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Call for Papers: Chronic Living, 23-25 April 2020, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Thank you for sharing! List of open panels announced. Deadline for abstract
submissions: 1 November 2019


quality, vitality and health in the 21st century
an international conference
23-25 April 2020, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


While still (too) many people die from fatal diseases, more and more people
all around the world are living with chronic conditions. Qualitative aspects
of daily living, thus, emerge as objects of knowledge as well as sites of
interventions just as "lifestyle" and "wellbeing" figure as targets of more
and more health and welfare interventions. "Quality of life" has become a
quality of care parameter measured by medical professionals who provide
treatments for diseases that cannot be cured, only lived with. A "normal life"
has become the promise in advertisements that pharmaceutical companies bring
out. Preventive (mental) health interventions, "positive living" HIV projects,
and patient associations, while providing advice and support families on how
best to "live with" a particular condition, feed into imperatives of living

With this move towards quality, vitality and health, and with chronic living
as object at the intersection of knowledge production and intervention, a new
politics of living continues to unfold which poses methodological,
theoretical, and normative challenges in the social sciences of medicine.
Medical anthropology, sociology, STS and other neighbouring disciplines have a
long tradition of studying the processes of living with (chronic) disease.
Countless ethnographic studies have provided insights about how all around the
world people go about their everyday life endeavours while actually living
with depression, dementia, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and
more. As a result, a wide range of analytical tools and theoretical
repertoires have emerged to grasp "chronic living" ranging from experience
(intersubjectivity), existential meaning (leading a moral/ethical life),
suffering (struggling along), belonging (relationality), doing (tinkering),
performance (affordances) or as an object of disciplining (subjectivation).

We hereby invite you to join us to collectively build on these tradition(s);
to engage, unpack, explore and tackle quality, vitality and health, which is
to say chronic living and the politics of living that are at stake in it. We
welcome contributions from scholars as well as colleagues working in other
sectors, whether hospitals, patients associations or other.
Individual papers can be directed at one of the open panels listed below or
submitted as an independent contribution addressing the overall questions
guiding the conference. The organizing committee will cluster independent
contributions as best possible according to overlapping themes.
Paper submission should include:
- Name and affiliation
- Paper title
- Paper abstract (max. 200 words)
- An indication of which open panel the paper is directed at or that it is an
independent submission speaking to the conference theme in general
Please notice that some travel bursaries will be available. When submitting
your paper, please indicate whether you intend to apply for bursary.
Deadline: abstract submissions are due by 1 November 2019 at the latest on:
NB Online submission and
registration opens 1 October 2019
Download complete panel list and abstract book

1. Living Intimacy: exploring the relational and intimate spaces of
conditions. Panel organizers: Karen
Dam Nielsen (University of Twente) & Sebastian Mohr (Karlstad University)
2. Public health interventions, politics of life and potential futures:
the making of (un)equal lives?
Panel organizers: Sangeeta Chattoo,
Sarah Nettleton, Karl Atkin and Nik Brown (University of York)
3. Vital spaces: chronic living and the (un)making of place.
Panel organizers: Rebecca Lynch
(King's College London) & Natassia Brenman (University of Cambridge)
4. Chronic living through pharmaceuticals.
Panel organizers: Rafaela Zorzanelli
& Annette Leibing (State University of Rio de Janeiro), Silke Schicktanz
(University of Gtingen) and Stefan Ecks (University of Edinburgh)
5. Procreative interruptions: understanding reproductive uncertainty and
parenting practices in the context of chronic and genetic disease.
Panel organizers: Nicky Hudson,
Helene Mitchell, Cathy Herbrand & Kriss Fearon (De Montfort University)
6. The sociality of diabetes management.
Panel organizers: Natasja Kingod,
Dan Grabowski, Regitze Pals & Bryan Cleal (Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen)
7. Working towards best possible futures; chronicity, anticipation, and
Panel organizers: Narelle Warren
(Monash University), Nina Nissen (University of Southern Denmark) & Dikaios
Sakellariou (Cardiff University)
8. Ecologies of daily living: Relational explorations into embodied
Panel organizers: Patrick Bieler,
Milena D. Bister & Toms Snchez Criado (Humboldt-Universitt zu Berlin)
9. The politics of categorizing 'health': Which 'healthy' lives do we
study and produce?
Panel organizer: Mareike Smolka
(University Maastricht)
10. Chronic
times. Panel organizer: Michele
Friedner (University of Chicago) and Tyler Zoanni (University of Bayreuth)
11. Chronic temporalities: the relation to time in chronic patients and
their caregivers.
Panel organizers: Catarina Delaunay
(Universidade Nova de Lisboa) & Ana Patrcia Hilrio (Universidade de Lisboa)
12. Chronic Working: Including Employees and Their Daily Practices and
Concerns into Workplace Health Initiatives.
Panel Organizer: Lotte Thissen
(Maastricht University)
13. Care and finitude: Thinking about lives that shows us the boundaries
of care as a
concept. Panel organizers: Simon Cohn
(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and Lotte Buch Segal
(University of Edinburgh)
14. Chronic living, aging and dying? Exploring temporality and ethics in
old age.
Panel organizers: Lone Grn (VIVE
Danish Center for Social Science Research) and Lotte Meinert (Aarhus
15. Hormonal living: normalising bodies through hormone regulation.
Panel organizers: Sonja Erikainen
(University of Leeds), Roslyn Malcolm and Lisa Raeder (University of
16. Postponing terminality - hunting
chronicity. Panel organizers: Ivana
Bogicevic, Mie Seest Dam & Line Hillersdal (University of Copenhagen)
17. Qualifying for costly treatments? Enacting values in measuring,
assessing and experiencing wellbeing and bodily functions.
Panel organizers: Amalie Martinus
Hauge, Laura Emdal Navne, Sarah Wadmann (VIVE Danish Center for Social Science
Research) and Marieke van Eijk (University of Washington)
18. Event Horizons: Temporality, Care, Sustainability.
Panel organizers: Katy Overstreet
(Aarhus University) & Matthew Wolf-Meyer (Binghamton University)
19. Chronic Living in the Age of mHealth: Exploring the Ongoing
Reconfiguration of Roles and Practices in Managing Health.
Panel organizers: Ricky Janssen &
Karine Wendrich (Radboud University)
20. Chronic Lives and monoclonal antibodies.
Panel organizer: Jonas Kure Buer
(University of Oslo)
21. Caring for the senses: life-worth, optimization and technological
imaginations of a (fully) functional
body. Panel organizers: Kristina
Grnenberg (Anthropology, University of Copenhagen), Line Hillersdal
(Anthropology, University of Copenhagen), Inge Kryger Pedersen (Sociology,
University of Copenhagen), Ida Wentzel Winther (Educational Anthropology,
University of Aarhus)
22. DIY, Device Activism and Chronic
Living. Panel Organizers: Henriette
Langstrup (University of Copenhagen), Enrico Maria Piras (Fondazione Bruno
Kessler) & Samantha Gottlieb (independent reseacher)
23. The imperative of
closeness. Panel organizers: Gitte
Wind, Tania Drbel, Benjamin O. Bgeskov (University College Copenhagen)
24. From expert patients to patient experts: Towards the legitimation of
personal experiences, subjective thoughts and practical knowledge in
Panel Organizers: Giada Danesi
(University of Lausanne) & Natasja Kingod (Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen)
25. Living with Polypharmacy: knowledge, practices and performances of
patients, carers and professionals.
Panel Organizers: Deborah
Swinglehurst & Nina Fudge (Queen Mary University of London)
26. 'Frailty': an emerging object of knowledge.
Panel organizers: Dawn Goodwin
(Dundee University) & Suzanne Grant (Lancaster University)
27. Living with cancer: between the promises of innovations and the
experience of
chronicity. Panel organizers: Ignacia
Arteaga (University of Cambridge), Nils Graber (University of Lausanne) and
Cinzia Greco (University of Manchester)
28. Life, death, and everything in between: Medical Anthropology in/of
the contemporary Middle East and North Africa.
Panel organizer:
Christine Sargent (University of Colorado Denver)
29. Struggles around care.
Panel organizers: Jeannette Pols
(University of Amsterdam), Christine Ceci (University of Alberta), Kristin
Bjornsdottir (University of Iceland) and Mary Ellen Purkis (University of
30. Chronic Histories in Organs.
Panel organizers: Branwyn Poleykett
(University of Exeter) & Noemi Tousignant (University College London)
31. Endo-living: Engaging health, vitality and wellbeing and the
gendered politics of chronic living through the lens of endometriosis.
Panel organizers: Annalise
Weckesser, Elaine Denny (Birmingham City University) & Vronique A.S. Griffith
(University of Edinburgh)
32. Chronic dying: fading and fighting towards the end of life.
Panel organizers: Anja Marie Born
Jensen (University of Copenhagen), Mette Terp Hybye (Aarhus University),
Kathrine Stengaard Dalum (Copenhagen University Hospital)
33. Chronic disease, toxicity, protection and care in Africa and the
Global South.
Panel organizers: Ruth Prince, Signe
Mikkelsen (University of Oslo) and Miriam Waltz (Universities of rhus/Oslo)
34. Perspectives on Chronic Living and Treatment Practices.
Panel organizers: LEO Pharma: PhD
pharm Karsten Petersson (director), M.Sc. communication Klaus Legau (Senior
manager public affairs), M.Sc. Sofie Gro Sndergaard (Senior
scientist)/Cecilie Bnlkke (User Insights Specialist)/Camilla Kehlet (User
Insights Specialist)
35. Time in place. Insights into chronic living through the lens of
chronic kidney disease.
Panel organizers: Anna Mann
(University of Copenhagen) and Janelle Taylor (University of Toronto)
36. Living with/at risk - social studies of prevention, surveillance and
detection. Panel organizers: Jessica
Mozersky (Washington University School of Medicine), Richard Milne (University
of Cambridge), Mikko Jauho (University of Helsinki), Sofie Rosenlund Lau
(University of Copenhagen), Catherine Will (University of Sussex), Kate Weiner
(University of Sheffield), Ayo Wahlberg and Laura Heinsen (University of
37. Excremental living - social studies of care and the lived experience
of bowel and urinary conditions.
Panel organizers: Cecilie Carlsen
Caspersen (Amager and Hvidovre Hospital), Camilla Brndstrup Laursen (Aarhus
University) & Deren Pulley (UCSF-Berkeley)
38. User Driven Innovation in Pharma.
Panel organizers: LEO Pharma: PhD
pharm Karsten Petersson (director), PhD Cellular and molecular biology Niclas
Nilsson (Head of Open Innovation), M.Sc. communication Klaus Legau (Senior
manager public affairs), M.Sc. Sofie Gro Sndergaard (Senior
scientist)/Cecilie Bnlkke (User Insights Specialist)/Camilla Kehlet (User
Insights Specialist)
39. Who cares for the chronically living?
Panel organizers: Sofie Rosenlund
Lau (University of Copenhagen), Lillian Prueher (University of Washington,
Seattle), Stephanie Cruz (University of Washington, Seattle), Lily Shapiro
(University of Washington, Seattle), Josien de Klerk, (Leiden University
College) and Tusajigwe Erio (University of Amsterdam).
40. Politics of
rehabilitative-living. Panel
organizers: Louise Chartrand (University of Manitoba, Canada), Anette Lykke
Hindhede (Aalborg University, Denmark), Patty Thille (University of Manitoba,
Canada), Mette Ryssel Bystrup (Aalborg University, Denmark), Helle Rnn
Schmidt (Aalborg University, Denmark).
41. Living with Microbes: From gut intimacies to collective health
ecologies. Panel organizer: Louise
Whiteley and Adam Bencard (University of Copenhagen), Andrea Butcher, Jose
Caada & Salla Sariola (University of Helsinki).

Chronic Living is the final conference of the research project "The Vitality
of Disease - Quality of Life in the Making" funded by the European Research
Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme (grant agreement 63927 - VITAL).


Ayo Wahlberg
Professor MSO

Department of Anthropology
University of Copenhagen
ster Farimagsgade 5
1353 Copenhagen K
TEL +45 35 32 44 51
Latest books: Good Quality - the Routinization of Sperm Banking in
Selective Reproduction in the 21st
Latest VITAL publications: "Living with/out Dementia in Contemporary South
"Noise as dysappearance: Attuning to a life with type 1
"The Vitality of
"The 'disabilitization' of medicine: the emergence of Quality of Life as a
space to interrogate the medical

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