Decolonising Global Health: Special Issue of the Journal of Decolonising Disciplines
This special issue on the Decolonization of Global Health is rooted in a global #DecolonizeGlobalHealth movement that has gained momentum among post-graduate students from reading in medical sciences, public health, and global health sciences faculties and programmes. Several universities, such as Harvard University, Duke University, Edinburg University, and Karolinska Institutet – Stockholm have hosted successful Decolonizing Global Health conferences. At these conferences, as a global community, we have considered themes such as existing patterns of unequal power within contemporary global health systems, rooted in coloniality, and reproduced via neo-colonial practices; the continued influence of coloniality on global health methods, policies, financial practices, theories, and curricula; COVID-19’s role in exposing fault lines within existing global health systems; building interdisciplinary, multisectoral, and international global health collaborations based on mutuality, reciprocity, and respect. These conferences have brought together scholars and research collaborators from varied contexts and geo-political locales, inspiring the possibilities of attaining a key decolonial objective, inter-epistemic dialogue.