Josep Lluís Barona, Professor of History of Science at the Universitat de València and member of the López Piñero Institute for the History of Medicine and Science, will give the lecture ‘Gender Violence as a social pathology’ (La violencia de género como una patología social), tomorrow 3 April at 7 p.m. in the Aula Magna of the La Nau Cultural Centre. Admission is free until full capacity is reached.
Barona will talk about the incompatibility of a healthy society and the presence of gender violence within it. Other topics of debate such as poverty or social exclusion will also be analysed in order to find out if the pillars that sustain the society are compatible with human rights.
The conference will also analyse the concept of social health in relation to the typology of violence against women and its causes. With this objective, Josep Lluís Barona will make use of international reports, especially from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its dimension. For the professor, feminism and activism are essential in a context of patriarchal society, neo-liberal globalisation, neo-colonialism and digitalisation.
Josep Lluís Barona has been visiting professor at the universities of Oxford, Bergen (Norway) and Kumamoto (Japan), as well as visiting researcher at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, in Germany, and at the Rockefeller Archive Center, in New York. He is currently the coordinator of the SANHISOC / Health in Society research group and was vice-rector of Studies and International Relations from 1986 to 1992. He is the author of many books and is the principal investigator of a dozen or so projects. His collaborations with journals such as Le Monde Diplomatique and l'Espill, join collaborations with newspapers such as El País, Levante-EMV or eldiario.es, where he currently collaborates.
His main research focuses on contemporary Europe, especially on the social and political study of diverse fields such as health, hunger and nutrition in the periods between wars. During his time at the League of Nations fund, WHO and FAO, he has analysed health policies, the circulation of knowledge and health policies in times of crisis.