Masterclass with Rosemary J. Jolly

9 March 2020
Institute of Advanced Studies, UWA
Honours Students, Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics, Professional Researchers


Decolonial/Postcolonial Narratives and the Critical Medical Humanities

A masterclass with Professor Rosemary J. Jolly, Weiss Chair, Humanities in Literature and Human Rights, Pennsylvania State University and 2020 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

This masterclass will examine how we move from “Tropical Medicine” on the one hand and “Traditional Medicine” on the other to a genuinely postcolonial history of Medicine, which understands ‘Medicine’ as both threat and cure at different times in different contexts.  

This masterclass offers a general context for postgraduate work on Health and Humanities – researchers from any period and any Humanities discipline are welcome to attend.

Rose Jolly was born in South Africa and left for Canada in 1981 due to the apartheid regime of the time. She came to Penn State in 2013. Her overarching interest is in the ways in which representations of violence and reconciliation actually affect inter-governmental, inter-community and inter-personal relations in contexts of conflict. Her work explores the links between living conditions of extreme deprivation, gender-based violence and coercion, and the HIV pandemic. She has worked with victim-survivors of state sponsored torture, gender-based violence, and communities fractured by illness globally. She explores the ethics of working with highly vulnerable communities in research and development.

She has published in the fields of South African literature and culture, postcolonial theory, and the critical medical humanities. Her work has involved mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She is particularly experienced in qualitative analysis of oral testimony and tools of qualitative research that involve embodied gesture in addition to conventional verbalization.

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