Health and Borders in China, India and the Indian Ocean Region

This workshop will examine the idea of health and borders, including international borders and domestic/internal borders in China, India the Indian Ocean region. It aims to explore issues related to the globalization of health services (such as medical tourism), medical professionals and the flows of international medical standards, as well as the movement of disease across borders and between urban and rural settings. It will also aim to examine health inequities arising from and within borders, due to economic imperatives, changing technologies and environments. This workshop seeks papers exploring lessons learned and new ways of understanding health and international and internal borders, with specific reference to the cases of China India, and other countries in the Indian Ocean region. Postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts.

Theme areas
– Medical tourism
– Movement of skilled medical personnel
– Movement of disease
– Rural-urban inequities in health
– Social determinants of health and their relationship to borders


Professor Laurent Pordié (University of Heidelberg) Making India a Global Health Care Destination: A Social Study of High-Tech Hospitals and Neo-Oriental Spas

Professor Shaoguang Wang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tsinghua University)
China’s health system’s reform

Professor Michael Pearson (Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney)
European Empires and Indian Medicines

Inquiries: Beatriz Carrillo, China Research Centre

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