Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Medics and Political Violence/Social Unrest Symposium

The Clinic in Crisis: Medics and Political Violence/Social Unrest Symposium

Friday, May 9 –
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Pembroke Center Seminar Room

The Clinic in Crisis symposium took place at Brown University on May 9 and 10, 2014. This two-day symposium explored the wide-ranging and conflicting roles of clinicians in situations of political violence and/or social unrest, including but not limited to:

  • The dilemmas of care and triage that clinicians face under situations of political instability
  • The clinic and clinicians as targets of violence
  • The clinic as safe-haven or refuge from unrest - The complicity of clinical professionals in the control, management, and detention of subjugated populations
  • Impediments realizing professional commitments to medical neutrality

Papers from a range of social science and humanities disciplines were presented and reviewed by external discussants. 

To view the program for this conference, please click here.

Please email medviolence2014@gmail.com with any questions.

Sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies; Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women; Humanities Initiative at Brown; and the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at the Harvard Divinity School.