Pleasure and Health: A Colloquium

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Health and Health Care, Human Rights, Public Health, Social Sciences

Dear Colleagues


Please circulate to your academic and student networks.

We are planning a Pleasure and Health Colloquium. ​This colloquium invites contributions to the study of health-related pleasures.


Activities to promote health have had to pay attention so called ‘unhealthy behaviours’ concerning, for example, tobacco and alcohol use, food choice and sexual activity.  A range of interventions have been developed in an attempt to change such behaviours.

These latter interventions attempt to promote health and well-being through moderating or even negating pleasure-seeking activities. That is to say, ‘the seeking of pleasure’ is an activity that is often believed to mitigate or confound the success of public health programmes. Thus, pleasure as an individual bodily sensation or as a shared experience is regarded to be in need of rechanneling or neutralising for health’s sake.

Yet evidence shows that the ‘war on pleasure’ is a battle hard to win. This is not because individuals or groups are ‘weak willed’ or ‘lack commitment’ but because, put simply, pleasure actually feels good, not only innately and individually, and also communally and collectively.

The examination of pleasure is under researched, especially within health and health-related areas. The Colloquium is designed to draw those researching pleasure together and begin to address this lack.



We are seeking presentations of no longer than 20 minutes, with an abstract of no more than 300 words. Use the link below to submit yur abstract and to register for the colloquium. 

Abstracts must be submitted by 26 March 2018. 

Final payment for registration closes 1 June 2018


You can click on this link  for more information about the Colloquium and registration details.



Professor John Coveney, Flinders University, South Australia



John Coveney PhD, APD

Professor of Global Food, Culture and Health

Flinders University

Sturt Road, Bedford Park

South Australia 5042


Associate Professor Lee Thompson, University of Otago, New Zealand

Deputy Head of Department & Postgraduate Course Director

Department of Population Health

University of Otago


New Zealand

Contact Info: 

Professor John Coveney, Flinders University, South Australia

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Associate Professor Lee Thompson, University of Otago, New Zealand