Health professionals educators, practitioners, researchers, and students, as well as cultural theorists, economists, geographers, historians, media scholars, philosophers and sociologists are invited to submit abstracts for the conference.

Submission deadline

31 March 2023 (exactly 1 year from the start of the conference proper).

All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Conference Scientific Committee and you will be notified of the outcome no later than 1 June 2023.

Review criteria

The reviewers will look for abstracts that:
1. Focus on contemporary health care and health professional issues
2. Have a strong focus on critical theory*
3. Are provocative
4. Present work that will appeal to a diverse audience
5. Connects to the conference theme of diagnosis \\ destruction \\ voice \\ assemblage

Abstract formats

This year we’ll be experimenting with two different kinds of abstract: formal and informal

Formal abstracts

The familiar, traditional format.
300 word limit, including title, your name and contact details, five key words, and the text of your abstract.
Use the template provided.
Ideal for presenting specific projects with a very clear scope.
Email your abstract to

Informal abstracts

A more relaxed format.
Submit a broad proposal for the area you would like to explore at the conference.
150 word limit, including title, your name and contact details, five key words and the text of your proposal.
Use the template provided.
Ideal for projects that are still developing (and may change between now and the conference), or where you would like to explore broader themes beyond the confines of a specific project.
Email your abstract to


*Critical theory here refers to a wide range of sociological and philosophical perspectives drawn particularly from critical sociology and continental philosophical traditions. Specifically here, it refers to an interest in social change, and concerns for government, social control, discipline and resistance; questions of the societal workings knowledge, power and truth manifesting in diverse ways throughout healthcare today; emancipation and political transformation especially around race, gender, queer and disability activism; post-modern, post-structural and post-human concerns for language, desire, transgression and the more-than-human.