NOV. 4, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

A California State University, Bakersfield historian will discuss the hygienist movement in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the late 19th century, its causes and resultant reforms, during the CSUB History Department's next History Forum.

Kindon Meik will present his talk, “Contested Space and Contested Voices: The Hygienist Movement in Buenos Aires, 1871-1910,” on Friday (Nov. 7) at 3:30 p.m. in room 103 in the CSUB Classroom Building.

In his talk, Meik will describe the role of hygienists in Buenos Aires, who organized in response to the yellow fever epidemic of 1871 and were spurred thereafter by repeated outbreaks of contagious diseases. “Hygienists in Buenos Aires became increasingly concerned with the sanitary conditions of the individual, of families, and the neighborhoods in which they lived,” he said. “The hygienist movement served as a catalyst for reform as it initiated changes in the nature of the public sphere and use of public space in Buenos Aires during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Moreover, the discourse of hygiene repeatedly shaped state-society relations and figured prominently in the reconfiguration of social class, ethnicity, and the policies dealing with public health.”

The History Forum talk is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the CSUB History Department at (661) 664-3079.