Brown Bag Lecture Series: “Relational Medicine: Decolonization and the Ethics of Care in a Bolivian Hospital” by Gabriella Morales

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

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Kaprielian Hall (KAP), 352
3620 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Gabriella Morales (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Scripps College) will examine the implementation of Bolivian state policies that invoke indigenous relationality as the basis for remedying medical violence and “reorienting” care in clinical settings.

From the speaker: "My research lies at the intersections of medical anthropology, settler colonial/postcolonial studies, and the anthropology of care. I am currently preparing a book manuscript on state-led efforts to decolonize the Bolivian national health care system during Evo Morales’ presidency. This ethnography follows health policy from government offices to a rural municipal hospital to trace the relations that unfold in the context of these reforms. My central concern is with healing and care as tied to quotidian struggles to live a good life; I examine how patients, practitioners, and administrators engage in aspirational and ethical projects under policies that both reinscribe and transform a colonial biopolitics."

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Free Food


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


Anthropology, Dornsife, employees



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