11. – 26. Feb 2024

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]

Fly­er-StAI­CEI 2024 seminars


27. – 29. Feb 2024

Liberation Medicine: Past, Present and Future


At the Max Planck Insti­tute for Social Anthro­pol­o­gy in Halle (Saale), Ger­many, from 27th to 29th Feb­ru­ary 2024.


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] and Amand-Gabriel.Fuehrer[at]

• 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


Tues­day, 27 Feb­ru­ary 2024
• Workshop
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


4. – 6. Jun 2024

Writing Workshop „Healthy Life, Happy Life: Immigration and Health in Post-Pandemic Times”


Cfp for a writ­ing Work­shop at Ca’ Fos­cari Uni­ver­si­ty of Venice

Anthro­pol­o­gy Sum­mer Writ­ing Workshop
June 4–6, 2024
„Healthy Life, Hap­py Life: Immi­gra­tion and Health in Post-Pan­dem­ic Times”

Near­ly four years have passed since the out­break of the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic. Immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties have been some of the most affect­ed pop­u­la­tions with regards to expo­sure to the virus, infec­tion, dis­ease, death, eco­nom­ic dis­lo­ca­tion, stress, racism, as well as long-term trau­ma. These impacts echo what med­ical anthro­pol­o­gists have spot­light­ed about the social pro­duc­tion of sick­ness, social suf­fer­ing, and oth­er health con­se­quences of struc­tur­al vio­lence. Yet, a sig­nif­i­cant cor­pus of work has also high­light­ed immi­grants’ resilient sub­jec­tiv­i­ty and resis­tance to struc­tur­al inequal­i­ties in their every­day pro­duc­tion and man­age­ment of health through self-care, alter­na­tive health­care pro­vi­sions, and transna­tion­al social net­works, among oth­er strate­gies. These immi­grant sub­jects envi­sion, prac­tice, and nego­ti­ate for „good” health and for a „good” life while nav­i­gat­ing social, struc­tur­al, and mate­r­i­al con­straints in the intri­ca­cies of their lived expe­ri­ences amid com­plex and some­times ambigu­ous pow­er dynamics.
Our three-day writ­ing work­shop focus­es on ongo­ing anthro­po­log­i­cal work at the inter­sec­tion of migra­tion, health, and hap­pi­ness. We endeav­or to inves­ti­gate how immi­grants with their own sets of iden­ti­ties per­ceive their bod­ies and man­age their health in pur­suit of a good, hap­py life in post-pan­dem­ic times. Towards this end, we invite sub­mis­sions from anthro­pol­o­gists whose ethno­graph­ic stud­ies explore post-pan­dem­ic trans­for­ma­tions among immi­grants in under­stand­ing health and hap­pi­ness across local and transna­tion­al con­texts. Papers explor­ing the fol­low­ing ques­tions are espe­cial­ly wel­come: (1) Has the pan­dem­ic impact­ed immi­grants’ per­cep­tions of health’s role in the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness and a good life? (2) How do immi­grants re-envi­sion and rene­go­ti­ate both health and hap­pi­ness while nav­i­gat­ing post-pan­dem­ic uncer­tain­ty, pre­car­i­ty, and inequal­i­ties? (3) How do immi­grants’ health prac­tices and health­care encoun­ters since the pan­dem­ic affect these biopo­lit­i­cal sub­jects’ belong­ing and iden­ti­ty mak­ing? (4) What role has the pan­dem­ic and recov­ery played in immi­grants’ sense of health and hap­pi­ness in their new nation of settlement? 

Work­shop Overview:

This Anthro­pol­o­gy Sum­mer Writ­ing Work­shop is sup­port­ed by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Marie Curie Indi­vid­ual Fel­low­ship. It will be host­ed by Ca’ Fos­cari Uni­ver­si­ty of Venice in Italy on June 4–6, 2024.
Each par­tic­i­pant will pre-cir­cu­late their work­ing paper and have their work dis­cussed by fel­low par­tic­i­pants in a sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment. These papers will be even­tu­al­ly con­sid­ered for a jour­nal spe­cial issue orga­nized around the work­shop topic.
To bet­ter facil­i­tate this writ­ing work­shop in the for­mat of small-group dis­cus­sion, we encour­age appli­ca­tions from par­tic­i­pants who are able to ful­ly attend this three-day work­shop in person. 


Grazia Deng, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Marie Curie Fel­low, Ca’ Fos­cari Uni­ver­si­ty of Venice
Andrea Flo­res, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Brown University 


Dead­line for abstracts sub­mis­sion: Jan­u­ary 19, 2024
Announce­ment of accep­tance: Feb­ru­ary 2, 2024
Dead­line for paper sub­mis­sion: May 3, 2024
Work­shop dates: June 4–6, 2024. 


To apply, please sub­mit an abstract of no more than 250 words as well as a short bio of no more than 100 words by Jan­u­ary 19, 2024. Abstracts can be sub­mit­ted online at

Please note that par­tic­i­pants have to arrange their own trav­els and accom­mo­da­tion. No trav­el grants are avail­able. Lunch­es and cof­fee will be provided. 

For ques­tions, please email Grazia Deng ( or Andrea Flo­res (


6. – 20. Jul 2024

Research-creation: critique, care and collaboration through creative practice


Vri­je Uni­ver­siteit Ams­ter­dam Sum­mer School

„Research-cre­ation: cri­tique, care and col­lab­o­ra­tion through cre­ative practice”
VU Ams­ter­dam Sum­mer School
8–19 July

The course is aimed at sup­port­ing advanced Bach­e­lor stu­dents and first year Mas­ter stu­dents. It will be taught in person/on cam­pus and car­ries a study load of 3 ECTS.
For those unfa­mil­iar with the term, research-cre­ation is an approach to research that engages artis­tic expres­sion, schol­ar­ly inves­ti­ga­tion, curios­i­ty, and exper­i­men­ta­tion. In prac­tice, this means that research top­ics are select­ed and explored through a cre­ation process, such as the pro­duc­tion of a film or video, per­for­mance or instal­la­tion, sound-work, zine, or mul­ti­me­dia arts/texts.
This sum­mer, the course will have a spe­cial focus on rela­tion­ships, men­tal health, con­flict in col­lab­o­ra­tions, and the messi­ness of co-cre­ative work. We will draw on spe­cif­ic exam­ples from queer, anti-colo­nial, migrant jus­tice, and Pales­tin­ian lib­er­a­tion move­ments. The course will incor­po­rate read­ing-based dis­cus­sions, hands-on cre­ative work­shops, and exam­ples of research-cre­ation in prac­tice, in an effort to engage broad­er dis­cus­sions con­cern­ing method­ol­o­gy, ethics, respon­si­bil­i­ty, and (insti­tu­tion­al) solidarities/activism with­in and beyond the uni­ver­si­ty. To this end, this course will include pre­sen­ta­tions by schol­ars and prac­ti­tion­ers from inside and out­side of academia.
You can read more and reg­is­ter here.


Vergangene Workshops


13. Sep - 14. Sep 2023

Socialist Governmentality? Healthcare, technologies of the self, and subjectification in European state socialism, 1945-1990


Workshop at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine - Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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30. Jun - 01. Jul 2023

Natur machen: Wissen, Praktiken und Technologien der Umweltgestaltung in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts


Interdisziplinärer Workshop am Historischen Seminar der Universität Siegen

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24. Mai 2023

Cholera in the Indian Ocean World since the Nineteenth Century


Workshop at the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA), Austrian Academy of Sciences

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09. Mrz - 11. Mrz 2023

Rare Diseases, Global Health, and Social Sciences: Counterbalancing Biomedical Reductionism


Workshop at the Brocher Foundation, Hermance, Switzerland

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02. Nov 2022

Alone in a crisis: Reflections on recent personal, financial, and health shifts  


Virtual Workshop at the University of Western Australia

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