Kylea Liese: Maternal Mortality in the Context of Conflict

WhenNovember 04, 2013 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
WhereHarper Memorial Library, Room 130
Contact InformationCenter for Middle Eastern Studies
DescriptionThe Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a lecture by Kylea Liese:

"Maternal Mortality in the Context of Conflict"

This paper explores the relationships between maternal mortality and war in Afghanistan. Specifically, it examines how local histories of violence shape women's risks for maternal mortality through kinship, infrastructure, and gender relations. The paper discusses how national and international efforts to reduce maternal mortality in Afghanistan function within the "local moral worlds" built from decades of conflict and political instability. The presentation draws on ethnographic data collected between 2005-2008 in Badakhshan, an evaluation of a community midwifery program in three provinces (Kunduz, Takar, and Badakhshan) from 2010, and work as a midwife trainer in Kabul in 2011.

Kylea is a medical anthropologist and certified nurse-midwife whose research focuses on the instersections of maternal risk and social instability. She received her PhD in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University in 2009 and her midwifery degree from Yale in 2012. Her dissertation sought to explain variation in maternal mortality across the Tajikistan/Afghanistan border. She currently serves Alaskan Native women as a practicing nurse-midwife at the Alaskan Native Medical Center.

Co-Sponsored by:
Biological Sciences Division
The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Global Health Initiative
Harris School of Public Policy
Norman Wait Harris Memorial Foundation Fund, Center for International Studies
CategoriesLectures, Receptions
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