Patients to Agents: Transnational Breast Cancer Advocacy in the United States and Germany

In this AICGS webinar, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Alissa Bellotti presents the evolution of breast cancer awareness and advocacy, the influence of American organizations on advocacy in Germany, and the implications for this advocacy in policy formation and research funding.

In recent years, new forms of personal identities have accrued significant political power. One such identity is medical patients, and nowhere is their political clout clearer than in the American breast cancer advocacy movement. But have the advocacy and fundraising models developed in the United States transferred to Europe? This seminar offers some initial answers to this question by delving into the recent history of breast cancer advocacy in Germany and tracing American influences there. We will discuss several different forms of American influence, as well as their limits, ending with a brief discussion of the possible implications these new forms of advocacy may have for breast cancer policy formation and research funding distribution.

Supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office (FF)

October 6, 2021

Building a Smarter German-American Partnership