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„Transition in Health”

23. Sep­tem­ber – 26. Sep­tem­ber 2024 

Work­shop at VANDA (Vien­na Anthro­pol­o­gy Days) 2024

Work­shop „Tran­si­tion in Health”
VANDA (Vien­na Anthro­pol­o­gy Days) Con­fer­enceni in Vienna
Sep­tem­ber 23–26, 2024
Eva-Maria Knoll, Mal­go­rza­ta Rajtar
Dead­line: 01.06.2024

Anthro­pol­o­gy has long been pre­oc­cu­pied with tran­si­tion. Tran­si­tions, famous­ly cap­tured by Van Gennep’s “rites of pas­sage” or Turner’s con­cept of “lim­i­nal­i­ty”, punc­tu­ate human life, which is embed­ded in cul­ture and soci­ety. Tran­si­tion may also serve as a lens to ana­lyze change and adap­ta­tion in soci­ety (e.g. Hasan 2023) and was exten­sive­ly used in the con­text of post­so­cial­ism (e.g. Buyan­del­geriyn 2008). Build­ing on this long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of anthro­po­log­i­cal engage­ment with the con­cept of tran­si­tion, this work­shop invites social sci­ence, in par­tic­u­lar ethno­graph­ic con­tri­bu­tions focus­ing on spa­tial, struc­tur­al, and tem­po­ral aspects of tran­si­tions in the med­ical field. In med­i­cine, tran­si­tion is e.g. under­stood as a “mul­ti-dimen­sion­al process, involv­ing patients, care­givers, providers, and the med­ical sys­tem as a whole” (Cheng et al. 2021). Due to the devel­op­ment of med­ical tech­nolo­gies and treat­ment modal­i­ties, an increas­ing num­ber of peo­ple with chron­ic and/or rare dis­eases reach adult­hood and expe­ri­ence a tran­si­tion from pedi­atric to adult care (Jae 2018). In some instances, this is unchart­ed ter­ri­to­ry for both patients and care providers. Tran­si­tions, as pas­sages of change, may also be expe­ri­enced on a mun­dane lev­el by patients who change their dietary and/or drug reg­i­mens or by health per­son­nel who climb the med­ical career lad­der. We encour­age ethno­graph­i­cal­ly ground­ed analy­ses that address both large-scale tran­si­tions and mun­dane moments of tran­si­tion in health and health­care. We are also inter­est­ed in papers exam­in­ing failed tran­si­tions or tran­si­tions that had to be abandoned.