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04. Feb - 05. Feb 2020

WORKSHOP - Digital (mental) health? On new orientation of diagnosis, treatment, and self-help through the use of digital media


Workshop of the collaborative research project „Automated modelling of hermeneutic processes – The use of annotation in social research and the humanities for analyses on health" (hermA) on the 4th and 5th February 2020 in Hamburg

As the digitalisation of health systems is progressing, an intensive discussion of the norms and values concerning this process has begun. Regarding the field of diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, as well as the storage of the data that is produced in the course of this, new questions arise. Digital devices are used increasingly in the various processes in the health system, with which data is collected and stored digitally. As a result, questions concerning the changing relationship between health care providers, patients, and the technical infrastructure, as well as regarding the processing, storing, and analysis of the thus created data emerge. At the same time, the communication and the manners in which knowledge is generated in the field of illness and health in the digital sphere change, as in such cases as consulting „Dr. Google", viewing videos on YouTube, or using apps as a way of treatment or for monitoring your own health.

The workshop aims to differentiate the research area of digital health care and communication with a focus on mental health. This thematic context offers links to the methods of the Digital Humanities and the Computational Social Sciences and their further development within the thematic field of interest. The workshop will have two core themes:

  1. Digital (mental) health care

What kind of data exists and is generated on the institutional, economic, and personal level within the health care system? How can the structured analysis of (long-term) data facilitate diagnoses and treatments? How is the increasing access to „big data" changing the health care system?

What possibilities do apps offer in the context of treatment, for example in the area of emotional and mental support? How do these work together with „analogue" treatments? In which cases do doctors and health professionals offer remote treatment, in which are chatbots used, and where are the both combined? Who designs these formats, and what do the usage and interactions facilitated by them look like?

  1. Digital health communication

What new forms of health communication emerge and persist in the process of digitalisation? What role do blogs and social media communities play in health communication? Where can one find professional services online and how are these used? How are images of mental and physical health conveyed as a result?

Both perspectives have in common that they are asking after evaluations and the acceptance of the changing field of health, as well as the appertaining norms being negotiated. The workshop's goal is to examine these perspectives in an interdisciplinary context and bring them together productively in order to work together to develop them further. Because of this, we explicitly welcome conceptual or theoretical contributions that are still at an early stage of development. Subsequent to the workshop, a further collaboration of the participants is aimed for.

Please send your abstract for a paper of 20 minutes to until the 30th of November 2019. The abstract should be 1-2 pages including references. Please also enclose a short biographical note. A reimbursement of travel expenses is possible.

Organisation and planning: Lina Franken, Gertraud Koch, Heike Zinsmeister



Dr. Lina Franken

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Universität Hamburg

Institut für Volkskunde/Kulturanthropologie

Forschungsverbund „Automatisierte Modellierung hermeneutischer Prozesse" (hermA)

Grindelallee 46

20146 Hamburg

Tel.: +49 40 42838-9943



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05. Dez 2019

WORKSHOP - Kinship, Chronic Illness and Responsibility of Care


*Date:* December 5, 2019, Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology, Social
Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
*Discussants:*  Janet Carsten, Jacob Copeman and Ian Harper.
*Contact*: Emilija Zabiliūtė
*Abstract submission deadline*: September 7, 2019

Chronic illness demands extensive care in patients’ everyday lives, and
often redefines what it means to be a person, a family member and a carer.
It reorganizes subjectivities, affective and embodied intensities of
familial relations in patient’s everyday lives, and their temporalities. It
calls into attention the responsibilities of care and their
transformations. Borrowing Levinas’ notion of responsibility as an ethical
orientation of subjectivity towards the others, the workshop invites papers
to reflect on the ways in which care for chronic illness challenges,
reinforces and shapes the modes, practices and ethics of kinship and
relatedness. The concept of responsibility here serves to interrogate the
ethical orientations of intimacy, relationality and its infinity, and
obligation in lives of families with chronic conditions. It also allows to
explore how families navigate the normative moral and medical regimes
eliciting responsibilities amidst chronic suffering.
This call invites participants to contribute with papers drawing on
ethnographic fieldworks across diverse regions and settings, both in the
Global North and the Global South. The participants will be asked to
circulate the papers in advance. Please submit your abstract of no more
than 400 words to Emilija Zabiliūtė (
<>) by September 7, 2019.

Participants' travel/accommodation costs will be partially covered.
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05. Dez - 07. Dez 2019

"PsychotherapeutInnen oder AdvokatInnen? Engagierte Psychotherapie für Migranten und Geflüchtete"


13. Kongress der transkulturellen Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik im deutschsprachigen Raum

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02. Dez - 05. Dez 2019

PANEL - What do they value? Anthropological perspectives on health-related professions


Papers are invited for a panel at the Australian Anthropological Society’s
annual conference, related to ethnographic perspectives of the
health-related professions. The panel seeks to explore how/why medical and
healthcare professionals give the advice that they give; and how/why do
they make the decisions that they make about diagnoses and treatment
possibilities, especially when medical knowledges are both increasingly
contested and rapidly changing?

Short abstract:

How and why do medical professionals give the advice that they give? This panel seeks to explore the professions of medicine and healthcare, unpacking the values held by the various fields that influence individual health-care providers' decision-making, diagnosis and treatment activities.

Long abstract:

Although anthropologists have been adding value in studies of institutions and organisations since the Hawthorne Studies in the 1930s, there has been significantly less anthropological work done on the cultures that develop in professions. This panel invites anthropologists and anthropology-adjacent researchers to reflect on the culture/s of the medical and healthcare professions, in a bid to try to understand how and why those cultures have emerged as they have. What are the changes to medical, health and wellness theory; the changes to the way medicine and health is taught; the changing moral and ethical considerations throughout society/ies, and/or; the technological innovations that have influenced the norms and values held in contemporary healthcare landscapes? What are the intersections between the individual professional identities of healthcare providers and the emergent culture of their professions? Although papers are invited from multiple perspectives, across a broad range of subfields within medicine and health, and from any geographical location or cultural frame of reference, the panel will ultimately seek to explore the questions: how and why do medical and healthcare professionals give the advice that they give? How and why do they make the decisions that they make about diagnoses and treatment possibilities when medical knowledges are both increasingly contested and rapidly changing?

Papers from outside the Australian context are encouraged. For more
details, see the AAS website:

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08. Nov 2019

STUDY DAY - Medical Anthropology & Disability Ethnographic perspectives


The Medical Anthropology & Disability group (MA&D) invites proposals for 20-minute papers as part of a study day on medical anthropology and disability to be held on November 8, 2019, at the University of Perugia (Italy), Department of Philosophy, Social, Human and Formation Sciences (FISSUF). Papers may be delivered in Italian or in English. We would like to collect contributions about the results of theoretical and ethnographic reflections on the topic. To propose your contribution, you are asked to send the title and an abstract of the proposal (max. 250 words) to the e-mail address by September 20, 2019. Confirmation of acceptance of the proposal will be sent by October 1, 2019. Abstracts should probe issues related to disability, on the basis of the questions arising here below.

The MA&D group developed from the meeting of men and women researching in an anthropological framework about the subject of disability, after the 2nd National Convention of the Italian Society of Medical Anthropology (SIAM) held in Perugia in June 2018, entitled “An anthropology for understanding, for acting, for being engaged: The lesson of Tullio Seppilli”. Through study and research, the group intends to enhance the space of action of anthropological theory and practice within the field of disability. The perspectives of medical anthropology that we pursue do not have the intention of re-medicalizing or anthropo-medicalizing the issue of disability, but instead evoke a critical-political anthropology of the body, which is dialogical and experimental, focused on the processes of embodiment of well-being and, therefore, of health. Disability emerges as a “field”, in terms of a space of mutual recognition between social actors, and also as a contested ground regulated by relations of force. We highlight the unnatural and historically determined nature of disability. Ethnographic practice allows us to connect the most intimate experiences of “disabling” conditions with public and institutional discourses; to analyze the local effects of global processes, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by United Nations, and the documents of international agencies; to question categories such as “vulnerability”, “marginality” and above all “functioning” and “ability”.

The group’s scientific works, in their plurality, are united by the common thread of a critical and de-essentializing ethnographic gaze, attentive to the politics of disablement of some categories of social actors and those of recognition. They aim at unveiling embodied skills and denaturalize rhetorics of empowerment, autonomy and independence in contemporary neo-liberal societies. They range from the study of developmental devices to that of active citizenship practices, from the experiences of the body in its continuous relationship with the context in which it finds itself, in the infinite possibilities opened up by insurgent practices. In the perspective outlined here, the MA&D group engages in “research with operational goals aimed at establishing self-awareness and liberation processes” (Tullio Seppilli).

The AM&D group consists of: Virginia De Silva (coordinator), Fabrizio Loce-Mandes, Massimiliano Minelli, Francesca Pistone, Giovanni Pizza, Andrea F. Ravenda, Nicoletta Sciarrino.

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