CFP: 'Biosocial Medical Anthropology and Covid-19. Re-thinking concepts and methods in pandemic times' panel at the RAI Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology Conference

Dear Colleagues

We are inviting proposals for our panel ‘Biosocial Medical Anthropology and Covid-19. Re-thinking concepts and methods in pandemic times’ which will take place at the RAI’s Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology online conference 18th-21st January 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a biosocial phenomenon. Our panel reflects on how biosocial medical anthropology and related cross-disciplinary engagements might best align concepts, tools and methods that are responsive to these changing social and biological dynamics. Please find further details below

The deadline for proposed papers is 25th October 2021.

All proposals are made via the online platform accessible here https://www.therai.org.uk/conferences/mobilising-methods-in-medical-anthropology-2022/programme#10937

We very much look forward to receiving your proposals.

Best wishes

Sahra Gibbon and Carrie Ryan

P14 Biosocial Medical Anthropology and Covid-19. Re-thinking concepts and methods in pandemic times

Sahra Gibbon (UCL) and Carrie Ryan (UCL)

The Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a biosocial phenomenon that requires a much more meaningful alignment between the biological and social that can address, understand and intervene on these complex interactions and also develop appropriate interventions. This is apparent as much in the growing relevance of the Anthropocene in the emergence of the coronavirus and its likely zoonotic origin, as it is in the co-evolution of social lives and new variants. But it is also evident in how the pandemic (and effects to mitigate it )has unmasked and underlined the uneven embodied effects of social inequalities such as gender, race, income and age. Yet despite the emerging biosocial reality of the pandemic there are significant challenges in developing cross disciplinary dialogue, methods and research that can address and examine these dynamics.

In this panel we invite contributors to reflect on how biosocial medical anthropology and related cross-disciplinary engagements might better align specific concepts, tools, methods and methodological designs that are responsive to the lived changing social and biological realities of the pandemic. Papers might for example consider the following questions: What is the place of ethnography in pandemic focused biosocial research? How can evolutionary and ethnographic perspectives be aligned? How can archival and longitudinal data be better integrated into biosocial medical anthropology research on the pandemic? What are the potentials and pitfalls of translating knowledge and understanding across different disciplinary vernaculars?

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