Professor Patricia Kingori has been successful in applying for the very first round of the Wellcome Trust’s new Discovery Award scheme.
The project, which is entitled, ‘After the end: lived experiences and aftermaths of diseases, disasters, and drugs in global health’ is an 8 year, £6.5m programme. Its central premise is that our understanding of time, shaped by the idea of a clearly discernible beginning, middle and ending, frames our use of resources, our ethics and care in ways which exclude important counter-narratives of what happens afterwards, and what continues or endures. The collaborative project team, which spans four continents and multiple disciplines, seeks to challenge this approach, by asking such questions as,
When are global outbreaks and crises declared ‘over’? What, when and for whom is an end ‘the end’ and what happens after?
How do declarations of ends shape personal experiences of crises and ongoing access to care, health and obligations?
The project will explore lived experiences of time and endings in global health crises, capturing counter-narratives and their implications for global health, and identifying the moral and ethical duties of global health to prioritise broader ideas of temporal legitimacy. Its focus is timely and important as we increasingly face multiple aftermaths, created by both previous and current environmental disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and drug resistance.
The project team is led by Patricia Kingori, Professor of Global Health Ethics at the Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, in multidisciplinary partnership with researchers at the University of Exeter (history of medicine, science and technology; modern literature and medical humanities), Liverpool John Moores University (psychology of time), and the University of Warwick (global health law); and internationally, in Brazil (anthropology and law), Hong Kong (humanitarian medicine), and Sierra Leone (public health).
Photo: Patricia Kingori. Credit: Somerville College.