List members who have previously attended CRASSH Health and Welfare Group
(events (and others) may be interested in presenting their work at our annual
symposium. Would be great to have some intellectual disability-focused
CALL FOR PAPERS
Health and Welfare Research Group Annual Symposium
Thursday 18th June 2009
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge
This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together researchers working on
diverse aspects of health and welfare. The one-day workshop is designed to
showcase on-going research by postgraduates and post-doctoral researchers
in order to promote academic exchange and future collaboration.
The Health and Welfare Research Group is a graduate-faculty research group
at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
(CRASSH). From an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, the group
studies the construction and conceptualisation of human and social well-being
in diverse historical periods and geographical areas. The Group also considers
the impact of these ideas on the contemporary practice of healthcare and the
implementation of welfare policy.
The Symposium will focus on the three themes which are explored in the
Health and Welfare programme of reading groups and seminars for 2008-9.
These are: dead bodies and transplanted tissues; medicine, law and deviant
behaviour; and care and vulnerability. Some questions that we hope that
papers will address at the Symposium include:
How is death defined, experienced and understood?
To what extent has the body been commodified and medicalised in
How has ‘abnormal’ and ‘anti-social’ behaviour been conceptualised in diverse
chronological and geographical contexts?
What are the legal, political, social and ethical implications of psychiatric,
neurological and genetic research and treatment?
What is care?
How are concepts of vulnerability and ‘dependency’ constructed and
We welcome proposals for papers or posters from researchers from any
disciplinary background that address one or more aspect of these themes.
Please send a title, short abstract, and details of institutional affiliation to
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For further details of the Group, see
Co-convenor - CRASSH Health and Welfare Group
PhD Student - Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Group
University of Cambridge