Africa at Noon on September 12, 2012

Health, Disease, and Healing in the Northern Great Lakes Region of Africa, ca.1500-1920: A Research Agenda

Neil Kodesh
Associate Professor
Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Time and Loca­tion: 12:00pm, 206 Ingra­ham Hall, 1155 Obser­va­tory Drive, Madi­son, WI


This presentation explores the ways in which a deep history of health, disease, and healing in precolonial East-Central Africa provides a novel perspective from which to examine the spread and reception of biomedicine in the region during the first half of the twentieth century.


Neil Kodesh is an historian of Africa with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes region. His research and teaching interests center on health and healing, historical anthropology, and methodologies for writing early African history. His first book, Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda, won the Melville Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association.