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Wel­come to the Asso­ci­a­tion for Anthro­pol­o­gy and Med­i­cine (AGEM)
The AGEM is a non-prof­it asso­ci­a­tion found­ed in Ham­burg in 1970 with the aim of pro­mot­ing coop­er­a­tion between med­i­cine, the relat­ed nat­ur­al sci­ences and the his­tor­i­cal and social sciences.

What we are doing

  1. Pub­li­ca­tion of the jour­nal Curare
  2. Organ­is­ing of events
  3. Doc­u­men­ta­tion of lit­er­a­ture and information


Journal of Medical Anthropology

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Jun 12 – Jun 15, 2024

Annual Summer School on Microbes


Cen­tre for the Social Study of Microbes, Helsinki

Annu­al Sum­mer School on Microbes
Cen­tre for the Social Study of Microbes, Helsinki

At present, research on microbes – whether in social sci­ences or in life sci­ences and bio­med­i­cine – is under­go­ing dra­mat­ic changes. A boom of micro­bio­me research since the ear­ly 2000s has shown that microbes are vast­ly more abun­dant in the envi­ron­ment and inside our bod­ies than pre­vi­ous­ly thought. In con­trast to a Pas­teuri­an notion of bac­te­ria as mere­ly path­o­gen­ic, microbes are seen to have impor­tant sup­port­ing roles for health and well-being. Deficit of microbes is now asso­ci­at­ed with every­thing from men­tal health to autoim­mune dis­eases. There is also increas­ing aware­ness of microbes’ vital role in dif­fer­ent ecosys­tems and eco­log­i­cal rela­tions to the extent that imbal­anced micro­bial ecolo­gies are asso­ci­at­ed with glob­al warm­ing, soil deple­tion, and bio­di­ver­si­ty loss.
Recent con­tri­bu­tions from social sci­ences and phi­los­o­phy of biol­o­gy have chal­lenged the one-sided def­i­n­i­tion of microbes as path­o­gen­ic, propos­ing the advent of a ‘post-Pas­teuri­an age’ that takes into account their mul­ti­va­lent and con­text-spe­cif­ic nature. This shift in under­stand­ing human-microbe rela­tions is push­ing the emer­gence of new social forms such as fer­men­ta­tion, often anchored in cen­tu­ry-old prac­tices. These devel­op­ments high­light that microbes are not bio­log­i­cal objects only, and that we lack meth­ods and con­cepts that can account for the com­plex, mul­ti-scalar sets of prac­tices that char­ac­terise human-microbe relations.
The PhD school will last for three days 12–14 June 2024. The first two days will con­sist of group work, includ­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion of pre-sub­mit­ted man­u­scripts, an inter­na­tion­al keynote lec­ture, and gen­er­al dis­cus­sions about the social study of microbes. On the third day, the par­tic­i­pants will take part in the CSSM Day when the expand­ed CSSM team comes togeth­er for inter­ac­tive ses­sions and con­ver­sa­tions regard­ing microbes.
We wel­come appli­ca­tions from PhD stu­dents inter­est­ed in the social study of microbes. Appli­cants from the Glob­al South and mem­bers of minori­ties are espe­cial­ly wel­come to apply.

Appli­ca­tions should contain:

– Cov­er let­ter with a state­ment of inter­est (max 1 page)
– Abstract of PhD project, includ­ing a reflec­tion on how the research project engages with the­o­ret­i­cal and/or method­olog­i­cal devel­op­ments for the social study of microbes (max 2 pages)
CV (max 2 pages)

Accept­ed par­tic­i­pants will be asked to sub­mit a paper or chap­ter draft (max 8.000 words) by May 29, 2024.
The appli­ca­tion should be sent as PDF to by March 31, 2024.
Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be noti­fied lat­est by April 15, 2024.
Accom­mo­da­tion dur­ing the PhD school, lunch­es and the con­fer­ence din­ner, and trav­el to Helsin­ki are ful­ly cov­ered by CSSM. Please indi­cate in the cov­er let­ter if you do not need such eco­nom­ic support.
For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:

The CSSM is a hub for social sci­en­tists and artists con­duct­ing research on human-micro­bial rela­tions. Microbes are not only bio­log­i­cal enti­ties but also shape, and are shaped by, our social worlds. The Cen­tre aims to explore how rela­tion­ships with microbes raise pro­found chal­lenges for social the­o­ry, which demand new social sci­en­tif­ic lan­guage and method­olo­gies for describ­ing and explain­ing the com­plex and entwined rela­tion­ships between human and non­hu­man ani­mals, microbes, and the envi­ron­ment. Not only is this work the­o­ret­i­cal­ly moti­vat­ed, it is key to devel­op­ing sus­tain­able meth­ods of plan­e­tary co-exis­tence in the Anthropocene.

For more info fol­low the link


Jul 1 – Jul 4, 2024

Birth Rites Collection’s Summer School


Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent, Can­ter­bury Campus

Birth Rites Col­lec­tion Sum­mer School 2024
1 July to Thurs­day 4 July 2024
Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent, Can­ter­bury Campus

Birth Rites is a col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art on child­birth – the first of its kind in the world. Our annu­al Birth Rites Col­lec­tion Sum­mer School is a unique pro­gramme of lec­tures, work­shops, sem­i­nars and one-to-one tuto­ri­als. Four inten­sive days will intro­duce you to the col­lec­tion and facil­i­tate a dia­logue between you, your prac­tice and the art­works. The course is led by artist & BRC Cura­tor Helen Knowles and artist Dr. Leni Dothan.
This year’s Sum­mer School explores themes such as: • Col­lab­o­rat­ing and mak­ing work with fam­i­ly members.
• Stag­ing, restag­ing and per­for­ma­tive prac­tice on themes of gen­der, birth, repro­duc­tion, and famil­ial networks.
• How the col­lec­tion informs and unpacks dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives in mid­wifery, med­i­cine and edu­ca­tion, and its poten­tial to improve prac­tice and policy.
• The Collection’s impact on fem­i­nist art prac­tices and the reha­bil­i­ta­tion of visu­al dis­cours­es of birth into art history.
• Cen­sor­ship of art­works on birth, insti­tu­tion­al respons­es, ethics and the law.

Mid­wives, aca­d­e­mics, cura­tors, artists, medics, health pro­fes­sion­als, art his­to­ri­ans, pol­i­cy advi­sors and the gen­er­al pub­lic inter­est­ed in child­birth through the lens of art, are all wel­come. As a par­tic­i­pant, you will enter the course with your own skill set and fin­ish, with a bespoke mul­ti-media pack of visu­al, tex­tu­al, audi­to­ry, pho­to­graph­ic, filmic and per­for­ma­tive mate­r­i­al, to be used there­after in your own future work.

The Birth Rites Col­lec­tion Sum­mer School attracts artists, cura­tors, film­mak­ers and thought-lead­ers as annu­al guest speak­ers. 2024 speak­ers will include: Helen Knowles, Dr. Leni Dothan, Bar­bara Rosen­thal, Puck Verkade, Ana Casas Bro­da, Sarah Maple, Dyana Grav­ina and Dr. Han­nah Ballou.

The Sum­mer School will run from Mon­day 1 July to Thurs­day 4 July at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent, Can­ter­bury Cam­pus. Fees start from £400 for the week, in-per­son. This year we are also offer­ing a reduced rate for online only access to a series of live and record­ed lectures.

Find out more and book your place:


Oct 24 – Oct 25, 2024

Border Crossings: Charity, the State, and Health Care Since 1948


Orga­nized in asso­ci­a­tion with a Well­come Trust Col­lab­o­ra­tive Award, Cen­tral London

Con­fer­ence Bor­der Cross­ings: Char­i­ty, the State, and Health Care Since 1948
24th–25th Octo­ber 2024
Cen­tral London

We warm­ly wel­come sub­mis­sions to a two-day con­fer­ence in asso­ci­a­tion with a Well­come Trust Col­lab­o­ra­tive Award on char­i­ty and vol­un­tarism in Britain’s mixed econ­o­my of health­care since 1948.

In 1946, the Min­is­ter of Health for Eng­land and Wales, Aneurin Bevan, con­demned the extent to which a sig­nif­i­cant part of the UK’s hos­pi­tal sys­tem was depen­dent on the ‘caprice of pri­vate char­i­ty’. How­ev­er, char­i­ty – and vol­un­tarism more gen­er­al­ly – have con­tin­ued to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the devel­op­ment of health­care with­in the UK’s Nation­al Health Ser­vice. Dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, the remark­able impact of NHS Char­i­ties Together’s Urgent COVID-19 Appeal demon­strat­ed the con­tin­u­ing rel­e­vance of char­i­ta­ble mon­ey in the NHS today. 

We invite abstract sub­mis­sions for papers from aca­d­e­m­ic researchers, pol­i­cy-mak­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers which active­ly engage with ques­tions about the role of char­i­ty in health­care sys­tems. Although our own project has focused on devel­op­ments with­in the UK, we also wel­come papers which address these issues from a more inter­na­tion­al per­spec­tive. Papers might address ques­tions includ­ing (but not lim­it­ed to): 

– What eth­i­cal issues are gen­er­at­ed by char­i­ta­ble finance in health-care, and how might organ­i­sa­tions respond to the dilem­mas these pose? 
– Who defines the aspects of health­care pro­vi­sion that are ‘essen­tial’, or are ‘nice-to-have’? 
– To what extent has char­i­ty played a par­tic­u­lar role either in pio­neer­ing the devel­op­ment of new ser­vices or direct­ing atten­tion to the needs of so-called ‘Cin­derel­la’ services? 
– How have atti­tudes to fundrais­ing, and fundrais­ing prac­tices in health­care, changed over the years? 
– What role has char­i­ty played in ‘embed­ding’ hos­pi­tals and oth­er health­care facil­i­ties with­in their com­mu­ni­ties, and what role does it con­tin­ue to play? 
– What roles have busi­ness­es and cor­po­ra­tions played in rela­tion to char­i­ta­ble income in the NHS?
– What impact has char­i­ta­ble fund­ing had with­in broad­er pat­terns of health­care expenditure? 
– What can debates about the role of char­i­ty with­in health­care reveal about the atti­tudes of dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal par­ties towards the role of vol­un­tarism more broadly?

More details and full call for papers avail­able on our project web­site.


AGEM Annual Conference 36
(A)symmetrische Beziehungen
Facetten der Kooperation im psychiatrischen Krankenhausalltag
15.–16. November 2024 im Alexius/Josef-Krankenhaus Neuss

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