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16. Mrz - 18. Mai 2021

SEMINAR SERIES - Bioethics in Action


We are pleased to invite you to attend the II edition of the Bioethics in Action Seminar series organized by the RUEBES L'Altro Diritto, which is fully dedicated to bioethics and racism.

We have internationally renowned speakers, committed to fight racism and discrimination through anti-racist knowledge and practice(s) in healthcare. Look at the full program attached and save the dates!

Participation is free of charge, registration is open at this link

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09. Mrz 2021

Emergent tissue economies: Immunotherapy and the value of cancer tissue


Webinar in our London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Medical Anthropology seminar series, with Henry Llewellyn, on 9. March 2021, 4-5:15pm GMT (online).

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04. Mrz - 06. Mrz 2021

CONFERENCE - Chronic Living. Quality, vitality and health in the 21st century


Still possible to register as a non-paper participant! 5 amazing keynote talks, 40 open panel sessions covering topics such as “struggles around care”, “living with/at risk”, “the (un)making of space” and “chronic caring” through 380+ papers. Join us!


quality, vitality and health in the 21st century

an international conference

4th - 6th of March 2021, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Keynote Speakers:  

  • Aditya Bharadwaj, Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Jeannette Pols, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
  • Nikolas Rose, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London
  • Susan Reynolds Whyte, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
  • Joe Dumit, Department of Anthropology, University of California Davis

While still (too) many people die from fatal diseases, more and more people all around the world are living with chronic conditions. Qualitative aspects of daily living, thus, emerge as objects of knowledge as well as sites of interventions just as “lifestyle” and “wellbeing” figure as targets of more and more health and welfare interventions. “Quality of life” has become a quality of care parameter measured by medical professionals who provide treatments for diseases that cannot be cured, only lived with. A “normal life” has become the promise in advertisements that pharmaceutical companies bring out. Preventive (mental) health interventions, “positive living” HIV projects, and patient associations, while providing advice and support families on how best to “live with” a particular condition, feed into imperatives of living well.

With this move towards quality, vitality and health, and with chronic living as object at the intersection of knowledge production and intervention, a new politics of living continues to unfold which poses methodological, theoretical, and normative challenges in the social sciences of medicine. Medical anthropology, sociology, STS and other neighbouring disciplines have a long tradition of studying the processes of living with (chronic) disease. Countless ethnographic studies have provided insights about how all around the world people go about their everyday life endeavours while actually living with depression, dementia, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and more. As a result, a wide range of analytical tools and theoretical repertoires have emerged to grasp “chronic living” ranging from experience (intersubjectivity), existential meaning (leading a moral/ethical life), suffering (struggling along), belonging (relationality), doing (tinkering), performance (affordances) or as an object of disciplining (subjectivation).

The Chronic Living conference aims to engage, unpack, explore and tackle quality, vitality and health, which is to say chronic living and the politics of living that are at stake in it, and asks questions such as:


  • What does a politics of living look like today in different parts of the world amidst demographic, epidemiological, fertility and care transitions as well as widening inequality gaps?
  • In which ways is the daily living, quality of life and/or wellbeing of individuals and communities targeted and sought to be improved?
  • How do we get to know about daily living? Whose daily living and whose knowledge?
  • How have the daily lives of persons identified as ‘at risk’ come to be targeted through preventive health interventions and of those living with (chronic) conditions come to be targeted in efforts to improve their lives?
  • How do people with (chronic) conditions and their significant others strive to live as well as possible with disease? Which particular rhythms, disruptions and potentials characterize the antidepressant-lives, chemo-lives, immunosuppressant-lives, dialysis-lives, factor-lives, antiretroviral-lives, transplant-lives, corticosteroid-lives, insulin-lives and more that millions of people (and their families) lead or seek to access?
  • How do (formal and informal) care practices afford people diagnosed with a disease and their significant others to live well? How has the provision of health care and ideas and practices of “good care” changed as in different parts of an unequal world more and more people live with (often multiple) chronic conditions, at times in conjunction with the vicissitudes of ageing?


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25. Feb 2021

SEMINAR - Neglected tropical diseases: reasons for 'neglect' in global health and how attention can be directed in the future


You are all warmly invited to a seminar run by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School Social Science Forum.

Thursday 25th February at 12pm

Neglected tropical diseases: reasons for 'neglect' in global health and how attention can be directed in the future

Speaker: Samantha Vanderslott, Oxford University

Why do some health topics attract attention, funding, action, and resources, while others do not, and are neglected? How are priorities defined and agendas set in global health? Neglected tropical diseases are exemplary of a health topic that has been singled out as neglected. A concerted effort has been made to address neglect and realign the priorities and agenda setting in global health that led to this group of diseases to be sidelined. However, the underlying reasoning and structures that led to their neglect is still a feature of global health, and attention must be redirected to prevent further neglect and the neglect of other health issues that are ignored. A paper from the speaker can be downloaded here:

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All are welcome, no background in social science required. Please feel free to circulate and contact Gem on with any queries.


Warm regards

Gem Aellah

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03. Sep - 04. Sep 2020

CONFERENCE - Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology



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

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7387 0455
Fax: +44 (0)20 7388 8817

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