MAGic2015 EASA RAI Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy and practice, University of Sussex, UK, 9-11th September 2015

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MAGic2015 EASA RAI Anthropology and Global Health: interrogating theory, policy and practice

Official conference web-page on EASA site
Official web-site of University of Sussex

A joint conference organised by the EASA Medical Anthropology Network and the RAI Medical Anthropology Committee
University of Sussex, UK, 9-11th September 2015

EASA's Medical Anthropology Network are pleased to announce that they are organising a conference in collaboration with the RAI Medical Anthropology Committee.

The conference seeks to interrogate the paradigms and practice of global health. We invite reflective contributions from anthropologists working at policy, programme or community levels to understand global health issues from a range of perspectives.

Please read the conference theme, then the Call for panels, and propose a panel before the deadline of 26th February.

When the call for panel closes, the Scientific Committee will decide which proposals to accept. There will then be a call for papers from 11th March to 27th April. Papers will need to be proposed online to specific panels. When the call for papers closes, the panel convenors will make their decisions which papers to accept. Registration will then open on 3rd June.

MAGic2015 Theme EASA RAI

The emerging field of global health has enabled a focus on health and health equity as a subject which transcends national boundaries. At the same time political, economic and ecological transformations world-wide are occurring through flows of people, ideas, technologies, goods, medicine, expertise, services, philanthropy and aid. What are the effects of these diverse flows on health systems, people’s well-being and their understanding and ability to sustain, restore or achieve good health? What kinds of relationships, ideas, moralities, ideologies, and rights discourse are mobilised in the interests of saving lives and achieving public health goods and goals? Are the principles of justice and equity realised in global health?

The conference seeks to explore the creative and dynamic tensions which arise in conceptual and methodological terms from work at the intersections of anthropology and global health. What do the constructivist, interpretive and critical perspectives of medical anthropology, alternative concepts of well-being and vernacular expressions of dis-ease bring to the field of global health? How are the positivisms of biomedicine and public health being shaped by global flows in the economy? What are anthropological responses to the growing health inequalities of free market ideologies, neo-liberal social marketing and the privatisation of care? In turn, how do the field realities of practising and improvising medicine and public health in resource-constrained settings alter our understandings of the moral economy of care and care-giving? Where and how do discourses of risk and population hide or reveal individual access and priority in care?

This exciting and topical conference, which is the first international medical anthropology conference to be held in the UK under the auspices of the EASA Medical Anthropology Network and the RAI Medical Anthropology Committee, seeks to interrogate the paradigms and practice of global health. We invite reflective contributions from anthropologists working at policy, programme or community levels to understand global health issues from a range of perspectives including varieties and processes of contagion around infectious diseases, chronicity and temporal rhythms associated with non-communicable diseases, reproductive commodification and entitlements in maternal and child health, the physiological and cosmological significance of human-animal interactions, chronic and life-style related ailments, occupational health-risks, physical and mental trauma associated with rape, domestic violence, war, conflicts and natural disasters.

MAGic2015 Call for panels

The call for panels is now open and closes on 26th February. Decisions about the panel proposals will be made by the scientific committee and communicated to all proposing convenors by 11th March. Before you propose a panel please read the theme, and the rules below.

Proposals must consist of:

  • a panel title
  • the name/s and email address/es of panel convenor/s
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words
  • The proposal may also include the names of any chairs or discussants, although these can be added subsequently using the login environment - please use the convention of Firstname Lastname (Institution). If these roles are to be taken by convenors, please do not enter your own names there, as it's implicit that this will be the case where other names are not listed.


All proposals must be made via the online form, not by email.

No panel may run for more than three sessions of 90 minutes (maximum 12 papers).

Panel convenors may be students. Convenors may also present a paper during the conference, either in their own panel or another. Due to the 'competition for time' within such a conference, colleagues are allowed to convene no more than one panel and present only one paper during the conference. This does not prevent you from making multiple proposals, but in the case of multiple acceptances we will ask you to make a choice.

MAGic2015 requires all accepted panels to be open to paper proposals through the website; you may of course propose a panel with specific contributors in mind, but when the call for papers opens, you should be open to the possibility of other contributions arriving via the open call.

Panels convenors and paper presenters need not be members of EASA or the RAI. However, both associations welcome new members (see membership page). Members of EASA, RAI and of WCAA sister-associations can register for the conference at a discounted fee.

Useful information for later in this process

Controlling/editing your panel

Panel convenors can use the login link in the menu above to edit their proposals. Later, when panels have been accepted/rejected, convenors are requested to administer their panels via this login environment. Convenors should log in to state any specific timing requests for their panel (when directed to so by the conference administrator), to add the names of chairs/discussants, and to manage the paper proposals. Co-convenors cannot be added/removed nor can panels be withdrawn through this environment - please email magic2015(at) to do this.

When papers are proposed via the website, they will be proposed to specific panels. Convenors will receive a summary email of the proposal. Convenors are welcome to acknowledge proposals by email, and even to ask contributors to edit their abstracts by logging in themselves. When the call for papers is over, convenors must indicate their decisions about whether to accept/reject/transfer proposals through the login environment. If an author later emails to withdraw their paper, the convenors should mark the paper as 'Withdrawn' in the login environment, otherwise the conference administrator may not know of the withdrawal. The papers can be placed in order via the login environment, and this should be done once decisions about all papers have been made.

Length of panels

Panels may not last for more than a single day. Each day will have a maximum of three 90-minute panel sessions, each of which may hold up to four papers. So convenors should accept no more than twelve papers. When the call for papers closes the Scientific Committee will work on rehousing the proposals marked 'transfer', and we will get in touch if this affects your panel. This should be completed by the time registration opens.

Pre-circulation of papers

EASA has no rule about this but many convenors are keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on loads of email traffic, authors can upload a PDF of their paper within Cocoa, and it will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site. It is your choice whether you instruct your presenters to make use of this.

Timing of presentations

How you allocate the time in your sessions is largely your decision. The EASA norm is to allot each presenter a maximum of 20 minutes (for presentation and questions/discussion). The key is to respect the fact that many presenters have travelled a long way in order to be able to contribute and clearly need time to set out their argument. We are unable to represent specific intra-panel timings in our programme. Delegates reading the conference book will have to work on the assumption that papers will be evenly distributed through the panel. Clearly you may wish to amalgamate discussion time, but where possible please try to stick to this even distribution.

Communication between authors/convenors

Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam and privacy reasons. However, there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If you cannot work that, please email magic2015(at) to obtain the relevant email addresses.

Accepted panels

  • P01 Ambivalent objects: Things, substances, commodities, and technologies in Global Health
  • P03 Anthropology of health indicators and statistics
  • P04 Global Health as a novel form of Biopower? Interrogating the fault lines between Geopolitics and Biopolitics in Global Health policy and practice
  • P05 Different ways to become known and knowable as a person: ideas, ideology and epistemic injustices in global mental health
  • P06 Urbanisation, health and policy
  • P07 Anthropology in the time of Ebola: anthropological insights in a global health emergency
  • P08 Collaborations and confusions: How to talk About Global Health?
  • P09 Maternal precarity at the intersection of households and health systems: Interrogating meanings of risk and power in maternal health
  • P11 Health affects: Medical belongings across the globe
  • P12 Weight loss, bariatric or metabolic surgery, the last hope?
  • P13 Global Mental Health and Psychiatric Anthropology
  • P14 Differences that Matter: Inequalities in Global Health
  • P15 Health for All: Policy and Practice
  • P16 Genomics and Genetic Medicine: Pathways to Global Health?
  • P17 The unintended consequences of global health research and interventions - an anthropological view
  • P18 De-medicalisation and the rehabilitation of nature in Western culture
  • P19 How 'global' is Global Health? Mobility and (dis)connectivity in the Global Health enterprise
  • P20 Global ageing: Towards a shift from cure to care
  • P21 ''Global Health Doesn't Exist": Tracking invocations and instantiations of Global Health
  • P22 A human rights-based approach on migrants' right to health
  • P23 Mental health and anthropology: local challenges to 'global mental health'
  • P24 Anthropology on trial? The role of ethnography in HIV experimental science
  • P25 Social innovation In Global Health
  • P26 Conflicting politics underlying obesity in a complex, globalised world: 'glocal' governance, public actions and community engagement
  • P27 Rethinking Medical Anthropology: Experiences on global diseases in Latin America from a critical perspective.
  • P28 Managing trust in an uncertain therapeutic world
  • P29 Disability: theory, policy and practice in global contexts
  • P30 Health workers at the boundaries of Global Health: Between 'performance' and socio-material practices of care
  • P31 Chronicity and Care: anthropological approaches to progressive lifelong conditions
  • P32 Global Healthcare Professionals in Medical Anthropology: issues of theory methods and practice
  • P33 Therapeutic citizenship and global politics of inclusion/exclusion in the transnational quest for life-saving care
  • P34 Applied anthropological research in the Ebola response
  • P35 Unpacking the discourse of safety in Global Health
  • P36 Justice and healing in the wake of war
  • P37 Anthropological engagements with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa
  • P38 Taking account of context: anthropology in the evaluation of global health interventions
  • P39 What Emergency produces… Ebola and its artefacts.
  • P40 What can anthropology contribute to health systems research and reform?
  • P41 Containers and the material life of Global Health
  • P42 Applied medical anthropology in the Anthropocene
  • P43 Stakeholder' as an emerging keyword in global health cultures: but what are the stakes and who holds them?
  • P44 Children's experiences with Global Health
  • P45 Philanthropy and global health
  • P46 Reproductive disruptions & flows: Surrogacy & obstetric care in India and the US
  • P47 Post-human perspectives: how productive or relevant are these for a global medical anthropology?
  • P48 The role of networks in influencing and implenting global health programmes and policy.
  • P49 Engaging with Public Health: Exploring tensions between global programs and local responses.
  • P50 Locating anthropology in qualitative global health research
  • P51 Remembering Global Health
  • P52 Communicating Bodies: New Juxtapositions of Linguistic and Medical Anthropology