Mapping Morality in Global Health

26 June 2018 - 27 June 2018

SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

Registration for this conference is now open. Fees are £40 (full price) or £20 (student/unwaged); one-day registration is also available. Fees include lunches and refreshments. Registration closes on Tuesday 19 June. 



Freya Jephcott (Cambridge Infectious Diseases, University of Cambridge)

Wenzel Geissler (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo)

Sophie Hermanns (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge)

Jenny Thornton (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge)



Contemporary discussions about global health are rife with accusations, assumptions and assertions of morality, immorality and the irrelevance of both. New tensions and debates regarding morality in global health have arisen from a long history of colonial and mission medicine, post-colonial internationalism, and ever-changing formulations of equity and provision. Some of these discussions see classical moral reasoning re-examined, for example, the rise of ‘effective altruism’ and its challenges to the role of the emotive and political. Others resent the reliance on big data and pragmatism that shapes utilitarian approaches to global health. The quieter assertions of amorality around pursuits of medical science and the angry indictments levelled at the economic models of pharmaceutical complexes rely on moralising language, too.

This conference will provide a forum to vocalize, exorcise and ignite ideas of morality in global health. By bringing together scholars from disciplines such as anthropology, history, economics, epidemiology, political science, literature and theology, we hope to chart the forms and places of morality in global health.




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), and the Institute of Medical Ethics.


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