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Revised Submission Deadline: February 20th 2020

11th Medical Anthropology Young Scholars Annual Meeting: 18 and 19 June 2020, Geneva

Medical anthropology and its others: The disciplinarity of a field in motion

Far from being clearly bounded, medical anthropology has come to capture a massive variety of anthropological engagement. This includes, but is not limited to, the applied and theoretical study of health and illness, ritual healing, violence, the body, biologicals, psychology, healthcare, humanitarianism, public health, (bio)medicine, global health, science and technology, death and dying, and many others besides and in between. How do we come to terms with medical anthropology as a field that is itself in motion? How do we learn from and engage with other anthropological sub-disciplines, such as visual, political, economic and legal anthropology, and other disciplines in the social and natural sciences? As students of medical anthropology, what are the boundaries of our discipline and where are we taking it going forward?

The Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) network enthusiastically invites you to discuss with us the disciplinarity of medical anthropology at its next annual meeting. As such, we encourage submissions from graduate students and early-career scholars in medical anthropology and related fields, as well as from those who locate themselves at the periphery or outside of the field altogether. 

We invite contributions that either explicitly discuss disciplinarity in medical anthropology or implicitly demonstrate disciplinary engagements, and speak to such questions as: 

  • What methodological and theoretical contributions and gains has medical anthropology made in conversation with other (sub-)disciplines? 
  • How do the core paradigms of medical anthropology converge with and depart from those of other (sub-)disciplines?
  • What anthropological dogmas are reinforced, reconstituted or renegotiated through inter-disciplinary encounters? 
  • What old disciplinary coalitions are fading, which are enduring, and where are new inter-disciplinary engagements taking place?
  • What does this mean for the future of medical anthropology or for our understanding of ‘medical anthropology’ itself? 

All topics are welcome. For the purpose of organizing parallel working groups, contributors will be asked to specify types of disciplinary engagements in their keywords, which can include, for example:

  • Medical anthropology and the visual, the digital and the virtual
  • Anthropology of health and social movements
  • Feminist, queer and marxist medical anthropology
  • Medical anthropology interacting with other disciplines outside anthropology, such as philosophy, history and geography
  • Political, economic and/or legal medical anthropology
  • Evolutionary and linguistic approaches to medical anthropology
  • Medical anthropology and migration studies
  • Any others …  


Three kinds of contributions to the conference are solicited:

  1. Reviews that discuss inter-disciplinary encounters.
  2. Original research papers that demonstrate intersection with other (sub-)disciplines.
  3. Research proposals that position medical anthropology in theoretical and methodological conversation with other (sub-)disciplines.   

We invite you to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words at this link by February 20th, 2020. After the notification of acceptance, you will be asked to submit a paper of no more than 4,000 words by May 5th, 2020, for discussion in a working group. 


Deadline for Abstract Submission: February 20th, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 1st, 2020
Deadline for Paper Submission: May 5th, 2020


Working group sessions will be organized based on inter-disciplinary engagement rather than topically, giving each group sufficient time to present and discuss each other’s work, decide together their guiding questions and discussions, and draft a summary to be presented at the closing plenary. Participants will be asked to circulate papers among their group members prior to the meeting. More information on workshops, keynotes and events will follow in due time. 

**To enjoy the summer sun, we will organize a picnic lunch at the nearby Perle du Lac Park and the conference will be followed by a hike/day trip on Saturday June 20th**

Registration fee

As with previous meetings, there will be a registration fee of 20 Euros to contribute towards the costs of coffee breaks and lunch. We kindly ask you to pay the fee in cash upon arrival. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Geneva!

MAYS Coordinators (

Anthony Rizk, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute Geneva

Francesca Cancelliere, Institute of Social Science, University of Lisbon