Globalization and technological innovations have created an unprecedented demand to keep up with what is new. The perceived advances related to socially organized processes in innovation make the retraining and mastery of new developments and knowledge a challenge that resonates through and across the major discourses of health. In health care in particular, this situation impinges on the patient, the medical professional and the medical system. We invite participants to engage the status of discourses on 'advances' in knowledge and the bearing of such enthusiasms on the culture of health, and to developments in the arts, sciences and information in everyday life.
This conference will take place June 23-26, 2011 at the Culture of Cities Centre (University of Waterloo) in Toronto, Ontario. Please sign up on our website.
Possible Themes and Topics:
Keeping up in and with medicine in the arts and science of healthfulness: the need to keep up with the latest information; the importance of keeping up with recent developments in surgical and other medical techniques; medicine as customer care and service delivery.
The City: architectonics; gentrification; urban health and its regions; the livable city; healthy cities; the metropolis and mental life.
The Structure of Enthusiasms – the Canon of Keeping Up: cybernetics; molecular idealism; nanomania, erotobrainia; perfectibility.
The New Order: social movements; new paradigms; sociometrics; wiki-knowledge; total exposure; surveillance; whatever happened to the avant-garde?
On Being Left Behind: obsolescence; keeping up with being 'slow'; the old guard; generations; pariahs; barriers and obstructions.
Expertise: specialists, pundits, consultants; professionalization; knowledge transmission; the value of being well-informed; prestige; comparisons of changing curricula; favorite authors; required reading and essential topics.
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