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Julie Livingston

Julie Livingston

Professor, History Department, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

From public health to history and anthropology, African historian Julie Livingston takes an innovative stance to improve conditions for African patients and clinical staff, particularly regarding cancer, and issues of pain and palliation. A Fulbright-Hays and Rutgers University Fellow, Livingston’s body of work builds on over a decade of research, mainly in Botswana, exploring questions of disability, chronic illness, aging, suicide, personal debt, care giving, disgust, and citizenship. This committed ethnographer conceptualizes the human body as a moral condition, and shows the ethical implications of the different “pain relief politics” existing in the Global South and North.

Breaking the Wall of Pain. How Ethnography Can Help to Identify the Hidden Epidemic of the Global South