CFP: [International] 8th Global Conference: Making Sense of Health, Illness and Disease

full name / name of organization: 
Dr Rob Fisher

8th Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease

Friday 3rd July - Sunday 5th July 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore the
processes by which we attempt to create meaning in health, illness and
disease. In previous years, this interdisciplinary conference has attracted
delegates from around the world, including practising clinicians, academics
from a variety of disciplines, and persons involved in community-based

At the beginning of the 21st Century, the world is facing a plethora of
health problems, some of which could not have easily been predicted as
recently as the last two decades of the last century. Globally, there are
critical conditions brought about by war, persecution, mass migration,
famine and gross social inequalities. In the ‘developed societies’, a
combination of demographic and life-style factors is putting increasing
pressures on health-care facilities that are in danger of fragmentation and
under-funding. For its part, the general public is presenting practitioners
with a challenging contradiction: on the one hand, people live longer than
ever before and are, in some respects, healthier â€" but, on the other, the
burden of chronic disease and ‘un-wellness’ is increasing, and so is the
concern with health-related matters on the part of the ‘man and woman in
the street’. The wellness/illness profile of to-day’s communities renders
prevention as important as therapy â€" which, in turn, implies that
prevailing social attitudes have a key role in the dynamics of health,
illness and health care as an inter-related system.

The 2009 Conference is extending a call for papers on any aspect of this
complex set of circumstances. Because this is this is a very broad brief,
we particularly welcome papers that address the following themes:

I. Health, Illness and Disease in a Globalised World
* Health, human rights and social justice
* Health, disease and citizenship
* Health and place
* Diasporas and disease
* Health, disease and international medicine

II. Systemic Problems in Health Care
* Managerial vs clinical imperatives
* Professional hierarchies and internal conflicts
* The speed of innovation
* The contested nature of evidence-based medicine
* Patients or clients?

III. Beliefs about Health
* Positive thinking, tranquility and mindfulness
* Faith in diets (including water), eg vegan, low-carb, natural/organic
* Exercise, breathing
* Belief vs practice
* Fears: allergies, sensitivities, negative thinking, stress, contamination
* Puritanism and health beliefs
* ‘Healthism’ as the new religion

IV. Attitudes to medicine/healing
* Medicine as science
* Alternative/non-western approaches: evidence or ideology?
* Mistrust in ‘the system’ (‘medicine/science cannot explain everything’)
* Mistrust in the practitioners (lack of knowledge/competence/professionalism)
* Risk and trust in the medical encounter (including hospital stays)
* Litigation in the context of health care; the underlying complexities

V. Purveyors of information
* The media and the popularity of medical programs
* Personal networks
* Dr C. O. M. Puter â€" the role of the Internet
* Reflexivity in the system â€" how does public information feed back into
health care?

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th February 2009. If your
paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper
should be submitted by Friday 5th June 2009.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs; abstracts
may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you
do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not
receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to
look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs

Prof Peter L. Twohig
Canada Research Chair
c/o Gorsebrook Research Institute
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS Canada B3H 3C3

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland
Oxfordshire, OX29 8HR
United Kingdom

Perspectives are sought from those engaged in;

    * art and art therapy, creative writing, English literature, history of
medicine, media studies, the performing arts (dance, music, theatre),
philosophy and ethics, psychology and social psychology, social sciences,
sociology and socio-biology, theology and religious studies

    * anatomy, child care nursing, clinical psychology, counseling,
gerontology, health education, health services, hospital administration,
immunology, medical and surgical nursing, medicine and the medical
sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, public health care

    * practitioners in health care fields - doctors, GP's, surgeons, health
care workers, care givers, hospice workers

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published
in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for
development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic
ISBN hard copy volume. The conference is sponsored by
Inter-Disciplinary.Net as part of the 'Probing the Boundaries' programme of
research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas
and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are
innovative and exciting.

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