CONFERENCE – Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology

03.09.2020 - 04.09.2020
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, -, -, England.



DEADLINE 17 February 2020

2020 Conference of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Medical Anthropology Committee in collaboration with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dates: 3-4 September 2020
Venue: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London.


Medical anthropology is a practice of continual empirical negotiation. Our work is situated in cross-disciplinary intellectual spaces and its investigative tools and means of analysis are shaped accordingly, often influencing, and being influenced by, methods in other fields.

The ‘Mobilising Methods’ conference seeks to explore the creative and dynamic tensions that arise in conceptual and methodological terms, from exciting work at the intersections of medical anthropology with public health, primary care, veterinary science and global health to engagement with political economy, systems dynamic modelling, network analysis, the humanities (e.g. history, literature, digital and visual media), political science, psychology, migration, geography , climate change, business studies and the law.

In what ways do our increasingly diverse sets of collaborators understand and engage with our methods, and what creative collaborative possibilities might emerge from such engagement? How do novel methods that seek to create bridges between anthropology and other disciplines create new entities and new analytical spheres of inquiry?

The conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities of contemporary medical anthropology that require engagement with translation, collaboration and communication. We invite (but do not restrict) medical anthropological contributions to the following important areas:

Challenges to the qualitative/quantitative dichotomy as the distinctions blur between qualitative and quantitative forms of inquiry
Translation and collaboration across, and within, the biological, medical and social sciences
Critical methodological engagements with public health, free market ideologies, techno-science and the privatisation of care
Interpretive and critical perspectives on methodological practices in the field of global health
Authority and inequity in processes of translation
Ethics of investigative and engaged methods
Methods, colonial pasts and the decolonising movement
Broader issues of politics, power, appropriation and vernacularisation

This exciting and topical conference invites reflective contributions and conversations on methods and methodologies between medical anthropologists and with those who work closely with us across a range of institutional and collaborative settings and diverse health conditions. It encourages contributions reporting innovative methodologies and communication strategies.

Proposals for panels should be made by 17 February 2020 via this form

Informal enquiries may be made to<>

Call for Panels opens 18 December 2019 and closes 17 February 2020

Call for Papers opens 24 February 2020 and closes 12 April 2020

Registration opens 21 May 2020

Conference Fee:

Non-Fellows – £125.00
RAI Members – £110.00
RAI Fellows – £75.00
Concessions – £65.00
RAI Student Fellows – £45.00

Amanda Vinson
Assistant Director (Administration)

Royal Anthropological Institute
50 Fitzroy Street

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