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

1 February 2023.Submission deadline: 1 February 2023. All presentations at the conference will have a 30-minute window, including questions. Presentations will be reviewed by members of the Conference Scientific Committee and you will be notified of the outcome no later than 1 May 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 \\ 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 abstract
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.

There will be three types of presentations:

Individual Oral Presentation

One presentation of 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for dialogue.

Group Oral Presentation

Group of either three or four presentations exploring a common issue, with 60 or 80 minutes plus 30 or 40 minutes for dialogue.
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Poster Presentations

Poster will be given a specific time within the program, according to the number of accepted submissions.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

  • Abstracts must be submitted via the online submission tool by 31 October 2017
  • Submissions for group presentations should be done by the group coordinator (primary contact) on behalf of all authors.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than 15 December 2017
  • Successful applicants must confirm their acceptance by 15 February 2018


Abstract Submission Formats: