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Palliative care services are increasingly emerging in diverse cultural settings around the globe. Given the large cultural diversity in end-of-life care practices, we ask: How do global palliative care practices translate to various cultural contexts? How do they impact local notions of death and dying? And how, in turn, do culturally diverse practices of end-of-life care shape the practice of palliative care? This project studies the globalization and cultural mediation of palliative care practices, policies and discourses. Our ethnographic research focuses on three countries that are currently building a system of professional palliative care provisions:

Palliative care services are increasingly emerging in diverse cultural settings around the globe. Given the large cultural diversity in end-of-life care practices, we ask: How do global palliative care practices translate to various cultural contexts?

How do they impact local notions of death and dying? And how, in turn, do culturally diverse practices of end-of-life care shape the practice of palliative care?

This project studies the globalization and cultural mediation of palliative care practices, policies and discourses. Our ethnographic research focuses on three countries that are currently building a system of professional palliative care provisions:
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Indonesia
India
Brazil

In Indonesia palliative care is most developed in a few large tertiary hospitals, but is currently including a growing number professional initiatives across the archipelago. Ethnographic research will focus mainly on Jakarta and Banda Aceh.

India has multiple promising palliative care programmes and initiatives, amongst others a successful community-based palliative care system in Kerala. Research for this project focuses on end-of-life care in the capital of India: New Delhi.

In Brazil, palliative care units and initiatives are concentrated in urban centers and mostly located in hospitals. The research will both take place in institutions and follow families in the home setting. Fieldwork will be carried out in the metropolitan context of Sao Paulo and smaller towns in southern Brazil.

News & Events

GPC team audio-visual methods brainstorm with Federico de Musso

On the 17th of November the GPC team had a very inspiring brainstorm about using audio-visual methods in ethnographic research on care. Many thanks to Dr. Federico de Musso for sharing with us a range of ideas on photography, drawing, filming, the role of pictures in research collaboration, and ethics of audiovisual methods and representation. As we prepare for fieldwork, it is very exciting to explore a whole range of possible methods for studying globalizing palliative care.

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Samuels in Research Seminar about Silence and Care at the End of Life at Queen’s University Belfast

Tuesday 16 November 2021 Annemarie Samuels lectures on End of Life Care in the Research Seminar ‘Silence and Care at the End of Life: Multivocality at the Edges of Narrative Possibility’ at the Queen’s University Belfast. Focussing on the ways in which individuals practice end-of-life care, Annemarie Samuels explores how multiple modes of articulation and non-articulation of death and dying affect caregiving interactions within a particular socio-historical situation. This lecture will be held online and participation is free after registration.

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Navigating Boundaries in Ethnographic Fieldwork

On Friday the 5th of November, members of the CADS Institute engaged in a lively roundtable lunch discussion on navigating boundaries in ethnographic fieldwork. The roundtable was intended to share experiences and open up questions about navigating proximity and distance when engaging in research relationships and was supported by the Leiden University Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and the ERC-funded Globalizing Palliative Care research project.

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