Willkommen bei der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ethnologie und Medizin (AGEM)
Die AGEM ist ein 1970 gegründeter gemeinnütziger Verein mit dem Ziel, die Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Medizin, den angrenzenden Naturwissenschaften und den Kultur‑, Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften zu fördern und dadurch das Studium des interdisziplinären Arbeitsfelds Ethnologie und Medizin zu intensivieren.
Was wir tun
- Herausgabe der Zeitschrift Curare
- Durchführung von Tagungen
- Dokumentation von Literatur und Informationen
Ethics seminars by the St. André International Center for Ethics and Integrity
Ethics seminars offered by the St. André International Center for Ethics and Integrity (France)
St. André International Center for Ethics and Integrity is pleased to announce the following Ethics seminars for 2024
Ethics of End-of-Life Care: Contributions from the Arts and Humanities (February 11–17, 2024, in Rome, Italy)
Ethics Educators Workshop (September 16–20, 2024, in Rochefort du Gard, near Avignon, France)
Bioethics Colloquium (September 23–26, 2024, in Rochefort du Gard, near Avignon, France)
Health Care Ethics: Catholic Perspectives (October 22–26, 2024, in Rochefort du Gard, near Avignon, France)
More info here
If you are interested in participating or have questions about the seminars, please contact Dr. Jos Welie MA, MMeds, JD, PhD, FACD directly: info[at]saintandre.org.
Liberation Medicine: Past, Present and Future
At the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 27th to 29th February 2024.
WORKSHOP: „LIBERATION MEDICINE: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE”
Date: 27 – 29 February 2024
Organizers: Amand Führer (Institute for Medical Epidemiology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg) and Julia Vorhölter (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (Deadline is 10th January 2024)
„Medicine, the hospital, and the clinic (…) can be isolated, closed off, from the external world and from the experiential world of patients. Or they can provide a space where new ways of addressing and responding to human misery are worked out.
(…) [What might medicine become] if (…) it could see the suffering that enters the clinic as an expression of the tragic experience of the world [?] We might have the basis for a liberation medicine, a new medicine, like a new theology, fashioned
out of hope.” (Scheper-Hughes 1992: 215)
In her book Death Without Weeping (1992), Nancy Scheper-Hughes coined the term „liberation medicine”, which aims to place the individual experience of illness in a larger social context and use it as a starting point for critical thinking and resistance. Illness, so the basic premise of liberation medicine, is a form of passive resistance which can be turned into an effective political strategy. Accordingly, medicine is understood as a „critical practice of freedom” that can create spaces for patients and medical staff in which new ways of dealing with human suffering are negotiated. Proponents of liberation medicine look beyond the sick individual to social structures that prevent disadvantaged people and population groups from realizing their right to health. They see the potential and, in fact, the moral obligation of medicine – in practice as well as in research – to treat not only illness itself, but to also reflect, and if possible act, on the structural inequalities which cause it. Liberation medicine thus stands in stark contrast to a neoliberal health ideology, according to which illness and health are the responsibility of the individual. In debates on global health, the idea of liberation medicine has been evoked to reflect on the complex interdependencies of illness and inequality. Access to medical care, in this view, is not simply a technical problem; it is a political one. For critics of the global health regime who question the continuing dominance of Western actors and institutions, liberation medicine furthermore entails a far-reaching decolonization of medicine. Medical knowledge and medical interventions should serve to liberate and heal the disadvantaged instead of contributing to oppression. Although the underlying principles of liberation medicine also apply to many aspects of medicine in the Global North, the concept has not received much attention in mainstream medical research and practice. Within European medical anthropology and public health research, for example, there is hardly any work that engages with liberation medicine – neither as an analytical concept, nor as an ethical imperative for practice. This is where our workshop seeks to intervene.
Our aim is twofold: First, we want to develop a comprehensive understanding of existing debates on liberation medicine or related concepts in different disciplines. Second, we want to assess liberation medicine’s analytical and practical potential for anthropology, social medicine, and clinical practice. Questions we are interested in include, but are not limited to, the following: What are the opportunities and where are the limits of politically engaged medicine? To what extent is it possible and desirable for doctors and other medical actors to not only look at individual bodies in treatment, but also to reflect on and question the structures that (co-)determine illness? And what contribution can liberation medicine make to current debates on decolonization, neoliberalism, and global health?
The workshop seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from the fields of anthropology, public health, medicine, psychotherapy, and related disciplines. We expect participants to submit a two-page statement outlining their motivation as well as a short summary of their planned contribution. Contributions should take up the questions and topics outlined above, but they could take various different forms. We are interested, for instance, in case studies from clinical practice, literature reviews, ethnography-based presentations whichuse liberation medicine as an analytical lens, or theoretical reflections on liberation medicine and related concepts. Together, the motivation letter and abstract should outline how liberation medicine is conceptually, methodologically and/or practically relevant to your work or how it could be made relevant to medical research and practice in future.
There are 15 places available; participation is free of charge. The workshop will be held in English. Travel expenses
can be reimbursed. Please send your applications to: vorhoelter[at]eth.mpg.de and Amand-Gabriel.Fuehrer[at]uk-halle.de
• Letter of motivation and short abstract (2 pages)
• Curriculum vitae in tabular form
• Nancy Scheper-Hughes, University of California Berkeley
• Philippe Bourgois, University of California Los Angeles
• Seth Holmes, University of California Berkeley
PRELIMINARY OUTLINE OF THE PROGRAM:
Tuesday, 27 February 2024
opening with public keynote by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
•Informal get-together for workshop participants
Wednesday, 28 February 2024
• Predecessors and related concepts (liberation theology,
liberation psychology, …)
• Historical development of the idea of liberation medicine in theory and practice
• Reception and deployment of liberation medicine in different disciplines and fields of
practice (e.g. medical anthropology, social medicine, public health, clinical subjects, etc.)
• Public keynote by Philippe Bourgois
Thursday, 29 February 2024
• Future potential of liberation medicine (as concept, as ethics etc.) in different disciplines
• Wrap-up and final keynote by Seth Holmes
CfP Vienna Anthropology Days 2024
University of Vienna, Dept. of Social & Cultural Anthropology NIG
Call for Workshops
Vienna Anthropology Days 2024 – VANDA 2024
September 23–26, 2024
University of Vienna, Dept. of Social & Cultural Anthropology NIG
Deadline March 1st 2024
We are excited to announce the Call for Workshops for the 4th Vienna Anthropology Days aka VANDA 2024, which aims at bringing together scholars from various fields of anthropology, social sciences and humanities.
For more information and submission visit our homepage.
Your VANDA Team