Being There. Medical Anthropology in Action

30 years after the critical turn in medical anthropology we want to re-examine the many ethical and methodological challenges (junior) researchers face in the field.

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Various issues stemming from an increased modification of health and healing under neoliberalism force us to rethink established categories and recent concepts such as moral economies, anti-technology of citizenship, and bio-citizenship, posing difficult questions to researchers: Are we satisfied with the conceptual and methodological framework of current medical anthropology? How can we (re-)think theory and practice together?

At the meeting we want to discuss about the relationship between epistemological and political positionality, as the practice of fieldwork in medical anthropology is closely intertwined with both the adoption of theoretical paradigms and the choice of particular political and context-related positions from the researcher.

We therefore invite contributions that critically engage with one of the following or other issues in relation to the themes of the meeting:

  • Voice, power and knowledge on the field
  • Working at the margin (when the field speaks about violence, death, wars, borders)
  • Rethinking “anthropology at home” (location and relocation)
  • Getting in and out of the field
  • Ethics and engagement in social relations
  • Anthropology on demand (meeting the needs presented by the community)
  • Extractive industry and its impact on population health
  • Positionality and activism
  • Reality vs representation
  • Diagnostic proliferation in psychiatry and the moulding of contemporary Self
  • Healing knowledge and its transformation
  • New medical biotechnologies and body/life experience (reproductive technologies, strategies for increasing longevity, and so on)

If you want to contribute to the meeting, please submit an abstract of max. 300 words of your proposed contribution and three key words at the link below. After the notification of acceptance, you will be requested to submit your paper five weeks prior to the meeting.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 20.02.2019
Notification of Acceptance: 01.03.2019
Deadline for Paper Submission: 01.06.2019

Format of the meeting
Accepted participants will be organised into parallel group sessions. Participants will have to circulate their papers among their group members prior to the meeting, so everybody can read it in advance. At the meeting, participants will be given 8 min to briefly present their paper, then 5 min of questions from a peer reviewer and then other group members will give their feedback and engage in the discussion of the paper.

As in previous years the meeting programme also includes two workshops relating to the meetings’ theme. Further information will be provided in due time.

Participation without Presentation
To ensure a constructive atmosphere with enough room for in-depth feedback and discussion, we can accommodate only a limited number of participants at the meeting. However, depending on the number of accepted papers, it might be possible to include a few non-presenting participants. Further information on such possibilities will only be given after decisions about the acceptance of proposed papers have been made.

Registration Fee
There will be a small registration fee of 10 EUR to cover the costs of coffee breaks and lunch, which will be provided at both days of the conference. The fee is to be paid in cash upon arrival.