Call for Papers: European Association of Social Anthropologists 2014 – Panel 81: “Health Affects: Medical Belongings across the Globe”


In tracing moral attachments, emotional frustrations and collective mobilisations we wish to interrogate citizens’ affective attachments to a right to health and the political innovations it engenders.
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Long Abstract
What does the Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa of the 1990’s has in common with recent strikes of health care workers in Spain? What links USA’s introduction of « Obamacare » with Brazil’s existing public health care system ? As different as these examples may seem, all exemplify what one could describe as a political desire for medical belonging or “health citizenship”. The panel « Health Affects. Medical Belongings across the Globe » wishes to take the analysis of health citizenships in a new direction, in focussing not only on the political or legal dimension of « a right to health » -inscribed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after WWII – but also on its affective one. How do moral and emotional claims have shaped and shape public health politics around the world ? Which « affect economies » (Adams 2012) emerge ? How are the « affective attachments » (Berlant 2011) to health care interiorised and materialised differently and unequally across the globe today? Which circulation of ideas, actors and objects between the North and the South, and the East and the West does a “right to health” enable or impede? In tracing the moral attachments, emotional frustrations and collective mobilisations of a right to health – this productive and precarious utopia – we wish to interrogate the history and present of citizens’ affective attachments to it and the political innovations it engenders.
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Janina Kehr (University of Zurich, Switzerland):
Fanny Chabrol (INSERM, UMR 912, Marseille, France):
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Please submit your paper through the conference website via the ‘Propose a paper’ link found beneath the panel abstract on the panel’s webpage.
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Proposals should consist of:

  • a paper title
  • authors/co-authors
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.


The deadline for the CFP is February 27th, 2014.Oakley sunglasses Discount

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