Deadline 15 December: Social Sciences & Health Innovations Conference

Olga Zvonareva Announcement
Subject Fields
Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Philosophy, Public Health, Social Sciences

Dear all,

With apologies for cross-posting we would like to remind you of the deadline for abstract submission: 

4th Biannual Conference
Social Sciences & Health Innovations: 
May 23-25, 2019, Tomsk, Russia

Search for an adequate response to contemporary health problems continues to be high on the agenda. But how can these solutions be made to work and why is it that many do not? One inspiring way of approaching these questions starts from acknowledging the need to engage with multiplicities. While species, bodies, diseases, and knowledges are multiple, the notion of multiplicity is mostly avoided in health care, governance, and sciences, where the strive for uniformity and best practices sometimes comes at the expense of applicability in specific local settings, and of sensitivity to the uncertain consequences of decisions and interventions. This conference invites participants to discuss the notion of multiplicity and to engage with a diverse range of multiplicities that are too often bracketed in attempts to understand and address health problems. How can multiplicity be conceptualized? How can concepts of multiplicity inspire productive ways of dealing with health problems? How can we account for and engage with the complexes of many species living together? How can novel health technologies relate to the multiple realities where diseases are practiced differently?

Conference speakers:

  • Vololona Rabeharisoa, Professor of Sociology, Center for the Sociology of Innovation, Mines-ParisTech, Paris, France; author of many contributions on the increasing involvement of civil society organizations in scientific and technical activities
  • Maurizio Meloni, Associate Professor of Sociology, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia; co-editor of the recent Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society and Biosocial Matters: Rethinking Biology-Sociology Relationships
  • Yan Vlasov, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Samara State Medical University, Russia; Chair of the Patient Protection Council and Co-chair of the Russian Patients Union, Russia
  • Komatra Chuengsatiansup, medical anthropologist, medical doctor, and the Director of the Society and Health Institute, which is part of the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand. His research on antimicrobial resistance follows antibiotics, microbes, and discourses to national and international arenas.
  • Special online contribution by Annemarie Mol, Professor of Anthropology of the Body, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; author of books The Logic of Care and The Body Multiple.

Submit your paper or panel abstract:

We welcome both individual paper proposals and proposals for closed thematic panels (please note that your panel does not have to consist of paper presentations, it can be a storytelling session, performance, or anything you feel is suitable for engaging with your topic). Please submit your proposals via the electronic form by 15 December 2018:

Language of the Conference: English

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