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Red Dust: Recovering the History of Leprosy Control in Nigeria and Ireland

Date: March 16th, 2011
Place: Draper’s Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Time: 4.30-6.00 pm

In the framework of the IAS/IFRA-Nigeria Distinguished Personality Lecture Series, we receive Dr. John Manton from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) who will deliver a lecture entitled: “Red Dust: Recovering the History of Leprosy Control in Nigeria and Ireland”. The lecture will focus more particularly on the experimentation of clofazimine in Ireland and south-eastern Nigeria in the 1950s and the 1960s.

Date: March 16th, 2011
Place: Draper’s Hall, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Time: 4.30-6.00 pm

Refreshments will be served after the event.

Dr. John Manton is a research fellow and a member of the Martin Okonji Research Group of the LSHTM working on the Anthropologies of African Biosciences. His research focuses on a set of historical ethnographies of expertise in African medical research, public health, nutrition and development. He is currently doing field work in Nigeria as an IFRA scholar in residence.

To know more about Dr. John Manton research interests, click on the following link:
http://aab.lshtm.ac.uk/JohnManton

Selected publications by John Manton on this topic:

“Mission, Clinic, and Laboratory: Curing Leprosy in Nigeria, 1945-67”, in D. Maxwell and P. Harries, eds., The Secular in the Spiritual: Missionaries and Knowledge about Africa, (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, forthcoming)

“Testing a new drug for leprosy: clofazimine and its precursors in Ireland and Nigeria, 1944-1966”, in P. Wenzel Geissler and S. Molyneux, eds., African Trial Communities: Ethnographies and Histories of Medical Research in Africa, (Oxford: Berghahn, forthcoming)

“Making modernity with medicine: mission, state, and community in leprosy control, Ogoja, Nigeria, 1945-1950”, in H. Ebrahimnejad (ed.), The development of modern medicine in non-Western countries: historical perspectives, (London: Routledge, 2009), pp. 160-83.

“‘The Lost Province’: neglect and governance in colonial Ogoja, Nigeria”, in History in Africa, 35 (2008), pp. 327-345.

"Administering leprosy control in Ogoja Province, Nigeria, 1950-1967: a case study in government-mission relations", in D. Hardiman (ed.), Healing Bodies, Saving Souls: Medical Missions in Asia and Africa (Amsterdam: Rodopi, Clio Medica. The Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine, 2006), pp. 307-331.

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