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The field of medicine and the health sciences generally continue to struggle with the complexities of race as a social construction and the impact of racism on biological and physiological terms with respect to health outcomes on racialized populations. Likewise, the critical medical humanities/ health humanities have yet to fully engage race and racism with a fully engaged critical perspective. This talk will explore the ways in which Critical Race Theory may be brought to bear on Critical Medical Humanities approaches.

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 Esther L. Jones                                       

Esther L. Jones is an Associate Professor of English and the E. Franklin Frazier Chair of African American Literature, Theory and Culture currently serving as Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Clark University in Worcester, MA, USA.  Her research specializations include race and gender in the medical humanities, literature and medicine, speculative fiction, and black diasporic women’s literature. She is the author of Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (2016) and currently editor-in-chief of the major reference work, the Handbook of Critical Health Humanities, Race and Ethnicity.