CFP Getting Better: Concepts of Recovery in Medicine and Society from 1900 to the Present – University of Warwick Tuesday 27 September

Getting Better: Concepts of Recovery in Medicine and Society from 1900 to the Present

Tuesday 27 September 2011
University of Warwick
Institute of Advanced Study, Seminar Room (F204)

This one-day workshop provides a forum for discussion on the medical and social contexts that have shaped and continue to shape our ideas of recovery. The event focuses on the changeableness of ideas of improvement. It provides an opportunity to explore how ideas of ‘geting better’ have been contested in modern society. In particular, it addresses the extent to which ideas of improved health have resulted from shifts in medical paradigms and treatments, differences in patient values and goals, divergent cultural perspectives, amongst other factors.

Questions for discussion might include:

  • Who decides what constitutes recovery?
  • What criteria are used to assess wellness? How have these changed over time?
  • Why have the terms used to describe recovery changed?
  • How far do notions of recovery depend upon cultural, medical or social contexts?
  • Where does the recovering patient belong between institutional medicine and the private sphere?
  • What impact do narratives of improvement have upon personal identity and belonging?

Postgraduates and early career researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Papers might focus either on methodologies and theory or provide case-studies relevant to the topic of recovery. Please ensure your research is presented accessibly for an interdisciplinary audience.

If you would like to present a 15-20 minute paper, please e-mail an abstract of 200-300 words to Stephen Soanes by Friday 19 August 2011.  To register for the workshop e-mail Stephen Soanes by Monday 29 August 2011. Lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided.

Download the Getting Better Call for Papers.

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