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


23. Mai – 24. Mai 2024

On the move: Public Health in a globalized world


Robert Koch Col­lo­qui­um 2024 (Hybrid)

Robert Koch Col­lo­qui­um 2024: „On the move: Pub­lic Health in a glob­al­ized world”
When: 23.05.2024–24.05.2024

The Robert Koch Col­lo­qui­um is an annu­al inter­dis­ci­pli­nary lec­ture series, each year focus­ing on one spe­cif­ic inno­v­a­tive pub­lic health top­ic, such as Bur­den of Dis­ease (2019), Pub­lic Health Sur­veil­lance (2021), Cli­mate Change and Pub­lic Health (2022), and Social Inequities in Health (2023). Each year, the Robert Koch Insti­tute, Germany’s nation­al Pub­lic Health Insti­tute, invites lead­ing experts to present and dis­cuss their area of work at the Robert Koch Col­lo­qui­um. This year’s col­lo­qui­um top­ic is „On the move: Pub­lic Health in a glob­al­ized world”. Over two days, a series of lec­tures address­es spe­cif­ic aspects of glob­al mobil­i­ty of pathogens and peo­ple. A final pan­el dis­cus­sion with experts treats the impli­ca­tions of increased mobil­i­ty on Pub­lic Health.

Pro­gram RKC2024


23. Mai – 26. Mai 2024

Transition in Health


Work­shop at VANDA (Vien­na Anthro­pol­o­gy Days)

Work­shop „Tran­si­tion in Health”
VANDA (Vien­na Anthro­pol­o­gy Days) Con­fer­enceni in Vienna
Sep­tem­ber 23–26, 2024
Orga­nized by 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. 



27. Mai – 31. Mai 2024

Ethnopharmacologie appliquée, plantes médicinales et médecines du 21ème siècle


27 au 31 mai 2024 au Cloître des Récol­lets à Metz. 

„Ethnophar­ma­colo­gie appliquée, plantes médic­i­nales et médecines du 21ème siècle”
27 au 31 mai 2024 au Cloître des Récol­lets à Metz. 

Une journée col­loque com­prise dans les frais d’inscription con­sacrée aux champignons médic­in­aux clô­tur­era la semaine de for­ma­tion le same­di 1er juin 2024.

Les inscrip­tions sont désor­mais ouvertes ! Pour obtenir plus d’in­for­ma­tions sur le con­tenu détail­lé et les modal­ités d’in­scrip­tion, vous pou­vez con­sul­ter notre site inter­net.


04. Jun – 06. Jun 2024

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


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

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

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

Work­shop Overview:

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


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


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


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

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

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


11. Jun – 12. Jun 2024

Ethnography for Healthcare Improvement Summer School


Orga­nized by the SAPPHIRE (Social Sci­ence APPlied Health & Improve­ment Research) research group at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leicester

„Ethnog­ra­phy for Health­care Improve­ment Sum­mer School”
Orga­nized by the SAPPHIRE (Social Sci­ence APPlied Health & Improve­ment Research) research group at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leicester
11th-12th July, 2024
Col­lege Court Leices­ter, UK.
Dead­line for appli­ca­tion 30th May 2024

This short course is designed for researchers and doc­tor­al stu­dents to crit­i­cal­ly engage with the the­o­ry and prac­tice of ethnog­ra­phy in health­care set­tings. Over 2 days, you will learn more about the use of ethnog­ra­phy for health­care improve­ment, from design­ing research to man­ag­ing improve­ment and eval­u­a­tion ten­sions, nav­i­gat­ing dif­fer­ent con­texts, reach­ing audi­ences and influ­enc­ing pol­i­cy and prac­tice. Addi­tion­al­ly, you will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op a net­work of fel­low prac­ti­tion­ers and researchers with shared method­olog­i­cal inter­ests, work with expe­ri­enced ethno­g­ra­phers as men­tors, and join an inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty of prac­tice around ethnog­ra­phy for health­care improvement.
The cost of the 2 day course, includ­ing all edu­ca­tion mate­ri­als and activ­i­ties, plus lunch and refresh­ments both days, is £650. Trans­port to and from the venue and accom­mo­da­tion at Col­lege Court is not includ­ed and should you wish to stay you will have to arrange this your­self. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about accom­mo­da­tion at Col­lege Court will be made avail­able to del­e­gates in advance of the start of the course.
Reg­is­tra­tions are strict­ly lim­it­ed, and are now open at our site; book­ings will close 30th May 2024. A wait­ing list will be main­tained in the event of the course being over-subscribed. 

Please for­ward any ques­tions to Jen­nifer Creese, course lead:


12. Jun – 15. Jun 2024

Healing Ecologies and Medical Diversity: Ethnographic Approaches to Wellbeing


Sapien­za Uni­ver­si­ty of Rome

12. Jun – 14. Jun 2024

Summer School Social Study of Microbes


Sum­mer School at Cen­tre for the Social Study of Microbes Helsin­ki, Finnland

„Annu­al Sum­mer School on Microbes”
Cen­tre for the Social Study of Microbes (CSSM), Helsinki
12–14 June 2024
Dead­line: 31.03.2024

The CSSM is a hub for social sci­en­tists and artists con­duct­ing research on human-micro­bial rela­tions. Microbes are not only bio­log­i­cal enti­ties but also shape, and are shaped by, our social worlds. The Cen­tre aims to explore how rela­tion­ships with microbes raise pro­found chal­lenges for social the­o­ry, which demand new social sci­en­tif­ic lan­guage and method­olo­gies for describ­ing and explain­ing the com­plex and entwined rela­tion­ships between human and non­hu­man ani­mals, microbes, and the envi­ron­ment. Not only is this work the­o­ret­i­cal­ly moti­vat­ed, it is key to devel­op­ing sus­tain­able meth­ods of plan­e­tary co-exis­tence in the Anthropocene. 

At present, research on microbes – whether in social sci­ences or in life sci­ences and bio­med­i­cine – is under­go­ing dra­mat­ic changes. A boom of micro­bio­me research since the ear­ly 2000s has shown that microbes are vast­ly more abun­dant in the envi­ron­ment and inside our bod­ies than pre­vi­ous­ly thought. In con­trast to a Pas­teuri­an notion of bac­te­ria as mere­ly path­o­gen­ic, microbes are seen to have impor­tant sup­port­ing roles for health and well-being. Deficit of microbes is now asso­ci­at­ed with every­thing from men­tal health to autoim­mune dis­eases. There is also increas­ing aware­ness of microbes’ vital role in dif­fer­ent ecosys­tems and eco­log­i­cal rela­tions to the extent that imbal­anced micro­bial ecolo­gies are asso­ci­at­ed with glob­al warm­ing, soil deple­tion, and bio­di­ver­si­ty loss.

Recent con­tri­bu­tions from social sci­ences and phi­los­o­phy of biol­o­gy have chal­lenged the one-sided def­i­n­i­tion of microbes as path­o­gen­ic, propos­ing the advent of a ‘post-Pas­teuri­an age’ that takes into account their mul­ti­va­lent and con­text-spe­cif­ic nature. This shift in under­stand­ing human-microbe rela­tions is push­ing the emer­gence of new social forms such as fer­men­ta­tion, often anchored in cen­tu­ry-old prac­tices. These devel­op­ments high­light that microbes are not bio­log­i­cal objects only, and that we lack meth­ods and con­cepts that can account for the com­plex, mul­ti-scalar sets of prac­tices that char­ac­terise human-microbe relations.

The PhD school will last for three days 12–14 June 2024. The first two days will con­sist of group work, includ­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion of pre-sub­mit­ted man­u­scripts, an inter­na­tion­al keynote lec­ture, and gen­er­al dis­cus­sions about the social study of microbes. On the third day, the par­tic­i­pants will take part in the CSSM Day when the expand­ed CSSM team comes togeth­er for inter­ac­tive ses­sions and con­ver­sa­tions regard­ing microbes.

We wel­come appli­ca­tions from PhD stu­dents inter­est­ed in the social study of microbes. Appli­cants from the Glob­al South and mem­bers of minori­ties are espe­cial­ly wel­come to apply.

Appli­ca­tions should contain:

- Cov­er let­ter with a state­ment of inter­est (max 1 page)
– Abstract of PhD project, includ­ing a reflec­tion on how the research project engages with the­o­ret­i­cal and/or method­olog­i­cal devel­op­ments for
the social study of microbes (max 2 pages)
– CV (max 2 pages)

Accept­ed par­tic­i­pants will be asked to sub­mit a paper or chap­ter draft (max 8.000 words) by May 29, 2024.
The appli­ca­tion should be sent as PDF to by March 31, 2024.
Suc­cess­ful appli­cants will be noti­fied lat­est by April 15, 2024.

Accom­mo­da­tion dur­ing the PhD school, lunch­es and the con­fer­ence din­ner, and trav­el to Helsin­ki are ful­ly cov­ered by CSSM. Please indi­cate in the cov­er let­ter if you do not need such eco­nom­ic support.
For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact:


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:


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.


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



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

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


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 (


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