Africa on the following or related themes:

• The impact of epidemics on urban space, population distribution, or migration
• Public perceptions of epidemics
• Traditional perceptions of epidemics and how they have changed over time
• Representations of epidemics in art, mass media, song, or other cultural expression
• The role of health delivery systems and/or traditional healers
• Relationships between communities, local leaders, national and international officials
• Conflict resolution during epidemics
• Religious responses

Please send a 300-word abstract along with contact information to;
Laura J. McGough at; mcgoughlj[at] or
Laura McGough
Dept. of History
University of Ghana
PO Box 12
Legon, Ghana

Deadline: September 1. For further details, see: The Politics of Epidemics in Africa Conference Website

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