An dieser Stelle präsentieren wir ausgewählte Veranstaltungen aus dem interdisziplinären Arbeitsfeld Ethnologie und Medizin.

Wir freuen uns über Veranstaltungshinweise an

11. Feb – 26. Okt 2024

Ethics seminars for 2024


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


18. Jun – 20. Jun 2024

Critical Anthropology and Global Health: Challenges and Possibilities


Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gy Young Schol­ars Con­fer­ence (MAYS-MAE Net­work of EASA) in Bologna

„Crit­i­cal Anthro­pol­o­gy and Glob­al Health: Chal­lenges and Possibilities”
Orga­nized by MAYS-MAE Net­work of EASA
Bologna, IT
18–20 June

Sub­mit an abstract of no more than 350–500 words at the link below by April 8th and a paper of 3,000–5,000 words by June 1st. Noti­fi­ca­tions of accep­tance will be sent by the end of April. To cov­er basic expens­es, we ask for a 30 EUR par­tic­i­pa­tion fee for in-per­son participants.

In the CfP you’ll find the link to the Google­Form to sub­mit your abstract, the link is also pro­vid­ed here.

Please feel free to con­tact for any ques­tions:


30. Jun 2024

PhD Offer: Mindful Collaboration. Shaping Care Strategies through Mental Health User Involvement

Call for Papers

PhD Offer in a project „Mind­ful Col­lab­o­ra­tion: Shap­ing Care Strate­gies through Men­tal Health User Involvement”
Barcelona STS Group and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gy project „Per­son-Envi­ron­ment Inter­ac­tion in Risk and Resilience for Men­tal Health”
Dead­line: 30th June


In select­ing can­di­dates for this posi­tion, we will val­ue the fol­low­ing skills:

– Abil­i­ty to inte­grate insights from psy­chol­o­gy, soci­ol­o­gy, health­care, and user expe­ri­ence design.
Inter­est in Pub­lic Participation.
– Strong Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Skills (Knowl­edge of Span­ish will be valued).
Eth­i­cal Awareness.
– Com­mit­ment to Con­tin­u­ous Learning.
– Expe­ri­ence in con­duct­ing groups and/or clin­i­cal inter­views and/or eco­log­i­cal momen­tary assess­ments will be valued.
– Knowl­edge and/or expe­ri­ence in the field of men­tal health will be valued.

Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will join a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team using an STS per­spec­tive. Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry meth­ods will be used to rede­fine prac­tices and solu­tions devel­oped in the field, based on embod­ied knowl­edge, and in coop­er­a­tion with users and activists. From this start­ing point, the project will be defined togeth­er with the select­ed person.

Inter­est­ed can­di­dates should submit:

– A com­pre­hen­sive Cur­ricu­lum Vitae (CV).
– A moti­va­tion let­ter detail­ing your inter­est in the project and how your expe­ri­ences and goals align with its objectives.

A webi­nar for doc­tor­al can­di­dates to explore the oppor­tu­ni­ties offered by the TOUCH doc­tor­al pro­gram will take place on April 30, 2024. For more details, please vis­it:

Sub­mit your appli­ca­tion via the fol­low­ing link by June 30th, 2024:

For fur­ther details or ques­tions, please feel free to con­tact us at:

PhD Offer in a project „Mind­ful Col­lab­o­ra­tion: Shap­ing Care Strate­gies through Men­tal Health User Involvement”
Barcelona STS Group and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gy project „Per­son-Envi­ron­ment Inter­ac­tion in Risk and Resilience for Men­tal Health”
Dead­line: 30th June


In select­ing can­di­dates for this posi­tion, we will val­ue the fol­low­ing skills:

– Abil­i­ty to inte­grate insights from psy­chol­o­gy, soci­ol­o­gy, health­care, and user expe­ri­ence design.
Inter­est in Pub­lic Participation.
– Strong Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Skills (Knowl­edge of Span­ish will be valued).
Eth­i­cal Awareness.
– Com­mit­ment to Con­tin­u­ous Learning.
– Expe­ri­ence in con­duct­ing groups and/or clin­i­cal inter­views and/or eco­log­i­cal momen­tary assess­ments will be valued.
– Knowl­edge and/or expe­ri­ence in the field of men­tal health will be valued.

Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will join a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team using an STS per­spec­tive. Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry meth­ods will be used to rede­fine prac­tices and solu­tions devel­oped in the field, based on embod­ied knowl­edge, and in coop­er­a­tion with users and activists. From this start­ing point, the project will be defined togeth­er with the select­ed person.

Inter­est­ed can­di­dates should submit:

– A com­pre­hen­sive Cur­ricu­lum Vitae (CV).
– A moti­va­tion let­ter detail­ing your inter­est in the project and how your expe­ri­ences and goals align with its objectives.

A webi­nar for doc­tor­al can­di­dates to explore the oppor­tu­ni­ties offered by the TOUCH doc­tor­al pro­gram will take place on April 30, 2024. For more details, please vis­it:

Sub­mit your appli­ca­tion via the fol­low­ing link by June 30th, 2024:

For fur­ther details or ques­tions, please feel free to con­tact us at:


02. Jul – 04. Jul 2024

Birth Rites Collection Summer School 2024


Hybrid Birth Rites Col­lec­tion Sum­mer School 2024

Birth Rites Col­lec­tion Sum­mer School 2024
July 1–4, 2024
10am–5pm BST
Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent, Can­ter­bury, Unit­ed Kingdom

BRC Sum­mer School is a unique pro­gram of lec­tures, work­shops, sem­i­nars and one-to-one tuto­ri­als. Four inten­sive days will intro­duce you to the col­lec­tion and facil­i­tate a dia­logue between you, your prac­tice, and the art­works. The course is led by artist & BRC Cura­tor Helen Knowles and artist Dr. Leni Dothan.

This year, work­shops include reflect­ing on the themes of aes­thet­ics, ethics, pol­i­tics, and the visu­al dis­cours­es of birth through visu­al and writ­ten mate­ri­als, with the empha­sis on learn­ing how to stage and doc­u­ment per­for­mances. Through lec­tures by lead­ing artists in the field, we will intro­duce dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives to ini­ti­ate in-depth discussions.

The Sum­mer School pro­vides a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty for cross-dis­ci­pli­nary debate and focus­es on cre­ative prac­tice in research through a num­ber of dif­fer­ent method­olo­gies in the con­text of child­birth. It con­sid­ers the sci­en­tif­ic, med­ical, soci­o­log­i­cal, anthro­po­log­i­cal, and legal impli­ca­tions of mod­ern child­birth prac­tice, includ­ing advance­ments in bio­med­ical tech­nol­o­gy through an artis­tic lens.

Mid­wives, aca­d­e­mics, cura­tors, artists, film­mak­ers, medics, health pro­fes­sion­als, art his­to­ri­ans, pol­i­cy advi­sors and the gen­er­al pub­lic, are all wel­come. As a par­tic­i­pant, you will enter the course with your own skill set and fin­ish with a bespoke mul­ti-media pack of visu­al, tex­tu­al, audi­to­ry, pho­to­graph­ic, filmic and per­for­ma­tive mate­r­i­al, to be used there­after in your own future work.

2024 Speak­ers include: Helen Knowles, Dr. Leni Dothan, Bar­bara Rosen­thal, Puck Verkade, Ana Casas Bro­da, Sarah Maple, Dyana Grav­ina and Dr. Han­nah Ballou.

Four-day course (in-per­son): July 1–4, 2024, 10am–5pm BST Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent, Can­ter­bury, Unit­ed King­dom. On-cam­pus accom­mo­da­tion is avail­able for an addi­tion­al cost.

550 GBP per per­son / 400 GBP per per­son con­ces­sion rate (for prac­tis­ing artists, stu­dents, and those on a low income).

Four-day course (online): July 1–4, 2024
250 GBP per per­son for online access to a series of live and record­ed lec­tures, talks, films, and workshops.

All book­ings are con­firmed with a deposit of 100GBP.

Book your place on the Sum­mer School on the Birth Rites Col­lec­tion web­site or email helen [​at​] for more infor­ma­tion here.


02. Jul – 05. Jul 2024

Intersectionality & Inclusion in Health


20th Bien­ni­al ESHMS con­fer­ence 2024

Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence on „Inter­sec­tion­al­i­ty & Inclu­sion in Health”
Uni­ver­si­ty of Antwerp
2–5 July 2024
Dead­line: 31.01.2024

We invite sub­mis­sions for the upcom­ing ESHMS 2024 con­fer­ence focus­ing on health & med­ical soci­ol­o­gy, par­tic­u­lar­ly empha­siz­ing the theme „Inter­sec­tion­al­i­ty & Inclu­sion in Health.” Research in relat­ed domains is also welcomed. 

Sub­mis­sion deadline:
Jan­u­ary 31, 2024, via our online por­tal.


03. Jul – 05. Jul 2024

Anthropological Contributions to SRHR Future(s): From Theory to Practice and Back


Trans­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence on sex­u­al repro­duc­tion and health rights (SRHR).

3–5 July, 2024
Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam (anthro­pol­o­gy department)


We are at a crit­i­cal junc­ture in time. Whilst sex­u­al and repro­duc­tive health and rights (SRHR) are increas­ing­ly threat­ened by con­ser­v­a­tive right-wing pol­i­tics, mul­ti­ple crises (human­i­tar­i­an, eco­nom­ic, envi­ron­men­tal), and per­sis­tent race, gen­der and class-based inequities, rapid tech­no­log­i­cal advances are cre­at­ing new oppor­tu­ni­ties for achiev­ing sex­u­al and repro­duc­tive health and jus­tice. Now more than ever, anthro­pol­o­gy can play a crit­i­cal role in strength­en­ing sex­u­al and repro­duc­tive well-being in the Glob­al South and North by inter­ro­gat­ing these threats, crises, injus­tices, and tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ments. Anthro­pol­o­gists can help for­mu­late more mean­ing­ful SRHR poli­cies, pro­grammes, and inter­ven­tions by pay­ing atten­tion to social rather than indi­vid­ual bod­ies, exam­in­ing the moral­i­ties at stake and imposed, and explor­ing the social lives of tech­nolo­gies. We con­tend, how­ev­er, that anthropology’s poten­tial is not ful­ly real­ized, because anthro­po­log­i­cal find­ings get lost in trans­la­tion when tran­si­tion­ing into poli­cies and prac­tices, and because of cer­tain blind spots amongst anthro­pol­o­gists, pub­lic health experts, SRHR prac­ti­tion­ers, NGO rep­re­sen­ta­tives, pol­i­cy­mak­ers and fun­ders alike. How can anthro­pol­o­gists col­lab­o­rate more effec­tive­ly with oth­er stake­hold­ers in SRHR? This con­fer­ence seeks to offer a plat­form to engage in pro­duc­tive trans­dis­ci­pli­nary con­ver­sa­tions to enhance anthro­po­log­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions to SRHR future(s).

Reg­is­tra­tion opens via the con­fer­ence web­site on Jan­u­ary 15th
Pre­sen­ta­tion and pan­el pro­pos­als are due by Feb­ru­ary 15th by e‑mail to our google­group.
Noti­fi­ca­tions will be sent mid-March.

We wel­come tra­di­tion­al paper and pan­el pro­pos­als as well as work­shops or exper­i­men­tal for­mats. Save the date and please cir­cu­late across your net­works (see flyer)! 

Con­fer­ence Call- AnthSRHRFuturesConf2024

Addi­tion­al details can be found online at 

On behalf of the orga­niz­ing committee:

Andie Thomp­son
Breg­je de Kok
Eri­ca van der Sijpt
Han­na Horváth
Jeroen Lorist
Sha­hana Siddiqui
Trudie Gerrits


03. Jul – 05. Jul 2024

Anthropological Contributions to SRHR Future(s): From Theory to Practice and Back


A Trans­dis­ci­pli­nary Con­fer­ence, 3–5 July 2024, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam, Netherlands

04. Jul 2024

CBM Global: Disability & Climate. In conversation with…


Sixth event in the frame­work of „Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…”

CBM Glob­al: „Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…”
4th July 2024 with
tim­ings tbc

In Sep­tem­ber 2023, the Euro­pean Cen­tre for Envi­ron­ment and Human Health/University of Exeter launched a new online „Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…” series for peo­ple that are inter­est­ed in reflect­ing on and/or shar­ing expe­ri­ences around dis­abil­i­ty and the cli­mate cri­sis. This is part of a new project on dis­abil­i­ty-inclu­sive cli­mate action led by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Exeter. The project web­site, „Sens­ing Cli­mate”, is com­ing soon but in the mean­time, you can read a lit­tle more about it online.

For the sixth con­ver­sa­tion they invit­ed CBM Global.

More details, dates and speak­ers to follow!

For Info please do email Sarah (Sarah.Bell[at] to share your interests.


04. Jul 2024

Disability & Climate: In Conversation with Mary Keogh, Mahbub Kabir and Gordon Rattray


Sixth ses­sion of the Series „Dis­abil­i­ty & Climate”

„Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In Con­ver­sa­tion with Mary Keogh, Mah­bub Kabir and Gor­don Rattray”
Thurs­day 4th July 2024
9–10.30am BST

In Sep­tem­ber 2023, we launched a new online ‘Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…’ series for peo­ple that are inter­est­ed in reflect­ing on and/or shar­ing expe­ri­ences around dis­abil­i­ty and the cli­mate cri­sis. This is part of a new project, called Sens­ing Cli­mate, led by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Exeter. You can read more about the project and tune into past events online.

Our sixth ses­sion will take place online on Thurs­day 4th July 2024, from 9–10.30am BST, and we’re real­ly excit­ed to be joined by Mary Keogh and Mah­bub Kabir of CBM Glob­al and Gor­don Rat­tray of the Euro­pean Dis­abil­i­ty Forum. Dur­ing the ses­sion, Mary, Mah­bub and Gor­don will be dis­cussing the work of CBM Glob­al and the Euro­pean Dis­abil­i­ty Forum to influ­ence pos­i­tive change at com­mu­ni­ty, nation­al and glob­al lev­els to ensure a dis­abil­i­ty inclu­sive pol­i­cy and pro­gramme response to the cli­mate crisis.

If you would like to read more and/or sign up for the ses­sion, please com­plete this form. If the form is inac­ces­si­ble for you, please do email Sarah ( to share your inter­ests in join­ing instead. We will then send round a Zoom sign in link about a week before the event.


04. Jul 2024

Disability & Climate: In Conversation with Mary Keogh, Mahbub Kabir and Gordon Rattray


Sixth ses­sion of the „Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…” Series

Lec­ture by Mary Keogh, Mah­bub Kabir and Gor­don Rattray
4th July 2024
9–10.30am BST

In Sep­tem­ber 2023, we launched a new online ‘Dis­abil­i­ty & Cli­mate: In con­ver­sa­tion with…’ series for peo­ple that are inter­est­ed in reflect­ing on and/or shar­ing expe­ri­ences around dis­abil­i­ty and the cli­mate cri­sis. This is part of a new project, called Sens­ing Cli­mate, led by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Exeter. You can read more about the project and tune into past events online:

Our sixth ses­sion will take place online on Thurs­day 4th July 2024, from 9–10.30am BST, and we’re real­ly excit­ed to be joined by Mary Keogh and Mah­bub Kabir of CBM Glob­al and Gor­don Rat­tray of the Euro­pean Dis­abil­i­ty Forum. Dur­ing the ses­sion, Mary, Mah­bub and Gor­don will be dis­cussing the work of CBM Glob­al and the Euro­pean Dis­abil­i­ty Forum to influ­ence pos­i­tive change at com­mu­ni­ty, nation­al and glob­al lev­els to ensure a dis­abil­i­ty inclu­sive pol­i­cy and pro­gramme response to the cli­mate crisis.

If you would like to read more and/or sign up for the ses­sion, please com­plete this form: If the form is inac­ces­si­ble for you, please do email Sarah ( to share your inter­ests in join­ing instead. We will then send round a Zoom sign in link about a week before the event.


05. Jul – 06. Jul 2024

Marburger Gespräche zur Alten Heilkunde


Jahre­str­e­f­fen der „Mar­burg­er Gespräche zur Alten Heilkunde“ (MGAH)

3. Jahre­str­e­f­fen der „Mar­burg­er Gespräche zur Alten Heilkunde“ (MGAH)
05. und 06. Juli 2024
Land­grafen­saal des Hes­sis­chen Staat­sarchivs Mar­burg (Friedrich­splatz 15, 35037 Marburg)




Bitte teilen Sie Adam Howe ( mit Hil­fe des Anmelde­for­mu­la­rs bis spätestens *07. Juni 2024* mit, ob wir mit Ihrer Teil­nahme rech­nen dürfen.

Alle For­mu­la­re und Infor­ma­tio­nen find­en Sie auch auf unser­er Web­site:


06. Jul – 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.


06. Jul – 08. Jul 2024

Thinking through impact: ethnographic approaches


Pan­el at the Annu­al Meet­ing of the Swiss Anthro­po­log­i­cal Association.

„Think­ing through impact: ethno­graph­ic approaches”
Con­fer­ence Towards an anthro­pol­o­gy for trou­bled times?
June 6–8, 2024.

Sub­mis­sions will be open until Feb­ru­ary, 15.

We invite you to sub­mit an abstract to our open pan­el „Think­ing through impact: ethno­graph­ic approach­es”. We wel­come both tra­di­tion­al and mul­ti­modal pre­sen­ta­tions from all dis­ci­plines and prac­tices. For more details on how to sub­mit, please vis­it our web­page:

If you have any ques­tions at all, please feel free to con­tact any one of us!

Fiona Gedeon Achi: fiona.gedeon-achi@u‑
San­dra Bärn­reuther:
Ben Eyre:


16. Jul – 19. Jul 2024

Beyond Polarisation: Approaches to vaccination


Pan­el at con­fer­ence EASST-4S 2024 „Mak­ing and Doing Transformations”.

„Beyond Polar­i­sa­tion: Approach­es to vaccination”
16–19 July 2024
Ams­ter­dam, the Netherlands
Con­venors: Les­ley Brana­gan (Ham­burg Uni­ver­si­ty), Anna Dowrick (Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford), Rebec­ca Cas­sidy (Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent), Simon Bai­ley (Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent)

Please sub­mit your pro­pos­al here
CfP dead­line: Feb­ru­ary 12 2024

Short Abstract:

Covid’s threat to mod­ern rea­son­ing and sub­se­quent divi­sions are locat­ed in poli­cies, dis­cours­es and expe­ri­ences of vac­cines, polarised into ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ sen­ti­ment. We con­sid­er the inter­play between the promis­es of vac­cines, unex­pect­ed vac­cine expe­ri­ences, and Covid’s threat to ratio­nal order.

Long Abstract:

The Covid pan­dem­ic brought sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tions in the tech­nolo­gies, roles, gov­er­nance, dis­cours­es and mean­ings of vaccines.

The tech­no­log­i­cal and polit­i­cal promise of Covid vac­cines has left lim­it­ed space for explo­ration of their unin­tend­ed con­se­quences. Dra­mat­ic polar­i­sa­tions of ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ sen­ti­ments result in dis­be­lief, silenc­ing, and exploita­tion of unex­pect­ed expe­ri­ences con­nect­ed to vac­ci­na­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the con­text of vac­cine injury. Sim­i­lar­ly, desire to re-pur­pose vac­cines for oth­er uses, such as treat­ments for Long Covid, has met resistance.

In these respons­es we find a para­dox­i­cal refusal to con­sid­er the spaces and ‘resid­ual cat­e­gories’ (Bowk­er & Star, 2000) between pro- and anti-vac­ci­na­tion, and lim­it­ed engage­ment in the mul­ti­plic­i­ty of what vac­cines ‘do’. How­ev­er, his­to­ries of chang­ing uses of vac­cines as tech­nolo­gies, vac­cine injuries and med­ical-legal reform also show that there are poten­tial sites for con­test­ing these polarised cat­e­gories (Kirk­land, 2016).

We encour­age explo­rations of the broad­er rela­tions between the threat of Covid and the sub­se­quent fail­ures of reflex­iv­i­ty relat­ed to ‘unex­pect­ed reac­tions’ to, with, and about vaccines.

Paper pro­pos­als could consider:

The effects of com­plex­i­ty and uncer­tain­ty upon polar­i­sa­tion, and the para­dox­i­cal ‘hard­en­ing’ of both lay and pro­fes­sion­al per­spec­tives on unex­pect­ed vac­cine reactions;

The tem­po­ral­i­ties and futur­ism at play in promis­es con­cern­ing the unknow­able (Beck­ert, 2016), and the con­se­quent mis­di­rec­tion of vac­cine expec­ta­tions and resources;

The inter­play of polar­is­ing cat­e­gories of risk and threat, trust and mis-trust, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for nuanced under­stand­ings of agency and vac­cine hesitancy;

The ‘dis­tri­b­u­tion of belief and unbe­lief’ (Dou­glas & Wil­davsky, 1982) rep­re­sent­ed by polarised vac­cine dis­cours­es, and the posi­tion­ing of dif­fer­ent inter­ests (sci­en­tif­ic, pro­fes­sion­al, governmental);

Con­tes­ta­tions of cat­e­gori­sa­tions, through advo­ca­cy, or ‘cit­i­zen­ship work’ (Petry­na, 2004) and the role of nar­ra­tive in medi­at­ing between the ‘counter-fac­tu­al and fac­tu­al’ (Maier, 2004) in the con­text of unex­pect­ed events.


16. Jul – 19. Jul 2024

CfP MedAnthro panels at EASST/4S (16 – 19 July 2024, Amsterdam)


MedAn­thro pan­els at EASST/4S (16 – 19 July 2024, Amsterdam)/CfP

CfP MedAn­thro pan­els at EASST/4S Con­fer­ence (16–19 July 2024, Amsterdam)
STS con­gress on „Mak­ing and doing transformations”

Dead­line for CfP: 12 Feb 2024
Details here

MedAn­thro Panels:

– MAYS Pan­el: The Dynam­ic Land­scape of Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gy: Sci­en­tif­ic Exper­tise and Pub­lic Engage­ment in the Trans­for­ma­tion of Dis­ci­pli­nary Boundaries 

Health­care Transformations:
– Hap­tic Rev­o­lu­tions: Sen­so­ry Futures and Phe­nom­e­nolo­gies of Exper­tise in Med­ical Worlds
– Doing Diver­si­ty: Dif­fer­ence, Equi­ty and Inclu­sion in Bio­med­ical Research
– Mak­ing and Doing Just Infra­struc­tures in Health­care
– The­o­riz­ing through the mun­dane: sto­ry­ing trans­for­ma­tions in healthcare

Healt­care and Tech­nol­o­gy-induced change:
– Health Knowl­edge in Soci­ety: Bio­med­ical Exper­tise, Tech­nolo­gies, Inclu­sion and Inequality
– The tech­nop­o­l­i­tics of (health)care: Trans­form­ing care in more-than-human worlds

– Social exclu­sion in the dig­i­tal age – Explor­ing inequities in the util­i­sa­tion and acces­si­bil­i­ty of eHealth technologies
– Entan­gle­ments of STS and Bioethics: New Approach­es to the Gov­er­nance of Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence and Robot­ics for Health
– Mak­ing and (un)doing dig­i­tal health and wel­fare trans­for­ma­tions: Nor­ma­tive ten­sions and action reper­toires of embed­ded STS researchers

– Sociotech­ni­cal trans­for­ma­tions of health care: Prac­tices of objec­ti­va­tions, knowl­edge trans­la­tion and new forms of agency 

Health and Data
– Anti-Racist Approach­es to Health Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy
– Data on the move: the pol­i­tics of cross-bor­der health data infrastructures

– Cor­po­re­al Quan­tifi­ca­tion: Numer­i­cal Nego­ti­a­tions of Health and the Body 

Bio­med­ical in a Crit­i­cal Study:
– Gov­ern­ing bio­med­ical tests: Towards Social Stud­ies of Bio-Med­ical Testing?
– Prob­ing Open­ness in Bio­med­ical Plat­forms: Glob­al Health meets Open Sci­ence
– Crit­i­cal and/or cre­ative approach­es to bod­i­ly data and the man­age­ment of health risks
– Pub­lic Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Health Equal­i­ty in Future Biobanking 

– STS approach­es to study con­tes­ta­tions of med­ical evi­dence-based knowl­edge and recommendations
Method­ol­o­gy and Research Practice:
– How to research med­ical AI?

– Issues of Scale: The glob­al and the local in health research projects with a world­wide context 


16. Jul – 19. Jul 2024

Chemical Affects: Engaging Substances in Life-Death Worlds (EASST-4S Conference, Amsterdam)


CfP „Chem­i­cal Affects: Engag­ing Sub­stances in Life-Death Worlds” (P041), for the upcom­ing EASST-4S Con­fer­ence in Ams­ter­dam (16–19 July 2023).

CfP „Chem­i­cal Affects: Engag­ing Sub­stances in Life-Death Worlds” (P041)
EASST-4S Con­fer­ence, Amsterdam
16–19 July 2023
CfP dead­line: Feb­ru­ary 12 2024 (sub­mit your paper here)

Chem­i­cals are ambiva­lent mat­ters, engaged in the dis­tri­b­u­tion of life and death across geo­gra­phies, organ­isms, and bod­ies. As indus­tri­al prod­ucts they car­ry the his­to­ry of cap­i­tal­ist and envi­ron­men­tal exploita­tion. As effec­tive sub­stances they fos­ter growth and plea­sure, pro­duce kin­ship and belong­ing, or induce harm and suf­fer­ing. As endur­ing par­ti­cles they shape our geo­log­i­cal era, while unequal­ly expos­ing peo­ple to tox­i­cants along the geopo­lit­i­cal lines of class and race (Agard-Jones 2013).
Indus­tri­al chem­i­cals and their by-prod­ucts have become indis­pens­able to human and more-than-human life, act­ing on and trans­form­ing ter­ri­to­ries and bod­ies in ways that are destruc­tive and ben­e­fi­cial to plan­e­tary and human health. In this cur­rent con­di­tion of alter­life (Mur­phy 2017), the his­to­ries of chem­i­cals, their (side) effects as well as their after­lives and spec­u­la­tive futures per­me­ate life-death affec­tive­ly and mate­ri­al­ly. As such, STS schol­ars fol­low chem­i­cals ethno­graph­i­cal­ly (Shapiro and Kirk­sey 2017) and take into account their agency, by allow­ing sub­stances to sur­prise and enthrall (Dumit 2022, Gomart 2004).
This pan­el gath­ers schol­ars work­ing on and with sub­stances in dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines and local­i­ties to explore the pol­i­tics, ethics and affects of liv­ing and dying in rela­tion to chem­i­cals. It expands exist­ing dis­cus­sions with a focus on how spe­cif­ic chem­i­cals – phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, pes­ti­cides and oth­er com­pounds – in their respec­tive form, prop­er­ty and use are engaged in the pro­duc­tion and gov­er­nance of life and death, but also how they blur the lines between those worlds.

The Anthro­pol­o­gy Mat­ters net­work invites papers that:

- trace chem­i­cals in their live­ly and dead­ly poten­tials and method­olog­i­cal­ly attune to their mate­r­i­al-affec­tive capacities.

- crit­i­cal­ly inves­ti­gate prac­tices of inhab­it­ing tox­ic worlds (Nad­ing 2020) as well as the post/colonial inequal­i­ties inscribed in them.

- explore avenues of col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly inter­ven­ing in “chem­i­cal vio­lence” (Mur­phy 2017) to strive for decolo­nial futures.

- ques­tion eth­i­cal imper­a­tives of liv­ing and dying in chem­i­cal­ly altered times.

Mar­cos Freire de Andrade Neves (Freie Uni­ver­sität Berlin)
Max Schnepf (Freie Uni­ver­sität Berlin)
Gior­gio Broc­co (Uni­ver­si­ty of Vienna) 


16. Jul – 19. Jul 2024

Transforming the study of cancer


Com­bined For­mat Open Pan­el P133 at con­fer­ence EASST-4S 2024 Ams­ter­dam: „Mak­ing and Doing Transformations”.

Trans­form­ing the study of cancer
16–19 July 2024
Ams­ter­dam, the Netherlands
Con­ver­nors: Vio­le­ta Argu­do-Por­tal (Uni­ver­si­tat de Barcelona), Masha Denisova 

CfP dead­line: Feb­ru­ary 12 2024
Please sub­mit your pro­pos­al here

The study of can­cer has gath­ered an exten­sive com­mu­ni­ty of schol­ars in the social sci­ences and human­i­ties, pro­vid­ing a more dense, het­ero­ge­neous, and diverse approach to this dis­ease mul­ti­ple. Sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy schol­ars have tak­en an impor­tant role in this task by exam­in­ing how knowl­edge about can­cer is pro­duced and with what con­se­quences for researchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, and patients. In this pan­el, we seek to make explic­it the con­tri­bu­tions of STS tools and sen­si­bil­i­ties to the can­cer study. STS toolk­it becomes par­tic­u­lar­ly help­ful in dis­cern­ing what log­ics, inter­ests, and imag­i­nar­ies are at play in the can­cer research and care are­na. The ever-increas­ing influ­ence of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies and invest­ments in heav­i­ly tech­no­crat­ic forms of can­cer care trans­form not only the forms of can­cer diag­nos­tics and treat­ment but also the expe­ri­ences of those liv­ing with the dis­ease. The grow­ing atten­tion to cell biol­o­gy research and indi­vid­u­al­iza­tion of risk makes can­cer research shift fur­ther from iden­ti­fy­ing oth­er aeti­olo­gies of can­cer, such as envi­ron­men­tal and eco­log­i­cal links. These trans­for­ma­tions col­lec­tive­ly shape how can­cer is known and lived with. For this pan­el, we invite empir­i­cal and the­o­ret­i­cal sub­mis­sions that revolve around the study of can­cer, rang­ing from atten­tion to high-tech tech­no­log­i­cal and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal endeav­ors to dif­fer­ent forms of craft­ing care, knowl­edge, treat­ments, infra­struc­tures, and knowl­edge. Works explor­ing car­cino­genic leaks, can­cer pol­i­tics, and epis­temic absences are par­tic­u­lar­ly welcome.

The pan­el is con­vened by the Polit­i­cal Stakes of Can­cer Net­work, an inter­na­tion­al group of social sci­ences and human­i­ties schol­ars study­ing sci­ence, soci­ety, and pow­er rela­tion­ships in can­cer across the globe. The pan­el will fol­low a com­bined for­mat, includ­ing ses­sions with con­ven­tion­al paper pre­sen­ta­tions and an exper­i­men­tal ses­sion for which we encour­age sub­mis­sions based on mul­ti­modal mate­ri­als (illus­tra­tions, short films, visu­al essays, exper­i­men­tal data visu­al­iza­tions, and more).


22. Jul – 23. Jul 2024

Thinking with Drugs: Interventions in the Social


Event at Gold­smiths Uni­ver­si­ty (Lon­don)

„Think­ing with Drugs: Inter­ven­tions in the Social”
When: 22–23 July
Where: Gold­smiths, Uni­ver­si­ty of London.
CFP dead­line: 10 May

The work­shop explores inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research on drugs can gen­er­ate new insights in a time of glob­al change. It is organ­ised by a group of Aus­tralian and UK-based schol­ars work­ing across soci­ol­o­gy, sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy stud­ies (STS), gen­der stud­ies and crit­i­cal drug stud­ies. The con­venors are espe­cial­ly keen to receive abstracts from ECRs and HDRs, and there may be some trav­el fund­ing to sup­port par­tic­i­pa­tion. CFP clos­es 10 May. More details and how to apply here.


23. Jul – 26. Jul 2024

(Un)Knowing Harm: Localised Epistemic Responses to Global Environmental Degradation


CfP/Panel “(Un)Knowing Harm: Localised Epis­temic Respons­es to Glob­al Envi­ron­men­tal Degra­da­tion” at EASA2024: Doing and Undo­ing with Anthro­pol­o­gy (Barcelona, 23–26 July 2024)

“(Un)Knowing Harm: Localised Epis­temic Respons­es to Glob­al Envi­ron­men­tal Degradation”

EASA2024: Doing and Undo­ing with Anthro­pol­o­gy (Barcelona)

Date: 23–26 July 2024

The dead­line for paper sub­mis­sions is 22 Jan­u­ary 2024. Please note that the pan­el will take place face-to-face.

Short Abstract:
The pan­el exam­ines the tech­niques and tech­nolo­gies by which envi­ron­men­tal dam­age and harm on the indi­vid­ual and the social body become known and unknown, voiced and silenced, man­i­fest­ed and repressed, thus shed­ding light onto the nexus of epis­temic uncer­tain­ty and envi­ron­men­tal injustice.

Long Abstract:
Cap­i­tal­ist extrac­tivism, indus­tri­al­ism, mil­i­tarism, and ongo­ing forms of colo­nial­ism leave the plan­et dam­aged. Be it the loss of habi­tats for human com­mu­ni­ties and oth­er forms of life or the amounts of tox­ic con­t­a­m­i­nants that suf­fuse the envi­ron­ment, the very real­i­ty of envi­ron­men­tal dam­age is often con­test­ed as it gets tan­gled in process­es of know­ing, unknow­ing, denial, dis­avow­al, and igno­rance. Pow­er­ful actors—state author­i­ties, cor­po­ra­tions, the military—all play a cen­tral role in such pol­i­tics of (un)knowing by exer­cis­ing monop­o­lies on sci­en­tif­ic and expert knowl­edge, there­by pre­scrib­ing what ought to be known and unknown in order to pro­tect their polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic, and strate­gic inter­ests. Civ­il soci­ety organ­i­sa­tions, activist groups, and indi­vid­u­als often protest such epis­temic and envi­ron­men­tal injus­tices, fight­ing for greater trans­paren­cy and access to knowl­edge. But what counts as knowl­edge is fre­quent­ly disputed—even when it comes in the form of hard sci­en­tif­ic evidence—not only by the vest­ed inter­ests of pow­er, but also by those who bear the bur­den of envi­ron­men­tal harm. For it is not uncom­mon for peo­ple and groups to har­ness prac­tices of (un)knowing to deal with envi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion in ways that might allow them to escape stig­ma­ti­sa­tion, resist or refuse empow­ered con­straints, or sim­ply live lives that are more meaningful.

We invite ethno­graph­i­cal­ly-rich papers that exam­ine the tech­niques and tech­nolo­gies by which envi­ron­men­tal dam­age and harm on the indi­vid­ual and the social body become known and unknown, voiced and silenced, man­i­fest­ed and repressed, thus shed­ding light onto the nexus of epis­temic uncer­tain­ty and envi­ron­men­tal injus­tice in late industrialism.

More info

Pan­el convenors:
Niko­laos Olma (Leib­niz-Zen­trum Mod­ern­er Ori­ent – ZMO)
Rishabh Ragha­van (Max Planck Insti­tute for Social Anthropology)


23. Jul – 26. Jul 2024

Biosocial Approaches to Health and Environment (EASA conference Barcelona 23–26 July 2024)


Invi­ta­tion to con­tri­bu­tions to the pan­el „Bioso­cial Approach­es to Health and Envi­ron­ment” at the upcom­ing EASA con­fer­ence in Barcelona (23–26 July 2024)

Pan­el „Bioso­cial Approach­es to Health and Environment”

EASA con­fer­ence in Barcelona
Date: 23–26 July 2024
CfP dead­line: 22 Jan­u­ary 2024.

Short Abstract:
This pan­el dis­cuss­es how anthro­pol­o­gists can con­tribute to col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts in study­ing envi­ron­men­tal impacts on (ill)health by com­plex­i­fy­ing ‘the social’ and ask­ing how such col­lab­o­ra­tions might lead to more tractable tar­gets for bioso­cial­ly informed eco­log­i­cal health and pol­i­cy interventions.
Long Abstract:

Increas­ing­ly, social deter­mi­nants and mate­r­i­al ele­ments are being con­sid­ered rel­e­vant forms of expo­sure that have direct impacts on envi­ron­men­tal (ill)health (e.g. in expo­some or urban men­tal health research). This reflects shifts in fields such as epi­demi­ol­o­gy in recog­nis­ing how envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions are not sim­ply ‘resid­ual’ or ‘con­found­ing’ risk fac­tors but in fact ‘over-arch­ing deter­mi­nants’ of (ill)health (Vineis 2022).

Yet mea­sure­ments and def­i­n­i­tions of ‘the social’ in such research are often con­cep­tu­al­ly sim­plis­tic, empir­i­cal­ly thin and lack an under­stand­ing of the dynam­ic and sit­u­at­ed inter­play of socio-eco­log­i­cal vari­ables (Man­ning 2019; Söder­ström n.d.). While epi­demi­o­log­i­cal stud­ies have iden­ti­fied high-lev­el social vari­ables (SES, eth­nic­i­ty, pop­u­la­tion den­si­ty) asso­ci­at­ed with (ill)health, ethno­graph­ic stud­ies have shown how com­plex envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions emerge and are dealt with in sit­u­at­ed every­day life (Bis­ter et al. 2016; Rose/Fitzgerald 2022).

There is an urgent need for more effec­tive trans­dis­ci­pli­nary engage­ment that can attend to com­plex­i­ty in exam­in­ing the socio-envi­ron­men­tal (Lappé/Hein 2020) where urban/rural/developing envi­ron­ments, cli­mates and health are inter­act­ing but also con­sid­ers how exact­ly col­lab­o­ra­tion can be part of ‘mak­ing bet­ter num­bers’ (Roberts 2021)

In this pan­el, we will reflect on efforts by anthro­pol­o­gists to devel­op col­lab­o­ra­tive bioso­cial research rel­e­vant to exam­ine the com­plex dynam­ics of health and envi­ron­ment. We will con­sid­er the con­cep­tu­al and method­olog­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion of anthro­pol­o­gy in new­ly evolv­ing bioso­cial epidemiologic/biomedical research on health and envi­ron­ments, what form of inter- and trans­dis­ci­pli­nary approach­es are required, and in what ways these might lead to more tractable tar­gets for bioso­cial­ly informed eco­log­i­cal health and pol­i­cy interventions.

Con­vened by by Patrick Biel­er Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Munich (Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty Miu­nich), Sahra Gib­bon and Rosie Math­ers (Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege London) 

More info here


23. Jul – 26. Jul 2024

Care models in transition: public policy challenges in response to the pandemic crisis


CfP Pan­el for EASA’s Online Pan­el „Care mod­els in tran­si­tion: pub­lic pol­i­cy chal­lenges in response to the pan­dem­ic crisis” 

Online Pan­el „Care mod­els in tran­si­tion: pub­lic pol­i­cy chal­lenges in response to the pan­dem­ic crisis”
EASA conference
Barcelona, July 23–26, 2024.

Please sub­mit your pro­pos­al here
Dead­line: 22 Jan­u­ary 2024.

Car­los Chiri­nos (Rovi­ra i Vir­gili Uni­ver­si­ty, Spain)
Sil­via Bofill-Poch (Uni­ver­si­ty of Barcelona, Spain)
Antó­nia Pedroso de Lima (ISCTE-IUL CRIA, Portugal)

Short abstract:
The COVID-19 cri­sis has shown the struc­tur­al weak­ness­es of our care mod­els. This pan­el encour­ages con­tri­bu­tions to a crit­i­cal debate on changes in pub­lic care poli­cies in response to the pan­dem­ic cri­sis from an anthro­po­log­i­cal perspective.

Long Abstract:
The glob­al COVID-19 pan­dem­ic brought into focus the effects of a long-last­ing care cri­sis in Europe and beyond (Daly 2020). The COVID-19 cri­sis stretched our health and social pro­tec­tion sys­tems to the lim­it, exac­er­bat­ed already exist­ing social inequal­i­ties and showed the struc­tur­al weak­ness­es of our care mod­els. Fam­i­lies, and paid care work­ers, had to cope with sud­den dif­fi­cul­ties, some of which were extreme­ly com­plex to man­age. Some cit­i­zens’ move­ments react­ed and raised their voic­es for a fair­er and more sus­tain­able care mod­el. Insti­tu­tions also react­ed. The urgency of a change of mod­el became evi­dent. In 2022, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion approved the Euro­pean Care Strat­e­gy, which is already guid­ing dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ments’ pro­grammes to change the care mod­el. The Strat­e­gy states that this change is essen­tial and must be accom­pa­nied by sig­nif­i­cant reforms and pub­lic invest­ment. Accord­ing­ly, we are inter­est­ed in con­tri­bu­tions address­ing: a) pol­i­cy respons­es to the care cri­sis (or over­lap­ping crises: finan­cial, health, cli­mate, etc.); b) the ten­sions –risks and poten­tials– that some of the sug­gest­ed mea­sures entail, such as dein­sti­tu­tion­al­i­sa­tion, per­son-cen­tred care or the pub­lic-com­mu­ni­ty care mod­el; and c) the chal­lenges involved in mov­ing towards more com­pre­hen­sive mod­els of care, in terms of artic­u­la­tion between dif­fer­ent agents of care, and in terms of pol­i­cy artic­u­la­tion (care, health and hous­ing poli­cies, among oth­ers). All of this will be based on empir­i­cal research, which will enable the debate to be ground­ed and com­pared. This pan­el will con­tribute toward open­ing a crit­i­cal debate on changes in pub­lic poli­cies on care in the com­ing years from an anthro­po­log­i­cal perspective.


23. Jul – 26. Jul 2024

Challenging Global Health through a socio-anthropological lens


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


23. Jul – 26. Jul 2024

Collaboration as method in Medical Anthropology. Feminist and decolonial perspectives


CfP for EASA’s Pan­el “Col­lab­o­ra­tion as method in Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gy. Fem­i­nist and decolo­nial perspectives”.

„Col­lab­o­ra­tion as method in Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gy. Fem­i­nist and decolo­nial perspectives”
EASA, Barcelona, 23–26 July 2024)
CfP Deadline:22 Jan­u­ary 2024

More Info here

Short Abstract:
What is col­lab­o­ra­tive research in Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gy? How to have trust­ing and sym­met­ri­cal rela­tion­ships when address­ing health-relat­ed inequal­i­ties and pow­er rela­tions? From a fem­i­nist and decolo­nial approach, we dis­cuss the (im)possibilities of col­lab­o­ra­tion in Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gy research.

Long Abstract:
Over the past decades, Med­ical Anthro­pol­o­gy has been reflect­ing on its method­olog­i­cal approach­es, espe­cial­ly in con­texts of marked inequal­i­ty and pow­er imbal­ance; as well as in con­texts where our inter­locu­tors’ sur­vival and exis­tence are at stake, and where they face suf­fer­ing and dev­as­ta­tion. How to do ethno­graph­ic research on con­di­tions of suf­fer­ing and inequal­i­ty when address­ing health-relat­ed issues with­out repro­duc­ing these conditions?
From a fem­i­nist and decolo­nial approach to research and knowl­edge prac­tices, col­lab­o­ra­tive research fig­ures as one pos­si­ble way to coun­ter­act extrac­tivist modes of field­work that feed into and per­pet­u­ate the long-last­ing matrix of pow­er. How­ev­er, if we are to engage in ‘true’ col­lab­o­ra­tion, ques­tions arise about the var­ied forms it may (and should) take. For instance, when does col­lab­o­ra­tion begin, and when and how does it end? How do dif­fer­ent forms of knowl­edge enter into dia­logue dur­ing field­work and become an inte­gral part of the research find­ings? What can col­lab­o­ra­tion look like in the con­text of aca­d­e­m­ic hier­ar­chies, espe­cial­ly when it involves ear­ly-career researchers (includ­ing stu­dents)? How can ECRs with often low paid and short-term jobs engage in time- and resource-con­sum­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with­out increas­ing their pre­car­i­ous status?
In this round-table, we plan to crit­i­cal­ly engage with col­lab­o­ra­tive method­olo­gies which are ide­al­ly based on con­crete ethno­graph­ic case stud­ies. We aim to dis­cuss and learn from the chal­lenges of such method­olo­gies that have the poten­tial of decen­ter­ing aca­d­e­m­ic knowl­edge prac­tices by giv­ing equal room to diverse forms of knowl­edge pro­duc­tion in mat­ters of health, care, hope, body, life, and death.

Han­sjörg Dil­ger (Freie Uni­ver­sität Berlin)
Lucia Mair (Uni­ver­si­ty of Vienna)

Maria Fer­nan­da Olarte-Sier­ra (Uni­ver­si­ty of Vienna)

Feel free to email if you have any questions!

Warm wish­es on behalf of all convenors,


23. Jul – 26. Jul 2024

MedAnthro Panels & Roundtables EASA conference (Barcelona, 23–26 July 2024)


Invi­ta­tion to MedAn­thro Pan­els & Round­ta­bles EASA con­fer­ence (Barcelona, 23–26 July 2024)

23. Jul – 26. Jul 2024

Pathologies of Imitation


CfP for in per­son Pan­el “Patholo­gies of Imi­ta­tion” at EASA’s Bien­ni­al Con­fer­ence (23–26 July, Barcelona)

Pan­el “Patholo­gies of Imitation”
EASA Bien­ni­al Conference
23–26 July, Barcelona
CfP dead­line: 23:59 CET on Jan­u­ary 22nd 2024

Pan­el Concept:
Imi­ta­tion is fun­da­men­tal to human social life, under­pin­ning every­thing from entrain­ment in cul­tur­al prac­tices to inter­ac­tion­al rap­port and the emu­la­tion of eth­i­cal exem­plars. Yet at times, the urge to imi­tate is con­sid­ered med­ical­ly and/or moral­ly patho­log­i­cal: when echoprax­ia (‘com­pul­sive imi­ta­tion’) is flagged as a med­ical symp­tom; in anx­i­eties around ‘copy­cat’ crimes and sui­cides, and in moral pan­ics around pla­gia­rism, online imper­son­ation, and ‘West­ox­i­fi­ca­tion’ – to name but a few. Tak­ing such ‘patholo­gies of imi­ta­tion’ as a start­ing point, this pan­el seeks to devel­op exist­ing anthro­po­log­i­cal lit­er­a­tures on mime­sis and relat­ed phe­nom­e­na by high­light­ing the affec­tive and moral com­plex­i­ties of being an imi­ta­tive subject.
We invite papers that exam­ine how, why, and to what effect cer­tain forms of imi­ta­tion are con­strued and expe­ri­enced as patho­log­i­cal in diverse con­tem­po­rary set­tings. Whose inter­ests are best served by imitation’s pathol­o­gi­sa­tion – and is this kind of polit­i­cal analy­sis suf­fi­cient for under­stand­ing the dis­tress­ing or con­flict­ed ways that peo­ple some­times expe­ri­ence their own imi­ta­tive urges and prac­tices? How and why do eth­i­cal tra­di­tions accord imi­ta­tions dif­fer­ent degrees of moral valence? Is that chang­ing as new tech­nolo­gies trans­form the labour involved in imi­ta­tion? What causal log­ics are used to account for, resolve, and pre­vent ‘inap­pro­pri­ate imi­ta­tion’, to what social worlds do they give rise, and how seri­ous­ly should anthro­pol­o­gists take them? Indeed, what can anthro­pol­o­gy ‘do’ to sup­port those suf­fer­ing in their rela­tion­ships to imi­ta­tion – and which aspects of the anthro­po­log­i­cal canon might a study of imitation’s patholo­gies sug­gest need to be ‘undone’?

Sub­mis­sion details:
Paper pro­pos­als should be sub­mit­ted online via the con­fer­ence por­tal (here)

Any queries/Questions?
Please feel free to get in touch with us on N.J.Long[at] (Nick) and jacob.copeman[at] (Jacob)


23. Jul – 26. Jul 2024

Unpacking temporal, spatial and relational dimensions of care trajectories in life-limiting illness


Invi­ta­tion to con­tri­bu­tions to the pan­el „Unpack­ing tem­po­ral, spa­tial and rela­tion­al dimen­sions of care tra­jec­to­ries in life-lim­it­ing ill­ness” at the upcom­ing EASA con­fer­ence in Barcelona (23–26 July 2024)

Pan­el „Unpack­ing tem­po­ral, spa­tial and rela­tion­al dimen­sions of care tra­jec­to­ries in life-lim­it­ing illness”
EASA conference
Barcelona July 23–26, 2024

short abstract max 300 char­ac­ters + long abstract of max 250 words
Dead­line: Jan­u­ary 22, 2024.

Natashe Lemos Dekker (Lei­den University)
Annemarie Samuels (Lei­den University)
Rikke Sand Ander­sen (Aarhus Uni­ver­si­ty and Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Denmark)

Short Abstract:
This pan­el brings togeth­er anthro­pol­o­gists study­ing tem­po­ral, spa­tial and rela­tion­al dimen­sions of care tra­jec­to­ries. It invites empir­i­cal and con­cep­tu­al explo­rations that are based on ethno­graph­ic research on care for peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing life-lim­it­ing illness.

Long Abstract:
This pan­el aims to bring togeth­er anthro­pol­o­gists study­ing tem­po­ral, spa­tial and rela­tion­al dimen­sions of care tra­jec­to­ries of peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing life-lim­it­ing ill­ness. The bur­geon­ing anthro­po­log­i­cal lit­er­a­ture on care con­cep­tu­al­izes care­giv­ing across insti­tu­tion­al and non-insti­tu­tion­al bound­aries and as both a form of labour and an affec­tive force (e.g. Buch 2018, Strong 2020, McK­ear­ney and Amrith 2021) and high­lights the embod­i­ment of care (Auli­no 2016; Jack­son 2021) as well as a resis­tance against total­iz­ing con­cep­tu­al­iza­tions (Cubel­lis 2020; Steven­son 2020). Invit­ing empir­i­cal and con­cep­tu­al explo­rations of care tra­jec­to­ries, we seek to high­light tem­po­ral, spa­tial and rela­tion­al move­ments of care prac­tices (cf. Solomon 2022), par­tic­u­lar­ly for and by peo­ple affect­ed by life-lim­it­ing illness.
In a con­text of chang­ing wel­fare states and increas­ing glob­al imple­men­ta­tions of forms of Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age, we ask: How do care rela­tions and care needs change dur­ing ill­ness tra­jec­to­ries? How do care­givers and patients move across bor­ders and insti­tu­tions to pro­vide and access care? What expec­ta­tions do they have of care tra­jec­to­ries and what alter­na­tive tra­jec­to­ries do they envi­sion? And how may ethno­graph­ic research on care tra­jec­to­ries lay bare the inter­sec­tion­al inequal­i­ties that shape people’s pos­si­bil­i­ties to give and access care over time? We invite pan­el con­trib­u­tors to unpack the con­cept of care tra­jec­to­ries based on ethno­graph­ic research, and to con­tribute to ongo­ing dis­cus­sions on the con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion of care.


02. Sep – 04. Sep 2024

Das Geschlecht der Medizin. Individualität in medizinischen Konzepten und Praktiken des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts


Tagung im Alfried Krupp Kol­leg in Greifswald 

„Das Geschlecht der Medi­zin. Indi­vid­u­al­ität in medi­zinis­chen Konzepten und Prak­tiken des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts”
2. bis 4. Sep­tem­ber 2024
Alfried Krupp Kol­leg Greifswald
Ein­sende­schluss für Abstracts 1. März 2024

Organ­i­sa­tion: Dr. Annal­isa Mar­tin, Prof. Dr. Annelie Rams­brock, Naima Tiné, M.A. (Lehrstuhl für All­ge­meine Geschichte der Neuesten Zeit, Uni­ver­sität Greifswald)

Die Geschichte der Medi­zin erlebt seit den 1980er Jahren eine Neuori­en­tierung: Wurde sie lange Zeit als his­toris­tis­che Erfol­gs­geschichte geschrieben, die sich aus ein­er Aneinan­der­rei­hung divers­er Ent­deck­un­gen durch (meist männliche) Ärzte speiste, find­et seit einiger Zeit eine kri­tis­che Auseinan­der­set­zung mit medi­zinis­chen Prak­tiken statt. Aktuelle Stu­di­en bele­gen, dass Diag­nos­tik, Behand­lung und Risikovorher­sage bei ein­er Vielzahl von Erkrankun­gen bedeut­same Geschlech­ter­dif­feren­zen zeigen. Dabei meint Geschlecht sowohl das biol­o­gis­che (sex) als auch das soziale (gen­der) Geschlecht und schließt ein Bewusst­sein für vielfältige geschlechtliche Iden­titäten und ihre lebensweltliche Rel­e­vanz mit ein, inklu­sive queere, trans und nicht­binäre Per­so­n­en. Zugle­ich ist die medi­zinis­che Forschung noch vielfach auf den männlichen Normkör­p­er zugeschnit­ten, berück­sichtigt also Geschlechteraspek­te sowie andere Diver­sitätsmerk­male nicht oder nur am Rande. Schließlich spie­len medi­zinis­che Gutacht­en nach wie vor eine bedeut­same Rolle beim Kampf um Anerken­nung von Tran­si­d­en­titäten, was zeigt: Geschlecht und Medi­zin sind aufs eng­ste miteinan­der ver­woben und ste­hen in einem rezipro­ken Ver­hält­nis zueinan­der: Medi­zin ist in vielfach­er Weise vergeschlechtlicht und umgekehrt find­et die Vergeschlechtlichung von Patient:innen durch medi­zinis­che Prak­tiken und Konzepte statt.

Die Tagung wählt dieses Ver­hält­nis als Flucht­punkt. Sie will die gesellschaftliche Dimen­sion von medi­zinis­chem Denken und Han­deln seit dem 19. Jahrhun­dert aus­loten und dementsprechend das Ver­hält­nis von Medi­zin und Geschlecht his­torisieren. Der Kör­p­er war stets ein umkämpftes Feld, sein sta­tus quo wed­er selb­stver­ständlich noch notwendig. Beson­ders für das 19. Jahrhun­dert gilt deshalb, dass ver­schiedene medi­zinis­che Konzepte und Prak­tiken par­al­lel zueinan­der existierten. Ein­er­seits machte die Zeit-Raum-Kom­pres­sion, d.h. die Verkürzung von Trans­port- und Kom­mu­nika­tion­swe­gen den glob­alen Trans­fer von Wis­sen über nationale, kul­turelle und sprach­liche Gren­zen hin­weg möglich und führte zur Ver­schmelzung, Aneig­nung und Neuord­nung von Wis­sen um Kör­p­er und Geschlecht. Ander­er­seits entwick­el­ten ver­schiedene poli­tis­che Strö­mungen unter­schiedliche Anforderun­gen an (geschlechtsspez­i­fis­che) Medi­zin. In Debat­ten der sozial­is­tis­chen Bewe­gung rund um Aus­beu­tung, Arbeits­be­din­gun­gen und Lohn rück­te der Kör­p­er und das Ide­al der kör­per­lichen Unversehrtheit in den Mit­telpunkt. Darüber hin­aus wurde die hege­mo­ni­ale Medi­zin sowohl in den Kolonien als auch in den europäis­chen Armen­vierteln gewalt­sam gegen den unter­drück­ten Kör­p­er durchge­set­zt und avancierte zu einem gängi­gen Herrschaftsin­stru­ment, das biopoli­tis­che Maß­nah­men natur­wis­senschaftlich legit­imierte. Damit wur­den geschlechtsspez­i­fis­che medi­zinis­che Hand­lungsparamter auch zum Gegen­stand bürg­er­lich­er, nation­al­is­tis­ch­er und impe­ri­al­is­tis­ch­er Poli­tik. Auch hier führte das dichotome Zwei-Geschlechter-Mod­ell zu unter­schiedlichen Anforderun­gen an den männlichen und weib­lichen Kör­p­er und trug zur Ver­fes­ti­gung dieses Mod­ells bei.
Mit unser­er Tagung wollen wir den the­o­retisch-method­is­chen Anspruch ein­er rekur­siv­en und kri­tis­chen Wis­sens­geschichte von Medi­zin und Geschlecht disku­tieren. Fol­gende Fragekom­plexe wären denkbar:

1. Ein erster Fragekom­plex befasst sich mit unter­schiedlichen Geschlechterkonzepten, die medi­zinis­che Strö­mungen prägten und die sie zugle­ich selb­st her­vor­bracht­en. Welche ontol­o­gis­chen Grun­dan­nah­men lagen ihnen jew­eils zugrunde und inwieweit spiegelte sich deren Wan­del­barkeit in Diag­nos­tik, Ther­a­pie und Forschung? Und umgekehrt: In welchem Maße tru­gen medi­zinis­che Hand­lungslogiken zu ein­er (De)Stabilisierung der Geschlechterord­nung als Fun­da­ment der (bürg­er­lichen) Gesellschaft bei?

2. Ein zweit­er Fragekom­plex zielt auf den Ein­fluss von Wirtschaft, Reli­gion und Poli­tik auf geschlechtsspez­i­fis­che medi­zinis­che Prak­tiken. In welchem Maße ver­schwamm die Bedeu­tung von Krankheit und Gesund­heit hin­ter gesellschaft­spoli­tis­chen Inter­essen, zu denen auch Impe­ri­al­is­mus und Kolo­nial­is­mus zu zählen sind?

3. Drit­tens soll es um die Autonomie der Patient:innen über medi­zinis­che Ein­griffe in ihren Kör­p­er gehen. Welche wis­senschaftlichen, aber auch sozialen und kul­turellen Entwick­lun­gen lancierten iden­titäts­be­zo­gene Ver­schiebun­gen im medi­zinis­chen Han­deln? Wie sah das konkrete Rin­gen um Deu­tung­shoheit über den eige­nen Kör­p­er in ver­schiede­nen antag­o­nis­tis­chen Kon­stel­la­tio­nen aus? Wer waren die Akteure solch­er Kämpfe und wo fan­den sie statt?

Die Kon­feren­zsprache ist vor­wiegend Deutsch, es kön­nen aber auch Beiträge in Englis­ch­er Sprache ein­gere­icht werden.

Bitte senden Sie Ihr Abstract (max­i­mal 300 Wörter) und eine Kurzbi­ogra­phie (50–100 Wörter) bis spätestens 1. März 2024 an Eine Bah­n­reise 2. Klasse, Flu­greise nach Absprache und die Unter­bringung kön­nen bei Bedarf über­nom­men werden.

Keynote 2. Sep­tem­ber: Prof. Dr. Karen Nolte (Hei­del­berg)

Pan­els 3.–4. September



02. Sep – 03. Sep 2024

Reproductive Violence


Con­fer­ence at Uni­ver­si­ty of Edinburgh

„Repro­duc­tive Vio­lence” Conference
2nd-3rd Sep­tem­ber 2024
Uni­ver­si­ty of Edinburgh

Keynote: Pro­fes­sor Sarah Ihmoud

In this con­fer­ence we will explore under­stand­ings of repro­duc­tive vio­lence, in the light of the repro­duc­tive jus­tice frame­work, as a vio­la­tion of bod­i­ly auton­o­my and the rights to have chil­dren, to not have chil­dren, and to raise any chil­dren one choos­es to have in a safe and healthy environment.

Repro­duc­tive vio­lence is often sub­sumed with­in broad­er cat­e­gories of sex­u­al and gen­der-based vio­lence. The atten­tion that sex­u­al vio­lence has gained on human rights and tran­si­tion­al jus­tice agen­das since the 1990s has not been extend­ed to under­stand­ing and address­ing vio­la­tions of people’s repro­duc­tive auton­o­my, free­dom, and futures. Despite the devel­op­ment of the repro­duc­tive jus­tice frame­work in 1994, much aca­d­e­m­ic and activist work remains focused large­ly on con­tra­cep­tives and abor­tion, most­ly with a choice rhetoric and in nar­row geo­graph­ic and socioe­co­nom­ic contexts.

In this two-day in-per­son con­fer­ence, we join transna­tion­al fem­i­nist ini­tia­tives that agi­tate for com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ings of repro­duc­tive vio­lence and repro­duc­tive jus­tice. We seek to bring togeth­er schol­ars at dif­fer­ent career stages to engage in con­ver­sa­tions that can con­tribute to a nuanced under­stand­ing of how the repro­duc­tive lives of peo­ple, par­tic­u­lar­ly racialised and fem­i­nised bod­ies, have been affect­ed, often specif­i­cal­ly targeted.

We invite abstracts that speak to the themes and ques­tions of the con­fer­ence, includ­ing: In what ways does repro­duc­tion emerge as a site of vio­lence, exploita­tion, and resis­tance? How do ide­olo­gies of moth­er­hood and prac­tices of moth­er­ing con­fig­ure repro­duc­tive vio­lence and resis­tance? How does the nat­u­ral­iza­tion of repro­duc­tive labour shape embod­ied expe­ri­ences of repro­duc­tion? How do state and non-state actors assume con­trol and exert coer­cion over repro­duc­tive bod­ies? How is repro­duc­tion sit­u­at­ed with­in leg­isla­tive and pol­i­cy frame­works con­cern­ing con­texts of war, geno­cide, and oth­er human­i­tar­i­an emer­gen­cies? How are notions of gen­der (re)produced through acts of repro­duc­tive vio­lence? Papers may speak to the fol­low­ing themes in rela­tion to repro­duc­tive violence:

– Con­flict and violence
– Colo­nial­ism and occupation
– Environmental/climate crises
– Dis­abil­i­ty justice
– Incar­cer­a­tion and detention
– Migra­tion and displacement
– Pover­ty and precarity
– Strug­gles for repa­ra­tions, rights, and justice
– Obstet­ric vio­lence and racism

Con­fer­ence Organisers

Dr Tatiana Sanchez Par­ra is a Marie Skłodows­ka-Curie Actions Fel­low in the School of Social and Polit­i­cal Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh. Tatiana’s research is sit­u­at­ed at the inter­sec­tion of fem­i­nist stud­ies, socio-legal stud­ies, and Latin Amer­i­can stud­ies. She works on issues relat­ed to fem­i­nist peace­build­ing, repro­duc­tive jus­tice, and repro­duc­tive vio­lence in con­texts of war and polit­i­cal tran­si­tions. Her cur­rent project, ‚Advanc­ing Gen­der Jus­tice, Tack­ling Repro­duc­tive Vio­lence: Forced Par­ent­hood in Con­texts of War’, focus­es on the expe­ri­ences of cis­gen­der women and trans­gen­der men who are par­ent­ing chil­dren born of con­flict-relat­ed sex­u­al vio­lence in Colombia.

Dr Lucy Lowe is a senior lec­tur­er in med­ical anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Edin­burgh. Her work illu­mi­nates how prac­tices and ide­olo­gies of gen­der, moth­er­hood, and repro­duc­tion are cen­tred in process­es of migra­tion and asy­lum. She cur­rent­ly leads the Mater­ni­ty, Migra­tion, and Asy­lum in Scot­land (MAMAS) project, which explores how preg­nan­cy and moth­er­hood affect refugee and asy­lum-seek­ing women’s expe­ri­ences of migra­tion and settlement.

Keynote: Pro­fes­sor Sarah Ihmoud

Sarah Ihmoud is a Chi­cana-Pales­tin­ian anthro­pol­o­gist who works to uplift the lived expe­ri­ences, his­to­ries, and polit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions of Pales­tin­ian women and Pales­tin­ian fem­i­nism. She is a found­ing mem­ber of the Pales­tin­ian Fem­i­nist Col­lec­tive, an exec­u­tive board mem­ber of Insaniyy­at, the Soci­ety of Pales­tin­ian Anthro­pol­o­gists, and is assis­tant pro­fes­sor of anthro­pol­o­gy at the Col­lege of the Holy Cross in Worces­ter, MA.

Please send abstracts (250 words max) and bios (100 words max) to and by 30th May 2024.


There are a lim­it­ed num­ber of £100 bur­saries avail­able for pre­sen­ters. If you would like to apply for a bur­sary, please also include a para­graph in your appli­ca­tion (100 words max) clear­ly stat­ing whether you have access to fund­ing, and how attend­ing the con­fer­ence could con­tribute to your work and cre­ative pursuits.


05. Sep – 06. Sep 2024

2nd International Conference on Caring for Elderly and Dependent People


Pan­el at Rovi­ra i Vir­gili Uni­ver­si­ty, Tar­rag­o­na (Spain) on Car­ing for Elder­ly and Depen­dent People 

2nd Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence on Car­ing for Elder­ly and Depen­dent People
5–6 Sep­tem­ber 2024
Rovi­ra i Vir­gili Uni­ver­si­ty, Tar­rag­o­na (Spain)

We would like to inform you that we have extend­ed the dead­line for sub­mit­ting pro­pos­als for papers for the 2nd Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Care for the Elder­ly and Depen­dents until 20 May.
You can sub­mit your abstract by using the fol­low­ing link: The 2nd Inter­na­tion­al Con­fer­ence “Car­ing for Elder­ly and Depen­dent Peo­ple: Social and Polit­i­cal Com­mit­ments for a Care Mod­el in Tran­si­tion” will be held on 5–6 Sep­tem­ber 2024 at Rovi­ra i Vir­gili Uni­ver­si­ty (Tar­rag­o­na, Spain).

More detailed infor­ma­tion on the con­fer­ence can be found here:

If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact


05. Sep – 06. Sep 2024

Post-Pandemic Imaginaries Space, Culture and Memory after Lockdown


Cen­tre for Cul­ture and Every­day Life at the School of the Arts, Uni­ver­si­ty of Liv­er­pool, UK

„Post-Pan­dem­ic Imag­i­nar­ies Space, Cul­ture and Mem­o­ry after Lockdown”
5–6th September
Cen­tre for Cul­ture and Every­day Life at the School of the Arts, Uni­ver­si­ty of Liv­er­pool, UK
Keynote speak­ers: Stef Craps (Ghent Uni­ver­si­ty), Dawn Lyon (Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent)
Cfp dead­line 10 May

The Cen­tre for Cul­ture and Every­day Life (CCEL) invites con­tri­bu­tions to a two-day inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence explor­ing changes in the expe­ri­ence and imag­in­ing of every­day urban spaces fol­low­ing the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic. The aim of the con­fer­ence is to focus crit­i­cal atten­tion not on the impact of the pan­dem­ic and asso­ci­at­ed gov­ern­ment lock­downs, but on the process­es of reimag­in­ing, remem­ber­ing and remap­ping of every­day cul­ture and expe­ri­ence through a post-pan­dem­ic lens.
A key focus of enquiry are the real-and-imag­i­nary geo­gra­phies of every­day expe­ri­ences under lock­down where the imag­i­na­tion was put to work in ways that often elicit­ed het­ero­topic glimpses of a post-pan­dem­ic world that may, in the years since, have all but slipped into obliv­ion. Dur­ing lock­down, the ‘spa­tial play’ (Marin 1984) of the utopic imag­i­na­tion – the inter­play of hori­zons and fron­tiers as nego­ti­at­ed through forms of every­day social and spa­tial prac­tice – was gal­vanised by a col­lec­tive expe­ri­ence of space and time that trans­formed the affec­tive con­tours of every­day liv­ing. As phys­i­cal move­ments and inter­ac­tions were com­pressed into the indi­vid­u­alised land­scapes of lock­down, alter­na­tive, vir­tu­al forms of social and spa­tial rela­tion­ships were brought into play. Whether by ensconc­ing one­self in vir­tu­al spaces or by ven­tur­ing anew into the sud­den­ly depop­u­lat­ed land­scapes of local urban neigh­bour­hoods, recon­fig­ured forms of indi­vid­ual spa­tial agency brought with them a cor­re­spond­ing recon­fig­ur­ing of the every­day urban imaginary.
For some, dystopi­an sce­nar­ios famil­iar from lit­er­a­ture and film were off­set by small utopi­an moments: the impulse of plan­ners and city coun­cils to take the oppor­tu­ni­ty to engage cit­i­zens in reimag­in­ing urban space, moments of com­mu­ni­ty and togeth­er­ness amid the enforced sep­a­ra­tions, an absence of traf­fic noise and pol­lu­tion, and new­ly audi­ble bird­song. Videos shared online that showed wild ani­mals roam­ing the streets, and even memes ridi­cul­ing the notion that “nature is heal­ing”, may have even offered some momen­tary respite from ongo­ing cli­mate anx­i­ety. While for many peo­ple, con­fine­ment could be expe­ri­enced as chaot­ic, over­crowd­ed, and made work-time almost end­less, for oth­ers it opened up time to reflect, and to pause, to imag­ine how their lives might be otherwise.
If there was a utopi­an impulse amid the ter­rors of the pan­dem­ic, what did it look like, and what traces remain? Is there an eth­i­cal and aes­thet­ic imper­a­tive to sal­vage the resid­ual glimpses, frag­ments, dreams and imag­i­nar­ies engen­dered by the pan­dem­ic? In what ways, if any, did the pro­ject­ed imag­in­ings of post-pan­dem­ic urban futures con­tribute to sub­stan­tive changes that are dis­cernible now, four years on? How are the lived spaces and tem­po­ral­i­ties of cities qual­i­ta­tive­ly dif­fer­ent today from what they were in 2019? Are they dif­fer­ent or was it all just a blip? What traces of pan­dem­ic behav­iour and expe­ri­ence remain in our dai­ly inter­ac­tions? Has the pan­dem­ic brought about a keen­er aware­ness and val­ue of the local? How did art and pho­tog­ra­phy respond to the tem­po­rary trans­for­ma­tion of pub­lic and social space? How have forms of every­day mobil­i­ty changed? Are there post-pan­dem­ic spa­tial sto­ries that reveal a trans­for­ma­tion in how peo­ple engage with and imag­ine every­day urban spaces? And if there are, what do these spa­tial sto­ries look like? What do they say and how might they be traced or mapped? What does re-engag­ing the every­day mean in a post-pan­dem­ic world?

About the Keynote speakers:
Stef Craps (Ghent University)
Stef is Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture at Ghent Uni­ver­si­ty, where he directs the Cul­tur­al Mem­o­ry Stud­ies Ini­tia­tive. He has authored or edit­ed numer­ous books, spe­cial jour­nal issues and arti­cles on trau­ma, mem­o­ry, cli­mate change and eco-emo­tions as medi­at­ed through culture.

Dawn Lyon (Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent)
Dawn is Pro­fes­sor of Soci­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kent. She has pub­lished wide­ly on the soci­ol­o­gy of work, time and every­day life. Her recent research includes analy­sis of accounts of every­day life col­lect­ed by Mass Obser­va­tion dur­ing the Covid-19 Pan­dem­ic, attend­ing to rhythm and future imagining.

We wel­come pro­pos­als address­ing these issues from schol­ars at all career stages and a wide range of dis­ci­plines and backgrounds.

Abstract Sub­mis­sion: Please send abstracts (300 words max.) with your name, title, affil­i­a­tion (where appro­pri­ate) and a short bio (up to 200 words). Please pre­pare for a 20 minute pre­sen­ta­tion by 10 May 2024 to the con­fer­ence orga­niz­ers:

Noti­fi­ca­tions of accep­tance will be sent out by 7th June 2024.


09. Sep – 11. Sep 2024

Interdisciplinarity: Medical Humanities and Research at the intersections of the Humanities, the Social Sciences, Clinical Practice and Biomedicine


Med­ical Human­i­ties Inter­na­tion­al Sum­mer School 2024 in Vad­ste­na, Sweden

„Inter­dis­ci­pli­nar­i­ty: Med­ical Human­i­ties and Research at the inter­sec­tions of the Human­i­ties, the Social Sci­ences, Clin­i­cal Prac­tice and Biomedicine”
Med­ical Human­i­ties Inter­na­tion­al Sum­mer School 2024
Orga­nized by The Cen­tre for Med­ical Human­i­ties and Bioethics (Linköping Uni­ver­si­ty) and the Insti­tute for Med­ical Human­i­ties (Durham University)
Vad­ste­na, Sweden
9–11 Sep­tem­ber 2024
Dead­line: 12th March

What does inter­dis­ci­pli­nar­i­ty in med­ical human­i­ties mean? What are the epis­te­mo­log­i­cal under­pin­nings of dif­fer­ent inter­dis­ci­pli­nary ways of engag­ing in med­ical human­i­ties research? What are the chal­lenges and pos­si­bil­i­ties in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research at the inter­sec­tion between the human­i­ties, the social sci­ences, clin­i­cal research, and bio­med­i­cine? These are some of the ques­tions that will be explored in this Med­ical Human­i­ties Sum­mer School aimed at PhD stu­dents in med­ical human­i­ties, social sci­ences, and med­i­cine, and with an inter­est in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research. 

For infor­ma­tion about prac­ti­cal details, bur­saries, and how to apply please vis­it: .


12. Sep – 13. Sep 2024

Handgriffe: Zur Bedeutung von Hand und Werkzeug für die Heilberufe


Tagung in Ingol­stadt und Nürnberg

Tagung „Hand­griffe: Zur Bedeu­tung von Hand und Werkzeug für die Heilberufe“
12. und 13.9.2024
Ingol­stadt und Nürnberg

Ver­anstal­ter sind:
Deutsches Medi­z­in­his­torisches Muse­um Ingol­stadt Insti­tut für Geschichte der Medi­zin der Universität Würzburg Insti­tut für Geschichtswis­senschaften und Europäische Eth­nolo­gie der Universität Inns­bruck Vere­in für Sozialgeschichte der Medi­zin in Koop­er­a­tion mit dem Ger­man­is­chen National­mu­se­um Nürnberg

Bei Inter­esse melden Sie sich bitte unter der Adresse an



12. Sep – 13. Sep 2024

Popular Health & Social Media Conference


Con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Siegen (Ger­many)

Pop­u­lar Health & Social Media Conference
Uni­ver­si­ty of Siegen (Ger­many)
Sep­tem­ber 12 and 13, 2024

Three the­mat­ic areas: (1) self-track­ing, with a spe­cial focus on the man­age­ment of (chron­ic) dis­eases, (2) chron­ic dis­eases and the use of social media, and (3) the exam­i­na­tion of
indi­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties that change and shape their every­day lives with the help of social media and online com­mu­ni­ties (ME/CFS and/or long/­post-COVID syn­drome, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, lipede­ma, etc.).

These three the­mat­ic areas will be cov­ered in three dis­tinct pan­els and each pan­el will be opened by a renowned expert in the field: (1) Rachael Kent (King’s Col­lege Lon­don, UK), (2) Aman­da Karls­son (Aarhus Uni­ver­sitet, DK), and (3) Bian­ca Jan­sky (Uni­ver­si­ty of Augs­burg, DE). 

The call for abstracts specif­i­cal­ly address­es pre­docs and ear­ly post­docs and clos­es on June 1, 2024. Find it here.

For more infor­ma­tion please see here:


19. Sep – 20. Sep 2024

Shifting Relations: Ageing in a Datafied World


An annu­al meet­ing of the Socio-geron­tech­nol­o­gy Network

„Shift­ing Rela­tions: Age­ing in a Datafied World”
An annu­al meet­ing of the Socio-geron­tech­nol­o­gy Network
19–20 Sept
Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Vienna
Dead­line: 15 March

The event brings togeth­er crit­i­cal schol­ar­ship on age­ing and tech­nol­o­gy from var­i­ous social sci­ences and human­i­ties per­spec­tives – includ­ing STS, age stud­ies, social and crit­i­cal geron­tol­ogy, media stud­ies, crit­i­cal design stud­ies, and many others.
Please find a detailed call for papers, posters and ses­sions at


21. Sep – 28. Sep 2024

Viral Atmospheres: Maneuvering the affective geographies of pandemics and health


CfA for a Sum­mer School in Berlin

Sum­mer School „Viral Atmos­pheres: Maneu­ver­ing the affec­tive geo­gra­phies of pan­demics and health”

CfA dead­line: 30. August 2024

Keynote speak­ers:

Frédéric Keck (LAS Paris, France)
Tania Ros­set­to (Uni­ver­sità di Pado­va, Italy)
Arne Vogelge­sant (Artist, Berlin, Germany)


Sung Joon Park (BNITM Ham­burg, Germany),
Han­sjörg Dil­ger (FU Berlin, Germany),
Julia Horn­berg­er (Wits Uni­ver­si­ty, Johan­nes­burg, South Africa),
Bo Kyeong Seo (Yon­sei Uni­ver­si­ty, Seoul, Korea),
Nene Mor­isho (Pole Insti­tute, Goma, DRC),
Jacque­line Häußler (BNITM Ham­burg, Germany)

Viral Atmos­phere is a trans­dis­ci­pli­nary sum­mer school on the felt spaces of the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic. The con­cept of the atmos­phere draws our atten­tion to the ways feel­ings can be under­stood to ’sur­round us,’ to be ‚poured into space,’ ‚occu­py spaces’ and are influ­enced by space, as recent works in neophe­nom­e­nol­o­gy have been char­ac­ter­iz­ing this concept.1 That is, an atmos­phere is essen­tial­ly a descrip­tion of the felt space—a Gefühlsraum.

In our sum­mer school, we sug­gest that felt spaces help us to enrich our under­stand­ing of the impact of the pan­dem­ic and the glob­al health response to it. For instance, an iso­la­tion room may be a three-dimen­sion­al space. Explor­ing it as a felt space filled with feel­ings of anx­i­eties, exhaus­tion, or ease helps us to get a grasp at the embod­ied expe­ri­ence of immo­bi­liza­tion dur­ing the pan­dem­ic. Pub­lic spaces can be sim­i­lar­ly con­ceived as felt spaces of expo­sure that radi­ate feel­ings of mis­trust, vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty, and fear. Or, explor­ing the dig­i­tal world of social media and the inter­net as a felt space may prof­fer new ques­tions for under­stand­ing how infor­ma­tion and also mis­in­for­ma­tion affects people.

The prac­ti­cal, col­lab­o­ra­tive, and trans­dis­ci­pli­nary engage­ment of the felt spaces of the
pan­dem­ic in our sum­mer school attempts to move beyond the ‚method­olog­i­cal nation­al­ism’ in sci­ence and pol­i­tics of pan­dem­ic pre­pared­ness and response.2 In spite of repeat­ed calls for holis­tic One World approach­es to health, research and action remain chiefly cen­tered on the nation-state and are per­haps more than ever defined by coun­tries of the glob­al North. By con­trast, we will explore how felt spaces allow us to trace the affec­tive geo­gra­phies of pan­demics and glob­al health. What prac­tices of visu­al­iz­ing and com­par­ing atmos­pheres, includ­ing artis­tic modes of expres­sion, can get the affec­tive geo­gra­phies to gel? How have peo­ple in dif­fer­ent places been expe­ri­enc­ing and maneu­ver­ing these geo­gra­phies and keep on maneu­ver­ing them as they search for a mode of remem­ber­ing the pan­dem­ic? Final­ly, we want to ask what can be learned from these affec­tive geo­gra­phies of pan­demics for future glob­al pub­lic health emergencies.

Viral Atmos­pheres has the fol­low­ing aims:

• Explore meth­ods and tools to study feel­ings in epi­demics, pan­demics, and oth­er public
health emer­gen­cies as atmospheres
• Doc­u­ment and recon­struct the felt spaces of pan­demics through the inte­gra­tion of
dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines and their approaches
• Map the affec­tive geo­gra­phies of the pan­dem­ic through trans­dis­ci­pli­nary collaboration

The sum­mer school invites stu­dents at advanced MA lev­el and PhD lev­el from a broad range of dis­ci­plines, such as social and cul­tur­al anthro­pol­o­gy, area stud­ies, geog­ra­phy, media stud­ies, visu­al and per­form­ing arts, as well as life sci­ences to par­tic­i­pate in a trans­dis­ci­pli­nary and col­lab­o­ra­tive sum­mer school. In par­tic­u­lar, we invite stu­dents, who work on:

• Covid-19 pan­dem­ic, epi­demics and more gen­er­al­ly pub­lic health crises
• Feel­ings, atmos­pheres, and affect
• Spaces, mobil­i­ty, and geography
And who want to
• Show­case their ongo­ing work in trans­dis­ci­pli­nary work­ing groups
• Make a con­tri­bu­tion to trans­dis­ci­pli­nary and col­lab­o­ra­tive out­put (spe­cial issue, online
exhi­bi­tion, book publication).

The sum­mer school will pro­vide lec­tures, sem­i­nars, and exper­i­ments by part­ners and
researchers of the VW-fund­ed research project „Mobil­i­ty Regimes of Pre­pared­ness and
Response: The Case of Covid-19″ by researchers in Ger­many, South Korea, South Africa, and the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of the Con­go ( The researchers of this project will show­case works that extend the com­par­a­tive analy­sis of coun­try-spe­cif­ic expe­ri­ences of the pan­dem­ic toward a col­lab­o­ra­tive study of the affec­tive geog­ra­phy of the felt spaces of the pan­dem­ic. Fur­ther­more, the sum­mer school will com­prise prac­ti­cal exer­cis­es in trans­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tive research and pub­li­ca­tion on affec­tive geographies.

Orga­ni­za­tion and application

The cost of trav­el and accom­mo­da­tion will be cov­ered by the MoReP­PaR project. Please send us your appli­ca­tion (in Eng­lish) comprising:

• Moti­va­tion letter
• CV or in case you apply as a stu­dent of the arts a CV and portfolio
• Abstract of max­i­mal 500 words sum­ma­riz­ing the mate­r­i­al you want to present (sto­ries
from the field, data, video mate­r­i­al, sound mate­r­i­al, visu­al mate­r­i­al, …) and how you
want to present it (pre­sen­ta­tion of paper or art­work, per­for­mance, reading, …)

Send your appli­ca­tion to by 30. August 2024. For fur­ther inquiries, please do not hes­i­tate writ­ing to or


23. Sep – 26. Sep 2024

„Transition in Health”


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. 



23. Sep – 26. Sep 2024

Images as evidence (of what)? The Body at the Intersection of Science and Art


Vien­na Anthro­pol­o­gy Days, Dept. of Social & Cul­tur­al Anthro­pol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Vienna

Images as evi­dence (of what)? The Body at the Inter­sec­tion of Sci­ence and Art
Sep­tem­ber 23–26th
Uni­ver­si­ty of Vienna
Con­ven­ers Sophie Wag­n­er & Bar­bara Graf
CfP Dead­line June 1st

Sci­en­tif­ic images of the human body hold a dis­tinct sta­tus as being reli­able medi­ums, even though we often don’t know, or par­tial­ly ignore, what kind of image it is and how it has been made (Canals 2020). This is true for visu­al­iza­tions that serve as ref­er­en­tial wit­ness – micro pho­tog­ra­phy, x‑rays, MRI, CT-scans or endo­scop­ic images – and “visu­al strate­gies” that put togeth­er data on the basis of syn­the­sis, order­ing knowl­edge in “abstract tableaus”, trans­form­ing it into cal­cu­la­ble fig­ures, graphs or dia­grams (Mer­sch 2006). They serve as evi­dence in clin­i­cal deci­sion mak­ing, as tool for gov­ern­men­tal prac­tices, and legit­imize poli­cies. Bod­ies are dis­sect­ed, screened and mea­sured, promis­ing trans­paren­cy (Strath­ern 2000), cre­at­ing a sense of “hyper cer­tain­ty” (Fox 2000), and fos­ter­ing the idea of med­i­cine as “exact sci­ence”. With this pan­el we aim to dis­cuss cur­rent modes of engag­ing with the human body visu­al­ly, exam­in­ing this fram­ing of bod­ies, beings – and lives in gen­er­al – as cal­cu­la­ble and pre­dictable. We want to exam­ine the ter­rain of both – the visu­al­iza­tions of dis­eases, and artic­u­la­tions of indi­vid­ual ill­ness expe­ri­ences, which have proven to be par­tic­u­lar­ly use­ful in sup­port­ing the patient-doc­tor com­mu­ni­ca­tion. We ask: how can we crit­i­cal­ly engage with image-mak­ing embed­ded in dis­cours­es of cer­tain­ty and trust? Fol­low­ing the Images of Care collective’s man­i­festo (Pieta and Favero 2023), we under­stand visu­al cul­ture – “how we see, how we are able, allowed, or made to see, and how we see this see­ing or the unseen there­in” (Fos­ter 1988:ix) – as being shaped by ongo­ing dia­logues between biol­o­gy, cul­ture and pol­i­tics. We invite schol­ars and prac­ti­tion­ers to present works, which explore bod­i­ly process­es, cor­po­re­al sen­sa­tions and ill­ness expe­ri­ences. We high­light an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­spec­tive, hop­ing to inspire dia­logue across pro­fes­sion­al bound­aries, invit­ing anthro­pol­o­gists who fol­low col­lab­o­ra­tive and exper­i­men­tal approach­es (For­tun et al. 2021), visu­al artists, health-care pro­fes­sion­als, and patient advocates.

More info:


09. Okt – 10. Okt 2024

Sweden-oriented meeting for Medicine and Health Phd Students


Meet­ing at Umea Uni­ver­si­ty, Sweden

16. Okt – 17. Okt 2024

Critical Choices: Triaging Humanitarian Priorities


Hybrid 26th Human­i­tar­i­an Con­gress Berlin

26th Human­i­tar­i­an Con­gress Berlin: „Crit­i­cal Choic­es: Triag­ing Human­i­tar­i­an Priorities”
16–17 Octo­ber, 2024
Ura­nia Berlin
In-per­son and online

We are excit­ed to announce that the Human­i­tar­i­an Con­gress Berlin will be back with two days of in-per­son and hybrid ses­sions, work­shops, and our exhi­bi­tion and exchange area – the Human­i­tar­i­an Forum. Whether you are a cur­rent, for­mer or future human­i­tar­i­an expert, politi­cian, thought leader, media pro­fes­sion­al or researcher inter­est­ed in dri­ving pos­i­tive change through crit­i­cal debate, this event is for you.

This year’s pro­gramme will revolve around nav­i­gat­ing human­i­tar­i­an needs against the back­drop of diverse crises. The rise of author­i­tar­i­an regimes, a glob­al shift towards right-wing pol­i­tics, the cli­mate cri­sis, the sys­tem­at­ic ero­sion of human­i­tar­i­an prin­ci­ples and attacks on human­i­tar­i­ans accom­pa­nied by dras­tic bud­get cuts amongst oth­ers are putting unprece­dent­ed pres­sure on human­i­tar­i­an actors, fur­ther politi­cis­ing them and endan­ger­ing their safety.

The con­gress will explore how, besides grow­ing pri­or­i­ties in a mul­ti­po­lar world, a coher­ent vision for human­i­tar­i­an inter­ven­tion as well as for­ward-think­ing approach­es such as the use of AI in human­i­tar­i­an action, antic­i­pa­to­ry action, and the long-term con­se­quences of crises can be applied to seek solu­tions for equi­table, resilient, and sus­tain­able futures.

For fur­ther updates and details, vis­it our web­site and fol­low us on X @humconberlin (#HCBer­lin). An offi­cial invi­ta­tion includ­ing the online reg­is­tra­tion will fol­low in due course.

We would be delight­ed to wel­come you to the Human­i­tar­i­an Con­gress Berlin 2024.

This event is host­ed by Médecins Sans Fron­tières / Doc­tors with­out Bor­ders, Médecins du Monde / Doc­tors of the World, and the Ger­man Red Cross, in part­ner­ship with Oxfam Germany.


23. Okt 2024

Solidary pharma? Contemporary proposals for pharma reform in the European Union


Online webi­nar

Online Webi­nar: Sol­idary phar­ma? Con­tem­po­rary pro­pos­als for phar­ma reform in the Euro­pean Union
23rd of October
3:00 – 4:30 pm CET

Reg­is­tra­tion: Please reg­is­ter to receive a link to the webi­nar. The link will be sent to you by e‑mail a few days before the webinar.

Details: At this webi­nar, we will dis­cuss and com­pare two cur­rent pol­i­cy pro­pos­als that include calls for more sol­idary prac­tices in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sec­tor: 1) The ‘Pan­dem­ic Treaty’ that is cur­rent­ly nego­ti­at­ed, tabled by the Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Coun­cil in autumn 2021 and car­ried for­ward by the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion, and 2) the Euro­pean Commission’s pro­pos­al for reg­u­la­to­ry reform that address­es the autho­riza­tion and super­vi­sion of med­i­c­i­nal prod­ucts pub­lished in spring 2023.

These reg­u­la­to­ry mea­sures seem to devel­op through sep­a­rate process­es and are rarely dis­cussed togeth­er. How­ev­er, they share sim­i­lar aims of pro­vid­ing for more equi­table access and the shar­ing of crit­i­cal med­ical resources inter­na­tion­al­ly – albeit by dif­fer­ent pol­i­cy mea­sures. We seek to iden­ti­fy the over­laps and dis­crep­an­cies between the two pol­i­cy pro­pos­als and reflect on what aca­d­e­mics and civ­il soci­ety togeth­er might do to help direct them toward glob­al solidarity.

Three dis­tin­guished speak­ers will pro­vide a short intro­duc­tion to the pol­i­cy reforms and set the scene for discussion:

- Prof. Susi Geiger, Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Dublin
– Sara Rafael Almei­da, Pol­i­cy Offi­cer, Euro­pean Commission
– Jaume Vidal, Senior Pol­i­cy Advi­sor, Health Action International


24. Okt – 25. Okt 2024

Charity and voluntarism in Britain’s mixed economy of healthcare since 1948


Con­fer­ence in London

Two day con­fer­ence on „Char­i­ty and vol­un­tarism in Britain’s mixed econ­o­my of health­care since 1948”
Thu-Fri 24–25 Octo­ber 2024
Cfp Dead­line: May 10th

In 1946, the Min­is­ter of Health for Eng­land and Wales, Aneurin Bevan, con­demned the extent to which a sig­nif­i­cant part of the UK’s hos­pi­tal sys­tem was depen­dent on the ‘caprice of pri­vate char­i­ty’.  How­ev­er, char­i­ty – and vol­un­tarism more gen­er­al­ly – have con­tin­ued to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the devel­op­ment of health­care with­in the UK’s Nation­al Health Ser­vice. Dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, the remark­able impact of NHS Char­i­ties Together’s Urgent COVID-19 Appeal demon­strat­ed the con­tin­u­ing rel­e­vance of char­i­ta­ble mon­ey in the NHS today. 

We invite abstract sub­mis­sions for papers from aca­d­e­m­ic researchers, pol­i­cy-mak­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers which active­ly engage with ques­tions about the role of char­i­ty in health­care sys­tems. Although our own project has focused on devel­op­ments with­in the UK, we also wel­come papers which address these issues from a more inter­na­tion­al per­spec­tive. Papers might address ques­tions includ­ing (but not lim­it­ed to): 

– What eth­i­cal issues are gen­er­at­ed by char­i­ta­ble finance in health-care, and how might organ­i­sa­tions respond to the dilem­mas these pose? 
– Who defines the aspects of health­care pro­vi­sion that are ‘essen­tial’, or are ‘nice-to-have’? 
– To what extent has char­i­ty played a par­tic­u­lar role either in pio­neer­ing the devel­op­ment of new ser­vices or direct­ing atten­tion to the needs of so-called ‘Cin­derel­la’ services? 
– How have atti­tudes to fundrais­ing, and fundrais­ing prac­tices in health­care, changed over the years? 
– What role has char­i­ty played in ‘embed­ding’ hos­pi­tals and oth­er health­care facil­i­ties with­in their com­mu­ni­ties, and what role does it con­tin­ue to play? 
– What roles have busi­ness­es and cor­po­ra­tions played in rela­tion to char­i­ta­ble income in the NHS?
– What impact has char­i­ta­ble fund­ing had with­in broad­er pat­terns of health­care expenditure? 
– What can debates about the role of char­i­ty with­in health­care reveal about the atti­tudes of dif­fer­ent polit­i­cal par­ties towards the role of vol­un­tarism more broadly? 

More details and full call for papers avail­able on the project web­site.


11. Nov – 15. Nov 2024

Inequalities in (Mental) Healthcare: Critical Perspectives in Medical Anthropology


Hybrid event in the frame­works of the World Anthro­po­log­i­cal Union Con­gress 2024

Inequal­i­ties in (Men­tal) Health­care: Crit­i­cal Per­spec­tives in Med­ical Anthropology
Pan­el at World Antrhopo­log­i­cal Union Con­gress 2024
Con­venors: Sharon Gabie (Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­si­ty, Johan­nes­burg­burg, South Africa), Hel­mar Kurz (Uni­ver­si­ty of Muen­ster, Germany)
When: 11th – 15th Novem­ber 2024
Cfp dead­line: 13 May 2024

Pan­el Abstract:
(Men­tal) health­care sys­tems world­wide meet var­i­ous chal­lenges, par­tic­u­lar­ly the insuf­fi­cien­cy of resources for patients of low­er eco­nom­ic class­es and rur­al areas. What is more, in many places ther­a­peu­tic set­tings remain “zones of aban­don­ment” (Biehl 2005), par­tic­u­lar­ly when affil­i­at­ed with offi­cial health­care sec­tors. How­ev­er, some phil­an­thropic, reli­gious-spir­i­tu­al, and pri­vate agen­cies pro­vide “good exam­ples” of (men­tal) health­care (Basu et al. 2017).
Chang­ing gov­ern­ments and con­test­ing poli­cies have impact­ed local, translo­cal, and glob­al (men­tal) health­care sup­plies, main­tain­ing incon­sis­ten­cies in (men­tal) health­care. Fur­ther, the recent COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has clear­ly illus­trat­ed that struc­tur­al vio­lence (Farmer 2005) and chronic­i­ty of cri­sis (Vigh 2008) still shape inequal­i­ties in access to health resources in both the Glob­al North and Glob­al South. New chal­lenges may be requests regard­ing the men­tal health­care pro­vi­sion for Indige­nous and migra­to­ry communities.
In South Africa, a recent case of neg­li­gence and mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion of peo­ple with psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders is that of Life Esidi­meni. The tragedy wit­nessed 144 peo­ple die because of inap­pro­pri­ate care and the lack of equipped infra­struc­ture and staff to cater to the needs of peo­ple in men­tal health care facil­i­ties and many more suf­fer­ing trau­ma (Duro­jaye & Aga­ba 2018, Fer­l­i­to & Dhai 2018). South Africa is no excep­tion for the fact, that coun­tries across the globe neglect men­tal health care as an over­all aspect of health and well­be­ing. The results of a four-coun­try study, which includ­ed South Africa, found that there is a lack of data to con­vince pol­i­cy­mak­ers to pri­or­i­tize men­tal health, a lack of imple­men­ta­tion, and how to mobi­lize peo­ple to seek inter­ven­tion to the prob­lem at an ear­ly stage (Pil­lay 2019). In dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties, black com­mu­ni­ties in par­tic­u­lar, the stig­ma against men­tal health issues is com­pound­ed by cul­tur­al and social chal­lenges that pre­vent many peo­ple from seek­ing ear­ly inter­ven­tion (Gumede 2021).
Phil­an­thropic orga­ni­za­tions have always been essen­tial health resources, and not only for mar­gin­al­ized social groups (for the exam­ple of Brazil­ian Spiritism, see Kurz 2024). How­ev­er, they have been wide­ly ignored in pub­lic and aca­d­e­m­ic dis­course, and how polit­i­cal insti­tu­tions con­test, reg­u­late, or inte­grate relat­ed approach­es remains a research desider­a­tum that this pan­el wants to address around the fol­low­ing lead­ing ques­tions, focus­ing on men­tal health prac­tices but inte­grat­ing all health-relat­ed aspects of human well-being:
1) Strate­gies between actors. What are the con­tem­po­rary challenges/opportunities of diverse actors with­in the field of (men­tal) health in their par­tic­u­lar local­i­ties? In which spaces do they inter­vene? Where are they exclud­ed? What trends can be iden­ti­fied, e.g., in the emer­gence of new agen­cies in the field or pow­er dis­tri­b­u­tions among exist­ing actors?
2) Con­tent of action and inter­ven­tion in the field. What is cur­rent­ly at stake? What are per­spec­tives and prac­tices? How do diver­gent actors respond to (men­tal) health challenges?
3) Polit­i­cal reg­u­la­tion. How do state and offi­cial health­care insti­tu­tions relate to con­test­ing and com­ple­ment­ing approach­es? Do forms of coop­er­a­tion exist? Do obsta­cles exist? What are polit­i­cal strate­gies at the inter­sec­tion of polit­i­cal, eco­nom­ic, and social interests?

To sub­mit a paper/abstract, please fol­low these guide­lines:

The con­venors are avail­able for any doubt or ques­tion in advance and through­out the CfP process:
Sharon Gabie (Nel­son Man­dela Uni­ver­si­ty, Johan­nes­burg­burg, South Africa)
Hel­mar Kurz (Uni­ver­si­ty of Muen­ster, Ger­many)


15. Nov – 16. Nov 2024

(A)symmetrische Beziehungen. Facetten der Kooperation im psychiatrischen Krankenhausalltag


36. Jahresta­gung der Arbeits­ge­mein­schaft Eth­nolo­gie und Medi­zin (AGEM) in Koop­er­a­tion mit dem Alex­ius/Josef-Kranken­haus in Neuss und der Ver­bund­forschungsplat­tform Worlds of Con­tra­dic­tion der Uni­ver­sität Bre­men im Alex­ius/Josef-Kranken­haus in Neuss

Call for Papers bis 31. Mai 2024

Der All­t­ag in ein­er Psy­chi­a­trie wird von unter­schiedlich­sten Akteur*innen bes­timmt. Neben den Patient*innen gibt es unter anderem den ärztlichen und den pflegerischen Dienst, Psycholog*innen, Mitar­bei­t­ende der ther­a­peutis­chen Dien­ste wie Sport‑, Ergo- und Musik­ther­a­pie, klin­is­che Sozialarbeiter*innen und Genesungsbegleiter*innen wie Seelsorger*innen oder Klininkclowns sowie Mitarbeiter*innen in der Ver­wal­tung, Raumpflege und Küche, die miteinan­der auf unter­schiedlichen Ebe­nen kooperieren. Einge­bet­tet sind diese Beziehun­gen in ökonomis­che, infra­struk­turelle und gesellschaftliche Rah­menbe­din­gun­gen. Zudem bee­in­flussen die sozialen und kul­turellen Hin­ter­gründe von Patient*innen und Mitar­bei­t­en­den die jew­eili­gen Beziehun­gen genau­so wie die Wahl der Behand­lungs­form, ins­beson­dere die der Medika­tion. Dabei zeich­nen sich die Beziehun­gen der beteiligten Akteur*innen durch unter­schiedlichen Asym­me­trien in den Bere­ichen des Wis­sens, des Han­delns, der Macht und des Nutzens aus.

Eine lange Tra­di­tion beste­ht in dem Ver­such, die Koop­er­a­tio­nen und beson­ders die zwis­chen Patient*innen und Mitar­bei­t­en­den ein­er psy­chi­a­trischen Insti­tu­tion zu sym­metrisieren. Den­noch ste­hen sym­metrische und asym­metrische Beziehun­gen in einem Span­nungsver­hält­nis, kommt doch der All­t­ag in der Psy­chi­a­trie zumeist nicht ohne asym­metrische Beziehun­gen und pater­nal­is­tis­che Entschei­dun­gen aus. Trotz ver­schieden­ster Bemühun­gen, stan­dar­d­isierte Ver­fahren der Koop­er­a­tion zu entwick­eln, bleibt der Klinikall­t­ag unberechen­bar und voller Wider­sprüche und stellt alle Akteur*innen täglich vor neue Her­aus­forderun­gen, das Zusam­men­spiel aller men­schlichen wie nicht-men­schlichen Akteur*innen (Architek­tur, SGB V, Medika­mente usw.) auszuhan­deln.

Auf dieser Tagung möcht­en wir ver­schiedene Ebe­nen der Koop­er­a­tio­nen dieser unter­schiedlichen Akteur*innen und ihre Auswirkun­gen auf den psy­chi­a­trischen All­t­ag in den Blick nehmen. Dazu gehören: 

1) Koop­er­a­tio­nen zwis­chen Wis­senschaften und Kranken­haus­prax­is: Wie wer­den Forschungsergeb­nisse in der Medi­zin und der Pflegeprax­is umge­set­zt und wie wird die Kranken­haus­prax­is in der Forschung berücksichtigt?

2) Koop­er­a­tio­nen zwis­chen den Diszi­plinen: Wie kooperieren unter­schiedliche Diszi­plinen mit ihren unter­schiedlichen Ansätzen miteinan­der und welche Syn­ergien und Wider­sprüche entste­hen dadurch?

3) Koop­er­a­tio­nen zwis­chen Patient*innen und ärztlichem, pflegerischem und weit­erem Per­son­al: Wie wird das Ver­hält­nis zwis­chen Reg­ulierung und Empow­er­ment der Patient*innen im All­t­ag aus­ge­han­delt und welche Möglichkeit­en und Gren­zen ergeben sich bei dem Ver­such ein­er Sym­metrisierung des Ver­hält­niss­es von Patient*innen und ärztlichem und pflegerischem Personal?

Wir suchen nach inter­diszi­plinären Beiträ­gen unter­schiedlich­ster Art (Vorträge, Erfahrungs­berichte, Round­ta­bles, Work­shops,…) sowohl aus dem Bere­ich der Sozial‑, Kul­tur- und Geschichtswis­senschaften als auch aus dem medi­zinis­chen und pflegerischen All­t­ag, um durch einen mul­ti­per­spek­tivis­chen Blick auf die Facetten der Koop­er­a­tion die aktuellen Möglichkeit­en und Gren­zen (a)symmetrischer Beziehun­gen im psy­chi­a­trischen Klinikall­t­ag abzustecken.

Zuge­sagt sind bere­its Beiträge zum Konzept der Sote­ria auf ein­er psy­chi­a­trischen Akut­sta­tion (Adri­ane Canavaros), zu frei­heit­sentziehen­den Maß­nah­men und Deeskala­tion (Dr. Paul Weißen/Thomas Plötz und Andreas Hethke), zur Umset­zung eines europäis­chen Forschung­spro­jek­tes zum Expe­ri­enced Involve­ment (Hei­drun Lundie) und ein Bericht über die Teilöff­nung ein­er geron­topsy­chi­a­trischen Sta­tion (Dr. Andrea Kuck­ert und Kolleg:innen).

Tagung­sort ist das Alex­ius/Josef-Kranken­haus in Neuss, Tagungssprache ist Deutsch, englis­chsprachige Beiträge sind möglich. Bitte senden Sie ein Abstract von ca. 300 Wörtern für einen Vor­tragsvorschlag oder einen anderen Beitrag inkl. ein­er Kurzbi­ogra­phie bis zum 31. Mai 2024 an

Konzept und Organisation:
Andrea Kuck­ert (AGEM, Alex­ius/Josef-Kranken­haus Neuss)
Ehler Voss (AGEM, Worlds of Con­tra­dic­tion Uni­ver­sität Bremen)


27. Mrz – 29. Mrz 2025

10th Integrated History and Philosophy of Science conference


Con­fer­ence at Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute of Technology

10th Inte­grat­ed His­to­ry and Phi­los­o­phy of Sci­ence conference
27–29 March 2025
Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy, Pasade­na, California

The Com­mit­tee for Inte­grat­ed His­to­ry and Phi­los­o­phy of Sci­ence invites the sub­mis­sion of abstracts for indi­vid­ual papers and “light­ning talks” for &HPS10, the 10th con­fer­ence in the series Inte­grat­ed His­to­ry and Phi­los­o­phy of Sci­ence. We seek con­tri­bu­tions that gen­uine­ly inte­grate his­tor­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal analy­ses of sci­ence (i.e., the phys­i­cal sci­ences, life sci­ences, cog­ni­tive sci­ences, and social sci­ences) or that dis­cuss method­olog­i­cal issues sur­round­ing the prospects and chal­lenges of inte­grat­ing his­to­ry and phi­los­o­phy of sci­ence. For infor­ma­tion about the Com­mit­tee for Inte­grat­ed His­to­ry and Phi­los­o­phy of Sci­ence and pre­vi­ous con­fer­ences, see

Keynote speak­ers: Lydia Pat­ton (Vir­ginia Tech), Mar­ius Stan (Boston College)

Please note that &HPS10 does not run par­al­lel ses­sions and, giv­en the num­ber of slots avail­able, does not accept sym­po­sium sub­mis­sions. In addi­tion to con­tributed papers (20 min­utes + 10 min­utes of ques­tions), &HPS10 will also fea­ture a com­bi­na­tion of 10-minute light­ning talks fol­lowed by a com­mu­nal ses­sion with ‘dis­cus­sion sta­tions’ for the light­ning talk pre­sen­ters. For this forum, we wel­come sub­mis­sions that are more explorato­ry, works in progress, try out new ideas, and so on. Each pre­sen­ter may appear on the final pro­gram only once.

All pro­pos­als (whether for a con­tributed paper or light­ning talk) should con­tain a title and an abstract of up to 700 words (includ­ing references). 

Please sub­mit your abstracts to

We have an ongo­ing com­mit­ment to fos­ter­ing diver­si­ty and equal­i­ty in our pro­grams. Sub­mis­sions from mem­bers of under­rep­re­sent­ed groups are par­tic­u­lar­ly welcome!

Dead­line for abstract sub­mis­sions: 11:59 pm Any­where on Earth (UTC ‑12) 18 August. Noti­fi­ca­tion date: 31 Octo­ber, 2024.

Please direct any inquiries to Uljana Feest ( or Dana Tulodziec­ki (


Vergangene Veranstaltungen


19. Jun 2024

Rachel Hall-Clifford: A view from the underbelly: Childhood diarrhea and the hidden power dynamics of global health


Hybrid Medical Anthropology Seminar at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Link zu dieser Veranstaltung

18. Jun 2024

„Wie setze ich den Do No Harm Ansatz erfolgreich in meinem Projekt um?"


Workshop in Nürnberg

Link zu dieser Veranstaltung

15. Jun 2024

Workshop on Developing New Models for Pharmaceutical Innovation: towards a Mixed Economy


International workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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12. Jun - 15. Jun 2024

Workshop on Healing Ecologies and Medical Diversity: Ethnographic Approaches to Wellbeing


Hybrid workshop

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12. Jun - 15. Jun 2024

Workshop on Healing Ecologies and Medical Diversity: Ethnographic Approaches to Wellbeing


Hybrid Workshop

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