Dr. Bernhard Hadolt
Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Universität Wien
Dr. Thamar Klein
AG Medical Anthropology
c/o Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
AG Medical Anthropology
Die Arbeitsgruppe besteht bereits seit 1997 und hat seither beinahe jedes Jahr einen Workshop veranstaltet und war auf fast allen DGV-Tagungen mit einem eigenen Workshop vertreten.
2009 führte sie einen Workshop zum Thema Appropriation of Medical Technologies durch. Auf der Tagung 2011 bot sie den Workshop Kommodifizierung und Authentizität von Gesundheit und Heilung an.
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15th Anniversary Conference of the Work Group Medical Anthropology of the German Anthropological Association e.V.
Beyond Boundaries: Interstices in Medical Anthropology
University of Vienna, 29 November - 1 December 2012
The present conference – in the interstice between the 10th and 20th year of the Work Group Medical Anthropology – aims at studying in-between spaces within and beyond medical domains and phenomena. Medical Anthropology, more often than not, has focused on categorizations and boundaries within medicine and health, and sometimes on intersections, but has devoted far less attention on interstices – whether in relation to knowledge regimes, social groupings, healing practices/techniques or networks of objects. Moving beyond binary reasoning and bounded objects, we invite discussions about what happens and who/what lives in the cracks, interstices and gaps in the structure of medical traditions. To this end, we encourage papers that explore subject matters that fall between, rather than within, familiar boundaries, such as the medical body’s appropriation in politics of (national) identity, or the fabrication of new life forms through the development and clinical implementation of new biomedical technologies. We suggest approaching interstices not as empty gaps between regions full of structure, activity and meaning, but rather as clearings that may generate new knowledge, practices as well as discourses. The conference welcomes proposals for papers that address, but are not necessarily limited to, aspects of interstitial spaces in Medical Anthropology, including:
- Interstices between different currents of thought (e.g. conceptual and activity-related interstices used for legitimation and truth claims of medicines; medical traditions and their in-between spaces; interstices within and between both defining and changing diagnostic notions in psychiatry; interstitial space of academic borderlands)
- Globalization and in-between space/Third Space/trans-x space/interstitial space (e.g. interstices between the local, the regional, the national and the global)
- Contact zones/middle grounds in medico-technical research and clinical practice (e.g. strategies and tactics for appropriating interstices between domains)
- Interstices in the production of medicine, body and nation
- Bodies at the interstices of medicine, culture, religion, politics, law, art etc.
- The emergence of new social forms within interstitial spaces (including rites of passage and initiation)
- Moral interstices in medical ethics and policy making
- The use of interstices for the reflection on methodological procedures and field experiences
We welcome innovative, exciting, and unexpected takes on the above themes. Papers contributing to one of the panels outlined below are especially welcome. All interested in contributing to this conference are invited to send a proposal (300 words maximum) including a brief description of the project, key words, contact data and short biographical information via e-mail to
Bernhard Hadolt firstname.lastname@example.org and
Thamar Klein email@example.com
Deadline: 15 July 2012