A special session of the Culture, Medicine and Power research group, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (King’s College London)

4 October 2022, 13:00 to 15:30 (London time)

Council room (Strand), King’s College London

Open to all with mandatory registration

“Hospitals are undergoing a crisis. Hospitals need to open up to the rest of the healthcare system. They must put the patient back at the center of the medical model...” Heard from Paris to New Delhi, these remarks are symptomatic of an institution which has experienced profound changes over the years.

The edited book Hospitals in South Asia: Health Policies, Care Practices (Jullien, Lefebvre and Provost, eds, 2019) sheds new light on these issues by bringing together researchers from different disciplines (social anthropology, geography, psychology, sociology). It presents an updated panorama of hospitals in South Asia, drawing on the plurality of practices, norms and care facilities, so specific to this region.

During this special work session of the Culture, Medicine and Power research group, the editors and several contributors will come back on the central themes of the book: the place of hospitals with regards to public health policies, the emergence of new aspirations among patients, the redefinition of their relationship with healthcare professionals, and the development of innovative standards/practices. [LINK]


Please note - This session is open to members of the CMP research group as well as any interested person. Light lunch will be offered on site from 12:00. Mandatory registration on Eventbrite.

For those who are unable to travel to London, it is possible to follow this event online. To receive a Zoom link 24 hours before the event, please write an e-mail to: fabien.provost@kcl.ac.uk.


Detailed programme

12:00 Light lunch offered to speakers and registered attendees

13:00 Foreword by Marie Fourcade, editor-in-chief of the collection Purushartha

Introduction by Fabien Provost (King’s College London), coeditor of the book

13:30 Chapter presentation by Sumeet Jain (University of Edinburgh), Clémence Jullien (CNRS), Bertrand

Lefebvre (French Institute of Pondicherry) and Fabien Provost (King’s College London)

14:00 Discussion by Shagufta Bhangu (King’s College London) and Sarah Hodges (King’s College London)

14:45 General discussion

15:30 End of meeting