Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

MAGH Seminar: Engaging the Concept of Culture in Public Interest Medical Anthropology

Posted: 11/28/2016 (Local Events)

Drawing on collaborative, interdisciplinary work carried in Guatemala and Denver in the past four years, Dr. Alejandro Cerón discusses the difficulties he encountered finding coherence between his conceptual criticisms of the notion of culture and the practical demands (communication, methods) of doing interdisciplinary work aimed at informing public policy. He draws some lessons from his experience and puts them in the context of contemporary anthropological debates.

Alejandro Cerón is Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Denver. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Washington. He also holds a Master in Public Health and received his Physician and Surgeon Licentiate, both from the University of San Carlos, School of Medicine, Guatemala. In his work, Alejandro Cerón combines a focus on applied anthropology and public health with a strong concern for building inclusive societies. His research examines how people evaluate and procure medicine in Guatemala’s public health system. He also examines chronic kidney disease in Guatemala and teases out how risks factors, treatment adherence, and health seeking behavior shapes people’s accessibility and usage of health care in Guatemala. His work has appeared in the International Journal of Equity in Health, BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology, and American Journal of Public Health.

For more information regarding the MAGH lecture series, please contact Marieke van Eijk.

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Date: 11/30/2016

Time: 3:30 - 4:50 PM PT

Location: University of Washington, 120 Smith Hall