Health: At the Interface
11th Global Conference
Monday 14th March – Wednesday 16th March 2016
Te whenua, te whenua
Te oranga o te iwi
From the land, the land
comes the wellbeing of the people
Call for Presentations
Perhaps one of the great contradictions in society is that we value good health, yet often commit ourselves to extreme positions and behaviours that compromise our long-term health goals. In pursuing busy, active lives, regardless of personal cost, we allow ourselves to become distracted and distanced from the demands and stresses of painful and tired bodies. We exist in societies where medical care is often inadequate to meet the needs of the population, and where government policies around issues such as environmental pollution, labour laws and even food labelling actually endanger our good health.
Whether health is regarded as a value in itself, or an instrument to greater human productivity, the tendency to ignore, conceal or minimise painful truths concerning threats to human health presents a complex problem in need of inter-disciplinary responses. The Health Project aims to provide a platform for examining and exploring issues surrounding the ways people experience health issues directly and indirectly, on a personal or professional basis. The impact of health, its presence and its absence, and how human beings regard and engage with it is complex and multi-layered.
Therefore, the project invites individuals and groups from all backgrounds, disciplines, professions, and vocations to come together in dialogical partnerships to explore the essential characteristics of this question and engage in activities that enhance current understanding, generate new ways of looking at ‘health’ and inform future policies, practice, and caring.
We encourage presentations to include auto-ethnographical and experiential accounts, case studies, papers, performance pieces, reports, and works of art, works-in-progress, and workshops. Practitioners working in medical fields, NGO representatives working in health-related areas, legal experts and civil servants working in the area of health policy, artists who engage with health issues in their work, clergy and life coaches who offer counselling in health-related issues and individuals with an interest in health issues are invited to propose presentations on topics that might include (but are not limited to) the following themes:
Health and Healing in Practice
~ Health theory and practice;
~ Changing perceptions and preoccupations with ‘health’ in human history;
~ Language and health;
~ Sustainable approaches to health;
~ Alternative medicine;
~ The placebo effect and health;
~ Being a health professional;
~ Responses to health issues by clergy, counsellors and others outside the medical field;
~ The Arts and good health: storytelling and creativity as mode of therapy, health benefits of music, etc.;
~ Impact of humour on health and well-being;
~ Health and sport
Experiencing Health Issues
~ Patient/consumer/client experiences with illness, health care professionals and the system;
~ Narratives of health in the wake of difficult life events;
~ Health provisions that position the client at the centre of care;
~ (Un)Healthy lifestyles and public responses to them
~ Health and personal liberty
~ Health consumerism: ‘fashionable’ treatment versus ‘necessary’ treatment
Health and Society
~ Health, human rights, and social justice;
~ Health and politics;
~ Health tourism;
~ Health and public policy;
~ Economics of Health: industries around health products, Big Pharma, costing healthcare, funding research,
~ Health and poverty;
~ Health and the environment (including climate change, pollution, fracking, etc.)
~ Health and Indigenous communities
~ Health and equity (racial, gender, etc.);
~ Global threats to health (Ebola, SARS, etc.)
~ NGOs and charities working in areas related to health
~ Health and foreign policy/international relations
~ The arts as a platform for engaging with health as a concept and policies related to health (tv series that encourage weight loss, documentaries about environmental health hazards, literature/theatre/film that dealt with political responses to AIDS in the 1980s, etc.)
For further details and information please visit the project web site:
Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Health project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Happiness and another project on Fairy Tales. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.
What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 2nd October 2015.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.
You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 16th October 2015.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 5th February 2016.
Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Health Abstract Submission
Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs:
This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
It is anticipated that a number of publishing options will arise from the work of the project generally and from the meeting of the Health stream in particular. Minimally there will be a digital eBook resulting from the conference meeting. Other options, some of which might include digital publications, paperbacks and a journal will be explored during and after the meeting itself.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.