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

04. Juni – 06. Juni 2024 

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 (