Message posted on 21/11/2022

SIEF 2023: MAYS EASA panel on medical precarity

Deal All,

Consider applying to our panel titled Medical Precarity in Uncertain Times: Understanding Contemporary Healthcare Design, Malfunction, and Collapse [MAYS EASA].

Short abstract: When, why, and in what social and material conditions do medical or healthcare collapse occur? This panel invites papers that critically reflect on conditions of healthcare or medical crisis, uncertainty, and collapse.

Long abstract: While the pandemic has exposed the many serious shortcomings and inadequacies of contemporary healthcare systems, the ensuing economic decline has put a serious strain on their functioning and accessibility, sometimes pushing them to the verge of collapse. The last three years have brought attention to the precarity and fragility of contemporary healthcare and medical systems, though calls for their post-pandemic reimagining or reform have arguably been sparse.

Within the broader rubric of uncertainty, drawing on the entire spectrum of systematic malfunctions, this panel invites papers that speak about cases of medical precarity, including instances of systemic malfunction, policy mismanagement, and political abuse that lead malfunctioning systems to collapse. When, why, and in what social and material conditions does medical or healthcare collapse occur? By what metrics or standards do people define and measure medical or healthcare collapse? Alternatively, how do healthcare and medicine co-exist, or even thrive, under conditions of systematic malfunction? In what ways might Western biomedicine contribute to medical precarity, including some patients and some diseases at the expense of others?

We welcome papers taking on topics such as, for example:

  • pandemic and post-pandemic healthcare malfunctions,

  • cost-driven healthcare inaccessibility,

  • war-time healthcare,

  • inequality by design: medical exclusion of certain groups or health issues,

  • various stages of systemic healthcare malfunction,

  • healthcare or medical collapse in all its forms.

Best wishes, Magdalena Góralska and Anthony Rizk

-- Magdalena H. Góralska

Currently: Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology , University of Warsaw, PhD Researcher POPREBEL , SSEES UCL Ethnographer MAYS EASA , Co-coordinator

Check out my recent paper: Anthropology from Home. Advice on Digital Ethnography for the Pandemic Times, in: Anthropology in Action 27(1)

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