Futures ahead: Translations and collaborations between medicine, social science and the humanities

Upcoming conference

 

Futures ahead: Translations and collaborations between medicine, social science and the humanities 

 

Date: 11-13 November 2020

Location: Linköping University, Sweden

Deadline for Abstracts: June 1, 2020. Submitt your abstract to: futuresahead2020@lists.liu.se

Authors of abstract will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than June 18, 2020.

Deadline  for Registration: September 15, 2020.

Organized by: the LiU Medical Humanities and Social Sciences network, which is part of the National Network for Medical Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

Facing the rapid speed of new innovations and biotechnologies, medicine and health care are currently being transformed in numerous ways. The goal of personalized medicine, tailored to fit the individual patient’s need, and the strive towards equality in health meet restructuring welfare states, health consumerism, patients’ suffering from complex diseases. It also meets increased possibilities to screen and identify unrecognized disease in healthy, asymptomatic populations. Globally, the World Health Organization has identified multiple health challenges including outbreaks of communicable diseases as well as humanitarian crises caused by environmental pollution and climate change. The call for collaborations between medicine, social science and the humanities has perhaps never been stronger.

 

The research field of medical humanities, understood broadly, encompasses the humanities and the interpretative social science in and of medicine, as well as inquiries at the very intersection of medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences. It sets out from the presumption that sociocultural, ethical, and political aspects play into the development and use of specific medical technologies and medical knowledge production. And, that such knowledge production and technologies evoke sociocultural, ethical and political questions. Equally, it acknowledges that experiences of illness, suffering, and bodily and functional variations can evoke existential questions, which are central to the humanities and the interpretative social sciences. Further, the medical humanities aptly offer tools to engage with questions of meanings, subjectivity, agency, ethics, and power.

 

At this conference, we seek to explore the already existing collaborations between medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences. The conference focuses, for instance, on lived experiences of embodiment and illness, on ethical and in other ways normative aspects of medicine, on local and global health challenges. It focuses also on how sociocultural knowledge is translated into medical or health care practices, or the other way around, how discourses of society and culture are produced within medicine and health care. We also explore collaborations between researchers and clinicians, and seek to grasp new challenges and central collaborations for the future.

We welcome papers that seek to engage in the conversation on critical intersections of the humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Subjectivity, intersubjectivity and lived experiences of embodiment, illness, pain, pregnancy, birth, and dying;
  • Affectivity and agency;
  • Norms, values and sociocultural assumptions about bodies, body-parts, sex, race/ethnicity, gender, and specific diseases;
  • Ethical analysis of/within medicine;
  • Equality in health care;
  • Structural discrimination within health care services;
  • The co-production of society, medicine, science, and policy-making;
  • Cultural diversity and concepts of health, disease, and illness;
  • Knowledge production in medicine and the medical humanities;
  • Local and global health challenges;
  • Translations between medical research and clinical practice;
  • Challenges and potentials in collaborations across research disciplines and professions.

The conference welcomes researchers within the fields of medicine, social sciences and the humanities that seek to further discuss the potential of collaboration, common goals and possible challenges. We also welcome other stakeholders such as patients, health practitioners, and policy makers. Special sessions can be arranged to facilitate collaborations also during the conference, if there is an interest for this.

Keynotes at the conference are: Professor Jane Macnaughton, Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University; Professor Jonathan Metzl, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University; Professor Kari Nyheim Solbrække, Institute of Health and Society, Oslo University, and Professor Kristin Zeiler, Department of Thematic Studies: Technology and Social Change, Linköping University.

 

More information about the conference will soon be available at the website: https://liu.se/en/research/medicinsk-humaniora-och-samhallsvetenskap

 

Most welcome to the conference!

The LiU conference planning committee

In/visible threats to health and body

SANT Årskonferens 2020 8-10 maj i Lund

Session: In/visible threats to health and body: dangers in contemporary and future societies

The contemporary era offers new healthcare opportunities alongside novel health challenges and threats. Climate change, environmental destruction and globalized mobility present largely unpredictable threats to health and body. One such threat is antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which radically shifts our ability to treat and cure diseases. Meanwhile, the reorganization, privatization and corporatization of healthcare organizations present challenges, as does enduring and widening health disparities and technological innovation actualizing ethical and existential questions. How can we conceptualize such dangers and threats, how can we anthropologically render them visible, and how do we incorporate them into imaginaries of the future? How do we calculate and manage risks to our health and our body in everyday life? And how are various groupings of people implicated differently in representations of threats? This panel welcomes contributions on diverse aspects of threats to health and body, and of correspondings opportunities and possibilities, in contemporary and future societies.

Chairs:

Kristofer Hansson, Associate Professor

Lund University

kristofer.hansson@kultur.lu.se

Maria Wemrell, PhD

Lund University

maria.wemrell@med.lu.se

maria.wemrell@genus.lu.se

Pathways to inclusive and equitable quality education for people with disabilities

International Symposium in Gothenburg 12-13 February 2020: Pathways to inclusive and equitable quality education for people with disabilities: Cross context conversations and mutual learning.

 

The symposium is sponsored by the Swedish Research Council and is being hosted by the Platform for Research in Inclusive Education and School Development (PRIS) and Cambridge Network for Disability and Education Research (CaNDER). The event is very much about promoting dialogue between researchers on disability and inclusive education issues in the North and South. Registration is free.

More information is available at: https://ips.gu.se/piqed

Narrativ rond – om kompetensen att lyssna

Samtal om berättande och en modell för narrativ praxis, mellan Georg Drakos, docent i etnologi vid Stockholms universitet och Daniel Holmgren, docent i pediatrik vid Sahlgrenska akademin, Göteborgs universitet. Mer information: http://narrativmedicin.se/aktivitet/narrativ-rond-om-kompetensen-att-lyssna/?instance_id=49&fbclid=IwAR27UKfYzBDnnMeGGj9gAUpVnpOOEKY9HsX5u2m4XjuhiQK2ulDJ90FEj9g

Inaccessibilities in today’s society

Please consider submitting an abstract to our planned anthology!

It will deal with inaccessibilities in today’s society.

Abstract submission deadline (200 words): January 15, 2020

Notification of accepted chapters: February 1, 2020.

Chapter submission deadline, first draft: April 15, 2020.

Chapter submission deadline, final version: June 1, 2020.

We will also arrange a workshop on inaccessbilities in Malmö, November 14, 2019, at 10-16. Please send us a title and some words on your topic if you would like to join. This workshop is intended to get us going in our analysis and writing process.

Rannveig Traustadóttir, Professor and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Iceland, will participate!

Welcome!

Kristofer Hansson, Hanna Egard and David Wästerfors

Lund University and Malmö University, Sweden.

 

Call for chapters to a planned anthology:

Inaccessibilities: How to understand today’s resistance to inclusion for persons with disabilities

Today’s society harbors a range of promises of accessibility. Buildings and rooms should be adapted; public service, leisure activities and information are supposed to be reachable for all. Governments, the EU and UN rhetorically defend progressive disability politics.

Still researchers and citizens continue to point out negligence, exceptions and resistance. Barriers and stigmatizations are reproduced daily, often quite subtly.

This anthology will assemble studies that explain everyday processes that underpin social and cultural inertia in the work for the promised accessibility. We are looking for empirically based and theoretically informed analyses of situations, settings, discourses and social forces that may explain how norms of accessibility are neutralized and staus quo reproduced.

How are exceptions, deviations and anomalies formulated, motivated and sustained in relation to today’s accessibility norms? What conditions cultivate inertia in accessibility work? What are the significance of class, gender and ethnicity, marketization and conflicts of interests? Are some govermental promises unrealistic, and if so, in which ways?

The contributions may focus on urban, rural or digital arenas, they may draw on qualitative or quantiative data, and they may belong to a range of disciplines: disability studies, social work, sociology, ethnology, social anthropology, political science, gender studies, organisation studies, business administration, etc.

For more information contact: Kristofer.hansson@kultur.lu.se