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.


Kristofer Hansson, Associate Professor

Lund University

Maria Wemrell, PhD

Lund University

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:

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:

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!


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.

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Medicinhistoria idag 2019

Välkommen till den tredje i en serie årligen återkommande konferenser med medicinhistoriskt tema som samarrangeras av Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria, Uppsala universitet, och Enheten för medicinens historia och kulturarv, Karolinska Institutet.
Tid: Måndagen den 30 september kl. 9.30–17.00. Lunch ingår, middag till självkostnadspris.
Plats: Enheten för medicinens historia och kulturarv, Karolinska Institutet, Haga tingshus, Annerovägen 12, Solna.
Temat för årets konferens är Medicinska kontroverser, och bidrag kan exempelvis handla om
• Medicinska kontroverser som forskningsfält; historiografiska, metodologiska och teoretiska perspektiv.
• Medicinska kontroverser som kunskapsobjekt; utmaningar och möjligheter.
• Medicinska kontroverser, etik och samhällskritik: risker och potentialer.
Även presentationer kring andra tematiker och frågor med relevans för aktuell forskning inom medicinhistoria i vid bemärkelse är välkomna.
En session på konferensen behandlar den nyutkomna antologin Medicinska skandaler och moraler. Vetenskapens (etiska) gränser (red. Motzi Eklöf).
Keynote: Centre for Healthcare Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, står för keynote-föreläsningen.
Konferensen är kostnadsfri. Skicka anmälan och abstracts om max 300 ord senast den 1 augusti. Besked om accepterade abstracts lämnas den 20 augusti. Presentationerna (som bör hållas korta, exakt längd meddelas senare) kan vara på svenska och andra skandinaviska språk eller engelska. Deltagande utan egen presentation anmäls senast den 30 augusti. Antalet deltagare är begränsat.
Anmälan och information:
Varmt välkomna!
Eva Åhrén & Solveig Jülich