Call for Submissions: 2017 SMSA Graduate Paper Prize

Due Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

The Science and Medicine in South Asia (SMSA) interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology is pleased to welcome submissions for the 2017 SMSA Graduate Student Paper Prize. This will be the inaugural year for what will be an annual graduate paper prize awarded for a paper that offers an innovative approach to issues related to science and medicine in South Asia.

As an example, papers might address any of the following issues:
1. Contemporary developments in science and medicine in South Asia: What makes the situated and oftentimes rapid changes in these fields both exceptional and mundane?
2. Scalability and modularity of scientific & medical practice in South Asia: how are certain forms and interventions rendered generalizable and replicable in light of economic, ethical and political demands?
3. Multiplicity of science & medicine in South Asia: How do we know what is science, what is medicine, and what is not? What are the ethics and politics of such distinctions? What are the relationships between institutionalized and non-institutional forms of therapeutic practice? Are there distinctively South Asian forms of science & medicine, and how might they relate to both global and local epistemological regimes – for example, in the calls made for global public and mental health?
4. What forms of ethical concerns and debates are crystallizing around questions of science and medicine in South Asia, from controversies around organ transfer, stem cell science and patent law, to IVF, surrogacy and clinical trials?
5. Science, medicine & law: What are the ways in which legal reasoning comes to shape scientific and medical practice, and vice-versa?
6. Science, medicine & security: How are threats concerning the spread of infectious disease, and in particular, emerging zoonotic conditions, figured in relation to ideas of the population and the state?
7. How do various peoples and communities – understood along lines of caste, class, religion, race, ethnicity, region, gender, sexuality and bodily difference – access and relate to various forms of science and medicine in South Asia?

Submission rules:
• The word count should be 6,000-8,000
• All author(s) must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of submission
• The paper can be under review at the time of submission, but it cannot be at the revise and resubmit stage, in press or digitally published (with print publication pending).
• To enable a blind review process, the submission email should include two word documents: (1) a cover sheet with author name, affiliation(s) and acknowledgments, and (2) the paper (abstract included) with no identifying information listed.

The winner of the prize will be announced at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The winner will receive an award certificate, suggestions from the committee of judges on ways to prepare the article for publication, and a cash prize of $100 (or $75 in case of two winners).

Submissions should be emailed by Friday, June 2nd, 2017 to:
Nayantara Sheoran Appleton(nayantara.s.appleton@vuw.ac.nz)
And
Bharat Venkat (bvenkat@uoregon.edu)

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Virchow Awards 2016 announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the Virchow Awards, which was announced at the AAA 2016.

Maggie Acosta (Undergraduate winner – Bowdoin College) – “India’s Janani Suraksha Yojana: Global Transformations of a National Program and Dissipating the Right to Health.”
Thando Malambo (Graduate winner – Program Management Officer at International Development Research Center) –  “Worse than HIV”: The Political Economy of Cervical Screening in Swaziland.”
Katharine Mason (Professional winner – Brown University) – “H1N1 is Not a Chinese Virus: The Racialization of People and Viruses in Post-SARS China.”

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New SIG Alert: Research on U.S. Health and Healthcare (RUSH)

Research on U.S. Health and Healthcare (RUSH)
This proposed Special Interest Group would invite and encourage scholars from around the world to critically investigate U.S. health policy and practice. It would provide a space for anthropologists to engage with the urgent and growing national dialogue on health and healthcare disparities and a platform to interface with health authorities and policymakers.

We are proposing this Special Interest Group in Research on U.S. Health and Healthcare for scholars with interests in:
Health policy and administration (public and private)
Health insurance and insurers
The health workforce (inclusive of allied health professionals and clinical support staff)
Health professional education
The practice of nursing, pediatrics, primary care, hospitalist medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, among others
U.S. health activism
Migrant and refugee health in the U.S.
Environmental health
Race, class and gender in U.S. health and healthcare
LGBTQ health and healthcare
Bioethics
…and many other related issues

If you are interested in the group, please join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203164206805630/

Please feel free to contact me (shannon.satterwhite@ucsf.edu) with questions, ideas or if you are interested in helping to organize the group.

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CAGH Business Meeting, AAA 2016

An agenda for the AAA 2016 business meeting can be found here. Please contact Sara Lewis (slewis7@wellesley.edu) with any suggestions.

CAGH Business Meeting, AAA 2016

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A message from CAGH Chairs

 

Dear CAGH members,

Warm greetings, and we hope your academic years are off to a wonderful start. We have some CAGH updates and hope many of you will be able to join us at AAA. Here are some AAA-related announcements:

1. The SMA is co-sponsoring a “speed mentoring” event with the Society of Psychological Anthropology on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 between 7:45 PM and 10:00 PM. If you are interested in signing up to be a mentor or a mentee for this great event, you will need to register in advance. More information is available at:
http://www.medanthro.net/sma-spa-speed-mentoring-reception-at-aaa/

2. Please consider attending the SMA Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 18, 2016 between 7:45 PM and 9:00 PM. Of interest to our SIG of course, will be the Virchow Awards! The winners will be honored at this ceremony. A reception and cash bar will follow.

3. Finally, please join us for the CAGH business meeting on Saturday, Nov 19 from 12:15-1:30pm. As always, we ask that all members of the SIG (that’s you!!) come to this meeting, which is our annual time to reconnect and set our priorities for the year. Coming late or leaving early is completely fine if you have a competing event. Please contact us if there is anything you would like to add to the agenda.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or inspirations, as we are very much a member-led study (and action) group.

Warm wishes,

Sara Lewis and Peter Brown

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CAGH Take a Stand Participation Announcement

 The Critical Anthropology for Global Health (CAGH) special interest group is excited to announce a recent online publication. The publication is a Takes-a-stand statement on the contribution of anthropology to e/m-health and telemedicine.

The full statement is available here.

The statement is a working document produced by a group of CAGH members investigating our potential role in this important area of Public and Global Health. It follows an AAA panel we organized in 2013. Our intent is to encourage anthropologists to look into this rapidly evolving field.

At present, the CAGH is in the process of expanding this text into a full article. It invites members to:
1) Contribute new ideas and references not yet covered in the statement – which is a work in progress; 2) Provide mini-ethnographies (from 2-10 pages) of your own research or observations of e/mhealth that we may post on the CAGH website as examples of research in progress.

Please contact Tanja Ahlin  (T.Ahlin@uva.nl) with any inquiries.

In the news:
— reprinted in Institut Culturele Antropologie. Leiden: Itiwana, p. 28-29, 2015.
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2016 Rudolf Virchow Awards

Rudolf Virchow, a 19th century German physician, was a key founder of social medicine. His contributions centered on his recognition that multiple intersecting factors – social, political, and economic – produce disease and illness. He argued that the circumstances and deprivations of poverty increase people’s susceptibility to disease and result in reduced life expectancy and quality of life. He eloquently articulated the limits of medicine in the absence of material security, a sentiment which informed his view that nation-states play an important role in ensuring health security for a citizenry. Virchow viewed advocacy as an essential part of health praxis, and, in keeping with this legacy, the Critical Anthropology for Global Health (CAGH) Special Interest Group honors Virchow’s work with three awards.

The annual Rudolf Virchow Awards are given by the Critical Anthropology for Global Health Caucus, a special interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology. The Professional Award honors a recent published article, and the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Awards honor recent student papers that have not yet benefited from editorial review. Winning submissions combine a critical anthropology focus with rich ethnographic data, and best reflect, extend, and/or advance critical perspectives in medical anthropology.

Submissions
The submission deadline for the 2015 Rudolf Virchow Awards is July 1, 2016.
Awards are made in the following categories: 1) Professional, 2) Graduate Student and 3) Undergraduate Student (see below). We encourage you to submit your own work and/or to nominate papers of your students or articles of colleagues.
If you wish to submit a paper for consideration, please e-mail the paper and a cover letter of introduction to the Virchow Awards Chair, Dr. Alexa Dietrich, at virchowawards@gmail.com by July 1, 2016. Hard copies are no longer accepted. Confirmation of receipt will be sent. To ensure a prompt and fair review, papers will not be accepted after the July 1, 2016 11:59 pm PST deadline.

Professional Award Category
The professional award will be awarded for an article or chapter published during 2015 in a peer-reviewed journal (print or online) or peer-reviewed edited volume. Articles may be singly- or co-authored. Technical reports and other contracted works are not considered for this award. Professional articles must be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format as they appeared in print.

Graduate Award Category
The graduate student award will be awarded for a paper that was written in 2015 or 2016 and that has not yet been subjected to editorial review. Papers that have been submitted to a journal or edited volume, but that have not yet benefited from review may be included in this category. Theses and dissertations will not be accepted. However, a summary no longer than 30 pages double-spaced (inclusive of references) of a thesis or a dissertation that can stand on its own, or a chapter that has been revised to stand on its own will be considered for this award. Papers from students who have graduated are still accepted in this category as long as the paper was written in 2015 or 2016. Graduate student papers must be submitted in Adobe PDF or Word format with a title-only first page. File sizes must be less than 2MB. The document must exclude the author’s name, author’s advisor, and university affiliation throughout. The cover letter should include this information. Only papers, not interactive media, will be considered for this award.

Undergraduate Award Category
The undergraduate student award will be awarded for a paper written in 2015 or 2016 while the student was still an undergraduate. Honors theses are not accepted. However, a shortened version no longer than 30 pages double-spaced (inclusive of references) of the thesis or a chapter from the thesis that has been revised to stand on its own will be considered for this award. Undergraduate student papers must be submitted in Adobe PDF or Word format with a title-only first page. File sizes must be less than 2MB. The document must exclude the author’s name, author’s advisor, and university affiliation throughout. The cover letter should include this information. Only papers, not interactive media, will be considered for this award.

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CFP AAA 2016: Articulating Human rights and Reproductive Governance

CFP: 115th AAA Annual Meeting, “Evidence, Accident, Discovery”, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-20, 2016.

Articulating Human Rights and Reproductive Governance: Critical Engagements in Transnational Perspective

Discussant: Elise Andaya, University at Albany, Suny. Organizer: Mounia El Kotni (University at Albany, SUNY). Chair: Elyse Singer (Washington University in St. Louis)

Engaging with human rights is never accidental. In recent years the human rights framework has risen to dominance, becoming the political and moral idiom par excellence for a diverse array of international social struggles. In the arena of reproduction, Non-Governmental Organizations, indigenous peoples, religious groups and the State, among other actors, are increasingly invoking a human rights framework to alternatively constrain and expand women’s reproductive choices. In this process of vernacularization, the “appropriation and local adoption of global ideas” (Levitt and Merry 2009:446), social actors at the local level often bring to light new meanings of human rights.

Contestation in human rights activism around reproduction is captured in the concept of “reproductive governance”, which calls attention to the ways in which entities including the state, religious institutions, NGOs, and social movements “use legislative controls, economic inducements, moral injunctions, direct coercion, and ethical incitements to produce, monitor, and control reproductive behaviors and population practices” (Morgan and Roberts 2012: 243). Such mechanisms of control can take overt form, such as population control campaigns, or be enacted through more subtle modes of moralization of women’s reproductive choices in healthcare institutions.

Building on emergent cross-cultural research in the field of reproduction, we ask: How do human rights and reproductive governance articulate with one another? In the ever more contested field of reproductive rights, how do they reinforce or disrupt each other? In this panel we seek to examine processes of “reproductive governance” in cross-cultural perspective with regards to issues including but not limited to abortion, birth, obstetric violence, sterilization abuse, adoption, assisted reproduction, population control, and the outbreak of Zika virus. We are interested in how diverse entities (such as feminist groups, NGOs, the Church, the state, midwives and anti-abortion activists) engage with and invoke the human rights perspective towards different and sometimes contradictory ends in their manifold struggles around reproduction.

We invite paper submissions that address the following questions:

o How do different entities invoke the human rights perspective around reproduction to struggle for diverse aims with regards to reproduction?

o What are the subjective effects of the human rights perspective on reproduction among those for whom activists advocate?

o How does the vernacularization of reproductive rights take shape in local settings?

o What might a human rights perspective on reproduction elide or obscure?

o How are reproductive rights and reproductive governance being engaged in light of the emergent outbreak of Zika virus?

Please submit your 250- word abstract (as a Word Doc or PDF) to Mounia El Kotni (SUNY Albany), melkotni@albany.edu or Elyse Singer (Washington University in St. Louis) esinger@wustl.edu, by Thursday, March 17st 2016.


Elyse Singer
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Anthropology
Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Washington University, St. Louis

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A Letter from new CAGH Co-Chairs Sara Lewis and Peter Brown

Dear Critical Anthropology of Global Health (CAGH) members:

We hope your new year is off to a great start. This is a (fairly long) email to update you on new and ongoing initiatives happening within CAGH. As a volunteer-run special interest group we warmly invite all to participate in crafting a dynamic and energizing forum to bring together critical medical anthropology and global health.

We would first like to honor and say thank you to Rachel Chapman, who has served as the chair of CAGH for the past 3 years. Those who know Rachel will attest that she has dedicated tremendous energy to leading us, and we particularly wish to thank her for including and encouraging students and junior scholars to join CAGH’s leadership. Thank you, Rachel, for your generosity.

CAGH Communication

This year we will focus on enhancing communication both within our group, and in coordinated efforts to disseminate our activities to the wider med anth/global health community. We are especially interested in publicizing and featuring work in progress. To better help us enhance our communication, please answer this 1-question survey about how you would prefer to interact (listserv, facebook, twitter, etc.): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B7S9QBQ

 We have a newly established facebook group, which will serve as a more “public” space of engagement for those who are not members of SMA. The group will be managed by Hugo Puerto, but you are all encouraged to post interesting articles or updates on your own work. Please join here.

Over the next year we will work to feature a series of live stream videos about members’ projects and other news to build up a media library about CAGH. If you are interested in being featured (it will be very short!), please email Sara Lewis (slewis8@uoregon.edu). Advanced graduate students and junior scholars on the job market might especially consider this as a way to get the word out about your work!

 

CAGH meeting at SfAA

During the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) meeting in Vancouver, there will be a CAGH meeting on Thursday, March 31, 12-1:20, Arbutus Room.

 

End of AIDS

Richard Parker, Nora Kenworthy, and Matthew Thomann are co-chairing a new Takes a Stand initiative on the “End of AIDS.” Our aim is threefold: to bring a critical, anthropological voice to discourses surrounding the “end of AIDS” and declining funding for HIV/AIDS programs; to gather and disseminate key ethnographic evidence relating to the political and social contexts in which policies and discourses are being crafted and carried out; and to increase the voices of anthropologists in key debates surrounding the future of AIDS treatment and prevention programs. Please email Nora Kenworthy (njk8@uw.edu ) if you are interested in joining this effort or have research that relates to this issue.

 

Take a Stand on Global Health Education

The CAGH SIG is launching a Take a Stand initiative on global health education.  With the exponential growth of university-based global health training programs, critical anthropologists of global health have identified several trends that work against the goal of health equity.  This includes the treatment of patients in impoverished settings by visiting students and trainees as a means of gaining clinical experience. For this Take a Stand initiative, we intend to:
– ascertain current norms and guidelines governing the provision of clinical services by unqualified students and trainees
– build a database of anthropological literature that describes this phenomenon and its impacts
– create a policy statement that can be used to support existing efforts to prevent the instrumentalization of vulnerable populations for personal advancement
If you are interested in contributing to this initiative, please contact Pierre Minn: pierre.minn@umontreal.ca

 

Take a Stand on e/m-health and telemedicine

We are excited to announce a recent online publication from the Critical Anthropology of Global Health (CAGH) special interest group. The publication is a Takes-a-stand statement on the contribution of anthropology to e/m-health and telemedicine.

You can read it here: http://cagh.medanthro.net/?page_id=158

The statement is a working document produced by a group of CAGH members investigating our potential role in this important area of  Public and Global Health. It follows an AAA panel we organized in 2013. Our intent is to encourage anthropologists to look into this rapidly evolving field.

At present we are in the process of expanding this text into a full article. We would like to invite you to:

1)  contribute new ideas and references not yet covered in the statement – which is a work in progress;

2)  provide mini-ethnographies (from 2-10 pages) of your own research or observations of e/m-health that we may post on the CAGH  website as examples of research in progress.

To submit, or in case of having questions, please contact Tanja Ahlin at T.Ahlin@uva.nl

 

Member recognition

A very special thank you to Sarah Raskin for taking on the role as membership coordinator, and to Hugo Puerto for joining Amy Dao on website, social media and communications.

Thank you all, and please do not hesitate to get in touch!

 

Warmly,

Sara Lewis (slewis8@uoregon.edu)

Peter Brown (antpjb@emory.edu)

Co-chairs of CAGH

 

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Take a Stand on e-Health by Ahlin and Nichter is now available for comments

Check out the CAGH Take a Stand statement on e/m-Health and Telemedicine by Tanja Ahlin and Mark Nichter, here:

If link does not work, copy and paste url: http://cagh.medanthro.net/?page_id=158

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