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Transcultural Controversies in Global Health

Lecture Series 2011

With accelerating globalization, scientific and therapeutic paradigms are transferred ever more quickly between cultures and nations. This means not only that they are adapted and transformed with increasing rapidity, but also that there are more frequent situations where paradigms and techniques from one milieu do not fit elsewhere. Controversies ensue for a number of reasons; for example when „imported“ paradigms and techniques are thought to be culturally inappropriate, scientifically unacceptable, or economically unfeasible. In this lecture series, prominent scientists from Heidelberg and abroad examine the role of globalization in creating – and solving – such controversies.


Images by Julia Pichler and by Donkeyhotey.

This lecture series is funded by the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows”, Research Area C and jointly organized by the Institute of Public Health at Heidelberg University.


Institute of Public Health
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365
Room 007
69120 Heidelberg

Admission free


Health and the Development Industry

by Prof. Kalinga Tudor Silva (Colombo)

Tuesday, October 18, 5-7 p.m.

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Culture, Environment and Hysteria 

by Prof. Annelies Wilder-Smith (Heidelberg) 

Tuesday, November 8, 5-7 p.m.

Traditional Mental Health Therapies

by Prof. William S. Sax (Heidelberg)

Tuesday, November 29, 5-7 p.m.

Transcultural Controversies in Gerontology 

by Prof. Dr. Andreas Kruse (Heidelberg) 

Tuesday, December 13, 5-7 p.m.

Healing the Soul: Spirituality and Religion in Psychotherapy

by Nazli Balkir (Heidelberg)

Tuesday, December 20, 5-7 p.m.  

Mind Food: Medicating Moods in Calcutta

by Dr. Stefan Ecks (Edinburgh)

Tuesday, January 10, 5-7 p.m.

Transcultural Aspects of Epilepsy

by Prof. Einar Wilder-Smith (Heidelberg)

Tuesday, January 31, 5-7 p.m.




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