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Call for Papers: “Embodied Belonging: In/Exclusion, Health Care and Well-Being in a World in Motion”

Workshop on behalf of the Work Group Medical Anthropology at the German Anthropological Association Conference “Belonging: Affective, moral, and political practices in an interconnected world” 4-7 October 2017, Freie Universität Berlin.

Convenors: Claudia Lang (Cermes3, Paris) and Dominik Mattes (Freie Universität Berlin)

Keynote by Sarah Willen, University of Connecticut

Increasing human mobility and worldwide migration processes of varying scope are provoking new experiences and practices of belonging related to the body, health care, and well-being. This is significant not only for those leaving their home countries and arriving elsewhere as newcomers, but also for the members of so-called ‘host communities’ who are confronted with social and material transformations of their life worlds resulting from large-scale human migration. In this workshop we aim to address how (embodied) belonging is re-imagined, negotiated, contested, practiced, constrained, and (failed to be) achieved in the context of such societal encounters, and which are the effects on involved people’s well-being and health care. In exploring health-related transformations in people’s lives caused by dis- and re-emplacements, we propose embodied belonging as a provisional term to connect social, moral, and political-legal aspects of belonging with its affective and sensorial dimensions. Workshop papers may address but are not restricted to the following questions: How does belonging matter in the suffering, (health) care and well-being of migrants and refugees, but also the homeless, disabled, and otherwise socially disadvantaged among the ‘host communities’? Which are the effects of particular politics of belonging and corresponding administrative regimes on institutional setups of health care provision? What are the consequences with regard to people’s capacities to maintain and re-create a sense of belonging and to sustain their well-being? What is the role of religious and ‘alternative’ healing practices in achieving and sustaining embodied belonging and well-being? How are the body and the senses entangled in perceptions, disruptions, and re-creations of belonging? How are (in)capacities to belong and respective consequences for people’s well-being shaped along lines of social division such as gender, age, religious affiliation, ethnicity, and legal status?

Please send your abstract of max. 1.200 characters (incl. spaces) and also a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) directly to the workshop organizers.

Email:  Claudia.Lang@ethnologie.lmu.de, dominik.mattes@fu-berlin.de

Deadline: 15 February 2017


*** Extended deadline: 31 October 2016 ***

Call for Papers

“Transfigurationen: medizin macht gesellschaft macht medizin” (University of Basel, 17-18 February 2017)

Please download the full Call for Papers of this anniversary conference HERE.


Work Group Medical Anthropology Planning Workshop

An internal planning workshop of the work group will take place on 20-21 May 2016 at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.

Please download the program HERE.


Workshop progam now online: “The making and unmaking of ‘crises’ and ’emergencies’ in global health”

Workshop on behalf of the Work Group Medical Anthropology at the German Anthropological Association Conference “Crises: Reconfigurations of life, power and worlds”, 30 September-03 October 2015, Pilipps-Universität Marburg.

Please download the program HERE.


Panel program now online: “How ‘global’ is Global Health? Mobility and (dis)connectivity in the Global Health enterprise”

Panel on behalf of the Work Group Medical Anthropology at the joint conference “MAGic2015. Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy, and practice” (EASA Medical Anthropology Network und RAI Medical Anthropology Committee ), University of Sussex, UK, 9-11 September 2015.

Panel Convenors: Dominik Mattes (Freie Universität Berlin), Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin), Kristine Krause (University of Amsterdam)

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Call for Papers: “How ‘global’ is Global Health? Mobility and (dis)connectivity in the Global Health enterprise”

Panel on behalf of the AG Medical Anthropology at the joint conference “MAGic2015. Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy, and practice” (EASA Medical Anthropology Network and RAI Medical Anthropology Committee ), University of Sussex, UK, 9-11 September 2015.

Panel Convenors: Dominik Mattes (Freie Universität Berlin), Hansjörg Dilger (Freie Universität Berlin), Kristine Krause (University of Amsterdam)

Deadline for paper proposals: 27 April 2015

Mobility and connectivity are central elements of the field of Global Health. Thus, the increasing mobility and connectedness of persons, pathogens, and politics across national and regional boundaries produce often novel health conditions of potentially global urgency. The responses to health issues, in turn, trigger (equally transnational) flows of finances, policies, and medico-technical interventions establishing new types of assemblages with an often strong humanitarian impetus. This panel interrogates how the field of Global Health is “patterned” by geopolitical power relations, conditions of inequality and vulnerability, and the agendas and strategies of particular actors. Workshop submissions should pay special attention to the phenomena of (dis)connectivity, mobility, directionality, (in)equality and neglect. They may address why certain health conditions become the target of global health interventions while others, that are similarly “urgent” in terms of morbidity and mortality, do not attract the same medical, political and financial attention? Which (geographic as well as metaphoric) spaces and types of problems remain unmarked in the Global Health landscape? How does the “Global North” become part of the Global Health paradigm, other than intervening in the health crises of the “Global South”? Do notions of Global Health that pay attention to “austerity” and “crisis” in the “Global North” simply replace geographical boundaries by markers of class, ethnicity or race? Finally, what (new) connectivities are established between the multiple actors of the Global Health enterprise, and how do they produce new solidarities, but also hierarchies and power relations in “South-South” or “East-West” cooperations?

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Call for Papers: “The making and unmaking of ‘crises’ and ’emergencies’ in global health”

Panel on behalf of the AG Medical Anthropology at the German Anthropological Association Biannual Conference “Crises. Reconfigurations of life, power and worlds”, 30. September-03 October 2015, Pilipps-Universität Marburg.

Please download the full CFP HERE.


New Blog “Medizinethnologie”

The new blog “Medizinethnologie. Körper, Gesundheit und Heilung in einer globalisierten Welt” is now online: www.medizinethnologie.net

Contributions and comments on texts of the blog are very welcome – also from authors who are not a member of the Work Group Medical Anthropology!


 

Information about classes taught by our members can be found here!

 

New books and contributions by our members:

Hansjörg Dilger, Susann Huschke & Dominik Mattes (guest eds.). 2015. Ethics, Epistemology, and Engagement: Encountering Values in Medical Anthropology. Special Issue, Medical Anthropology 34(3).

Rijk van Dijk, Hansjörg Dilger, Marian Burchardt & Thera Rasing (eds.). 2014. Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives. London: Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-5669-8

Caroline Meier zu Biesen. 2013. Globale Epidemien – lokale Antworten. Eine Ethnographie der Heilpflanze Artemisia annua in Tansania. Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag. ISBN 978-3-593-42100-1

Hansjörg Dilger, Abdoulaye Kane & Stacey Langwick (eds.). 2012. Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa: Transnational Health and Healing. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-22368-5

Verena Keck. 2011. The Search for a Cause: An Anthropological Perspective on a Neurological Disease in Guam, Western Pacific. Mangilao: University of Guam, Micronesian Area Research Center and Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

Ehler Voss. 2011. Mediales Heilen in Deutschland. Berlin: Reimer. ISBN 978-3-496-02843-7

Ehler Voss (guest ed.). 2011.Generation Ethnomedizin – Generation Medizinethnologie?” AGEM 1970–2010: Rückblicke und Ausblicke III. Curare 34(3).

Erdmute Alber, Bettina Beer, Julia Pauli & Michael Schnegg (eds.). 2010. Verwandtschaft heute. Berlin: Reimer.

Magdalena Stülb. 2010. Transkulturelle Akteurinnen. Eine medizinethnologische Studie zu Schwangerschaft, Geburt und Mutterschaft von Migrantinnen in Deutschland. Berlin: Weißensee. ISBN 978-3-89998-176-6

Hansjörg Dilger und Bernhard Hadolt (eds.). 2010. Medizin im Kontext. Krankheit und Gesundheit in einer vernetzten Welt. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang.