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Challenging Global Health through a socio-anthropological lens

23. Juli – 26. Juli 2024 

Cfp for Pan­el at 18th EASA Barcelona

Cfp for Panel
„Chal­leng­ing Glob­al Health through a socio-anthro­po­log­i­cal lens”
18th EASA Bien­ni­al Con­fer­ence, 23–26 July 2024 (Barcelona)
Dead­line: 22 Jan­u­ary 2024

Short Abstract:

The pan­dem­ic revealed the inequities that struc­ture the glob­al health appa­ra­tus. This pan­el pro­pos­es a space for reflect­ing on the con­tri­bu­tions of anthro­pol­o­gy to the field of glob­al health, as a dis­ci­pline sen­si­tive to nuanced under­stand­ings of health and key to crit­i­cal­ly assess health inequities

Long Abstract:

The COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has brought age-old glob­al health issues to the fore­front of pub­lic debates, reveal­ing the stark inequities that struc­ture the glob­al health appa­ra­tus. From an anthro­po­log­i­cal per­spec­tive, the field of glob­al health is an area of research that links health to assem­blages of com­plex and con­tin­gent glob­al process­es, con­tribut­ing to analy­ses of health inequities and the social deter­mi­nants of health. Hence, the pan­dem­ic has con­sti­tut­ed an unprece­dent­ed oppor­tu­ni­ty for anthro­po­log­i­cal insights to (re)shape debates and prac­tices around emerg­ing top­ics and these clas­sic (but unre­solved) issues.
Build­ing on con­cepts crit­i­cal to under­stand­ing health and well-being (i.e. stig­ma, eth­nic­i­ty, med­ical­i­sa­tion) and dri­ven by con­cerns over ‘glo­cal’ process­es, socio­cul­tur­al anthro­pol­o­gy is unique­ly posi­tioned to advance progress in glob­al health equi­ty. More­over, through key and well-known dis­ci­pli­nary approach­es for method­olog­i­cal self-exam­i­na­tion (i.e. posi­tion­al­i­ty, reflex­iv­i­ty), anthro­po­log­i­cal prac­tice is com­pelled to crit­i­cal­ly rethink glob­al health schol­ar­ly inquiry. In the after­math of a glob­al pan­dem­ic, anthro­po­log­i­cal work in and of glob­al health has nev­er been more urgent.

We invite papers on the fol­low­ing broad themes:

(Mis)alignments between health pri­or­i­ties of local pop­u­la­tions and those of the glob­al health agenda
How glob­al inequities in access to, and dis­tri­b­u­tion of, medicines/treatments/vaccines unfold in local contexts
Crit­i­cal analy­sis of emerg­ing key con­cepts in glob­al health dis­course (eg. glob­al health secu­ri­ty, vac­cine hesitancy)
Case stud­ies explor­ing the role of local com­mu­ni­ties in address­ing pub­lic health prob­lems, Inter­dis­ci­pli­nar­i­ty, method­olog­i­cal and eth­i­cal aspects of socio-anthro­po­log­i­cal research in, and of, glob­al health


Cristi­na Engui­ta-Fer­nan­dez (Barcelona Insti­tute for Glob­al Health (ISGlob­al))
Yara Alon­so (Uni­ver­si­ty of Agder)
Olga Cam­ba­co (Swiss Trop­i­cal and Pub­lic Health Institute)
Neusa Tor­res (Uni­ver­si­ty of Wits)

Please, con­sid­er join­ing us! The pan­el will take place on-site. You can sub­mit your papers here.
Dead­line: 22 Jan­u­ary 2024
We look for­ward to receiv­ing inter­est­ing and stim­u­lat­ing proposals!

Best wish­es
Yara, Olga, Neusa & Cristina