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IFRA’s next research training seminar: Researching the history of medicine and health in Nigeria: themes, methods, ethics, and outputs

Date :  Wednesday, 11th of October
Time: 10am-3pm
Place: IFRA Library, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan

The second IFRA’s research training seminar of the semester will take place this week.

Dr. John Manton, medical anthropologist and assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will oversee this programme

Registrations for this seminar opened for IFRA fellows closed. Please note that you must register as IFRA fellow on our website if you are interested in participating in our seminars

About the workshop

The history of medicine and health is of increasing interest to Nigerian scholars, and themes in medical history form the basis of many recent BA and MA theses in social history at Nigerian universities. This workshop outlines the thematic backdrop of colonial and postcolonial health and medicine, with a focus on the role played by institutions and practitioners of biomedicine. It considers where we might find the sources to substantiate our account of the history of biomedicine in Nigeria, showing how state and official records can be complemented by private and institutional archival holdings, as well as by interviews with key informants. Participants are invited to reflect on the ethical issues arising from working on histories of human health, and to imagine a number of ways in which research outputs can be authored and shared with a variety of audiences.

The workshop introduces classic readings by Megan Vaughan and Don Ohadike, and uses texts and a broadcast authored or co-authored by the workshop supervisor, Dr John Manton (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, IFRA Visiting Scholar 2011-14) to examine ethical concerns and considerations, and strategies for incorporating researcher responsibilities in scholarly and popular outputs.


Lachenal, Guillaume, Joseph Owona Ntsama, Daniel Ze Bekolo, Thomas Kombang Ekodogo, and John Manton. 2016. “Neglected Actors in Neglected Tropical Diseases Research: Historical Perspectives on Health Workers and Contemporary Buruli Ulcer Research in Ayos, Cameroon.” PLOS Negl Trop Dis 10 (4): e0004488. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004488.

Manton, John. 2011. “Leprosy in Nigeria and the Social History of Colonial Skin.” Leprosy Review 82 (2): 124–34.

Manton, John. 2015. Uzuakoli in Music and Medicine. Radio broadcast. Resonance104.4FM, 12 June 2015. Available at: (note: the stream may consume over 50MB data for the one hour broadcast)

Ohadike, D. C. 1981. “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918–19 and the Spread of Cassava Cultivation on the Lower Niger: A Study in Historical Linkages.” The Journal of African History 22 (03): 379–391.

Vaughan, Megan. 1994. “Healing and Curing: Issues in the Social History and Anthropology of Medicine in Africa.” Social History of Medicine 7 (2): 283–95. doi:10.1093/shm/7.2.283.

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