Transnational Bodies

Transnational Bodies: Disability, Illness, and Health in Latin America

Man in wheelchairCoordinated by
Prof. Clare Barrington (UNC-CH, Health Behavior Department, Global Public Health,
Prof. Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Espitia (UNC-CH, Romance Studies,
Prof. Krista Perreira (Public Policy/Carolina Population Center, UNC-CH,
Prof. Raúl Nechochea, (UNC-CH, Department of Social Medicine, Adjunct Department of History,
Tara Casebolt (UNC-CH, Maternal and Child Health,
Elizabeth Jones (UNC-CH, Romance Studies,

This working group aims to expand the questions of disability, illness, and health previously examined by the Gender, Health, and Migration working group to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty, staff, and students. The retitled group, Transnational Bodies: Disability, Illness, and Health in Latin America, aims to expand the prior focus on gender and health to include the various ways individuals across Latin America think about their bodies and the complex ways those bodies are framed. This reframing creates a group that is hospitable to scholars in both the science and the humanities, with one of the group’s principal goals being information sharing between fields that are often separate.

On November 29, 2018, the working group sponsored scholars Sarah Horton and Natalie Lira to UNC-Chapel Hill to present their work on the topics of eugenics, race and disability. The event showcased how interdisciplinary collaboration can contribute to important ongoing conversations.

‘Bodies Across the Border’ Event Addresses Race, Health and Eugenics in the US

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