Law, Difference, and Healthcare

Making Sense of Structural Racism in Medico-Legal History

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 8:30am to Fri, 06/07/2019 - 2:30pm
300 Wallace Hall
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event
Princeton University Community: Faculty, Fellows, Students, Staff

A Conference and Workshop

Four panels will engage historiograph(ies), spatialit(ies), legalit(ies) and communit(ies), as well as methodolog(ies).

The workshop will remix approaches in the history of medicine and legal history. What does a medico-legal history that accounts for both individual and collective racism in medicine, space, law and its legalities look like? What historiographical interventions are today’s scholarship making? What new methodologies and archives are emerging? Despite extensive work on structural competencies, determinants of health, and the history of medical racism, racialized health disparities persist in the United States and globally. The workshop will consider structural dimensions of health that have long been relegated to the margins of the field.

Registration is now open to the public. Interlocutors and outside observers are welcome. Full details are available on the conference website.


Deirdre Cooper Owens, Queens College
“Getting Rid of Exceptionality Narratives: Why Understanding the History of Structural Racism in Reproductive Medicine Matters”
Dayna Bowen Matthew, University of Virginia School of Law
“Dehumanization, White Supremacy, and Public Health Law: Three Reasons Why America’s Past Is Not Even Past”