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Durham-Edinburgh Advanced Workshop for Anthropological Research on Health, Medicine, and Wellbeing

Since 2017, people from Durham and Edinburgh universities have come together to convene an advanced anthropology workshop for research on health, medicine and wellbeing. 

This year's event took place at Durham University on 1-2nd April 2019. It was hosted by the Anthropology of Health Research Group (Durham University) and the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology (University of Edinburgh), with support from the NINE DTP.

Durham Cathedral

DAY ONE

The first day of the workshop was dedicated to presentations by PhD researchers. These were split into the following sessiosn:

SESSION 1: MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION

  • Pia Noel (University of Edinburgh): Psychological education in post disaster Nepal—an expanding market?
  • Debbie Aitken (University of Cambridge): Generational differences in perceptions of medical student experiences of clinical attachments in surgery.
  • Véronique Griffith (Durham University/University of Edinburgh): The Adolescent and Endometriosis.

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SESSION 2: SUBJECTIVITIES IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS

  • Yi-Cheng Wu (Durham University): Unhealthy Others: Critical Reflections on Indigenous People’s Drinking Practice in Taiwan.
  • Fredrik Nyman (Durham University): A theatrical performance—but for whom? Formalities and informalities in support group meetings for people with chronic breathlessness.
  • Bethan Griffith (Newcastle University): Understanding social prescribing from a primary care perspective: an ethnographic approach.

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SESSION 3: HEALTH INSTITUTIONS AND INDUSTRIES

  • Michele Freed (Durham University): Third stage of labour management for low-risk women: an exploratory study of midwife-led care.
  • Emily Tupper (Durham University): Embodied aspects of ‘moving together’ in GoodGym/Cycling Without Age/Move Mates.
  • Alice-Amber Keegan (Durham University): The Postnatal Infant Care (PInC) Trial: Initial observations from fieldwork within a UK Birth Centre.

SESSION 4: PRE-FIELDWORK PLANS

  • Penny Laycock (Strathclyde University): Utilising Bourdieu’s philosophies when analysing class and alcoholism: A work in progress.
  • Ritti Soncco (University of Edinburgh): A Geography of Tolerance: The Unmaking of the Lyme Disease Epidemic in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Leah Eades (University of Edinburgh): A Tale of Two Biographies: Abortion Pills as Object or Process?

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After an enlightening day of presentations, participants were invited to attend a conference dinner at Lebaneat.

DAY TWO

SMALL GROUP PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSIONS

We began the second day by dividing into small thematic groups. Within each group, early-career postgraduate researchers (including master's and pre-fieldwork PhD students) were able to present their work in a friendly and supportive environment. The following students presented their work:

  • Amy Hawkin (Durham University): Family planning policies in Rwanda
  • Andrea Lambell (Durham University): Is ‘massage ethnography’ an effective and appropriate method of participant observation?
  • Tash Fothergill Misbah (Newcastle University): Diagnostic journeys of people with Parkinson’s disease in Kenya, sub-Saharan Africa
  • Meghana Vagwala (University of Edinburgh): Domestic Violence as a Community Health Problem: A South Indian Case Study 
  • Imogen Bevan (University of Edinburgh): Sugar, ‘health’ and social relatedness in Edinburgh
  • Wren Wilson (University of Edinburgh): Biosociality of HIV Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Elizabeth Lindemann (University of Edinburgh): Body Making in the Age of Instagram: How Cultivation of the Self Has Become a Market Commodity
  • Misheck Nkhata
  • Molly Westby 
  • Marie-Louise Wohrle

ROUNDTABLE ON INTERDISCIPLINARITY

In this session, scholars at different stages of their careers reflected on interdiscplinarity and what it means in the context of medical anthropology. Speakers include:

  • Dr Lucy Pickering (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Jed Stevenson (Durham University)
  • Danson Mwangi  (Durham University)

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WORKSHOP: IF INTERDISCIPLINARITY WAS AN ISLAND

For this activisty, participants were invited to envisions "interdisciplinarity" as if it were an island. This activisity provoked some interesting discussions and led to the production of a number of truly Tolken-esque maps that aimed to capture the landscape of early-career academia.

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