"AFRICAN HEALTH AND ILLNESS"
March 25-27, 2005
University of Texas at Austin
We are pleased to announce a three-day conference centered on the theme of African Health and Illness. We welcome papers that pose medical, cultural, sociological, methodological, and theoretical questions whether addressing relevant, recurring and urgent issues or raising neglected topics.
Papers are welcomed on virtually all topics and themes, irrespective of time, period and space, as well as interdisciplinary perspectives. Among the themes of interest are the following:
Ailments and treatments
Illnesses and their meanings
Administration of hospitals, gov't programs, bureaucracy
Healing methods (traditional, western, spiritual)
The "big pharma" and other MNCs
Globalization and health
Poverty and illness
The role of NGOs
Psychosocial affects and effects
War and trauma
The body and space
Famine and other un/natural disasters
Local, national and global politics
History of illnesses (e.g., malaria, TB, etc)
Contagion and containment
Images of illness
Health as a profession: caretakers, caregivers, providers, provisions
Autobiographies of health and welfare
The conference will encompass a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. Participants will be drawn from the United States, Canada, and elsewhere, including European and African countries. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and present papers. Selected papers from the conference will be published in book form.
The deadline for submitting paper proposals is October 1, 2004. Proposals should include a 250-word abstract along with the author's name, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation. All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email. Please address all inquiries and submissions to Mr. Matthew Heaton at the e-mail address given below. (cc Toyin.falola @mail.utexas.edu).
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