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7-9 June 2018
Sydney, Australia


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During a conference in 2000, a number of participants realized they shared a common interest, approach and concern about Sickness and Health in the 21st Century. From this initial encounter and subsequent discussions the concept for an International Conference dealing with the critical scholarship of power, practice and ethics in health care was born. From a handful of like-minded individuals, and via two international conferences, the community has grown to now include hundreds.

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ISIH 7th International Conference:

Technologies, bodies and health care

7-9 June 2018
Sydney, Australia 

The University of Tasmania, Sydney Campus (Rozelle)

Critical studies in health are concerned with problematizing a wide range of issues, from analyses of everyday encounters, to analyses of government and society. Common for critical analyses is an effort to identify and explain oppressive power relations and articulate potential strategies affording resistance or social change.

The aim of this conference is to open critical discussions on the effects of intensification of technologies at the interfaces between the social and material body in health and illness. In keeping with its core purpose, the 7th International ISIH Conference addresses issues of technologies, bodies and health care, providing a forum for researchers, clinicians and students interested in critical, ethical, philosophical and political approaches to health.

Conference themes focus on, but are not confined to, the following topics:

  • Technologies: health promotion, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, monitoring and communication
  •  Intensification of governmentality and its processes
  • Space and place of health production
  • Citizenship and ‘democratisation’ of health research and services
  • Neoliberalism, neo-conservatism and social injustice
  • Dominance and race, gender, sexuality or other structural categories of difference
  • Art, humanities and health
  • Ethics in health care in the 21st century
  • Posthuman conceptions of health and illness
  • Ideologies of risk
  • Points of resistance