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Worldviews and health-related stigma

Thursday, 25 October, 2018 - 09:30 to Thursday, 25 October, 2018 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
U-residence (Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussels)
One-day conference

Worldviews and Health-Related Stigma:

a one-day conference.

Thursday 25 October 2018, 9:30-17:00

@ VUB Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus, U-Residence 

People with health-related stigma are frequently ostracised and isolated due to worldviews and beliefs surrounding their condition. In addition, in various countries, specific belief systems and viewpoints often lie at the basis for violent discrimination towards people with health-related stigma. 

The discrimination and violence towards people with albinism in Tanzania is a prime example of how perceptions and convictions can have a devastating impact on everyday life, and how they are foundational for the differentiation between what is considered normal and abnormal. 

This conference delves into how they inform daily (de)humanising practices towards people with health-related stigmas.

We present different case studies which consider the relationship between belief systems and health-related stigmas, and to generate discussion about the role these perceptions and beliefs have in view of health-related stigmas. 

Presenters will be specialists in their disciplines, students and people working in the field (NGOs, governmental organisations) - please register your attendance!

Programme outline of the day:

9:30-10:00  Registration

10:00-10:15 Welcoming remarks

10:15-12:00 Key note speeches:

  • The social integration of individual disorder: the fate of African traditions under globalisation - Koenraad Stroeken (University of Gent)
  • Albinism in Tanzania: Worldviews and persecution of people with albinism - Simeon Mesaki (University of Dar es Salaam) & Theater interventions to reduce stigma related to albinism in Tanzania - Tjitske de Groot (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

12:00-13:00  Lunch break

13:00-14:30  Session 1: Health-related stigma

  • HIV/AIDS stigma: the case of youths living with HIV/AIDS in secondary school in Western Uganda - Emmanuel Kimera (Mountains of the Moon University) & Sofie Vindevogel (Hogeschool Gent) 
  • Albinism in contemporary South Africa: hypervisibility, bodiliness, and popular culture - Frauke Velle & Patrick Devlieger (KU Leuven)

14:30-15:00  Coffee break

15:00-16:30  Session 2: Stigma-reduction interventions

  • Challenging misinformation: albinism and twitter - Charlotte Baker (Lancaster University)
  • Can religion, education and biomedicine undermine the health indicators of a rural community in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa? - Gubela Mji (Stellenbosch University)

16:30-17:00 Concluding remarks by Pieter Meurs & Tjitske de Groot (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)