“Politics of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Global South” (CFP, Workshop, London, 2–3 October 2015)

Call for Papers Workshop on the Politics of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Global South, King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London, 2 and 3 October 2015 Over the last ten years, there has been mounting alarm about the growing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) epidemic in the global South and the health and economic burden Read the full article…

Persisting Selves: the practices and politics of keeping going and carrying on (CfP, Geography Conference, Edinburgh, June 2015)

Persisting Selves: the practices and politics of keeping going and carrying on 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies Edinburgh 10th-12th June 2015 What does it mean to ‘persist’, to carry on, to go beyond? What are the barriers through which bodies and selves begin to persist – e.g., through tiredness or hardship; when Read the full article…

Rest, Lassitude, Inertia & Lack of Agency: Panels for AAG conference (CFP, Chicago, 21-25 April 2015)

CFP: Rest, Lassitude, Inertia and Lack of Agency American Association of Geographers (AAG) 2015 CFP, Chicago IL 21st – 25th April 2015   Convenors: Dr Felicity Callard (Durham) and Dr Jennifer Laws (Durham)   What is the status in geography and proximate disciplines of bodily and mental states that depart from, counter, or fall away from the resolutely active, Read the full article…

The Cultural History of Exhaustion – Review

This review of the Exhaustion conference appeared on the fantastic Sleep Cultures blog: “On 25 October 2013, the University of Kent hosted a one-day interdisciplinary conference on exhaustion, organized by Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, Kent) and funded by the Wellcome Trust, that brought together scholars from the arts, medicine, sociology, psychology, literary studies and Read the full article…

Pain, Illness, Trauma and Death in Childhood (CfP, Conference, London, 1 February 2014)

The University of Greenwich, Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, with the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past and the London Network for the History of Children present: Pain, Illness, Trauma and Death in Childhood 1 February 2014 Maritime Greenwich Campus, London SE10 9LS Call for papers deadline 31 Dec Read the full article…

Exhaustion (One day workshop, University of Kent, Friday 25 October 2013)

Exhaustion Friday, 25 October, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury Funded by the Wellcome Trust Organised by Anna Katharina Schaffner This interdisciplinary conference explores different medical, psychological and socio-political narratives on the origins of and cures for exhaustion. Experts from diverse disciplines (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists, occupational health specialists, literary scholars and filmmakers) will talk about different Read the full article…

Translating Happiness: Medicine, Culture & Social Progress (CFP, Special Issue, Health, Culture & Society)

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Health, Culture and Society: Translating Happiness: Medicine, Culture and Social Progress This year the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) proclaimed March 20th the International Day of Happiness. This day is premised on international recognition of the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal, and Read the full article…

Diagnosis and disputation: “archiving” DSM–5

Diagnosis and disputation: “archiving” DSM–5 I have spent the last few months gorging on DSM–5 media discussions. (All too often I have felt as though I have been ingesting too many empty, sugar-spiked calories.) I had promised myself, then, that I would start a DSM–5 free diet on June 6, 2013, the day after my participation Read the full article…

Drinking Dilemmas: Space, Culture & Identity (CFP, Conference, Cardiff, 12–13 December 2013)

Drinking Dilemmas: Space, Culture & Identity Keynote Speakers:   Prof. Gill Valentine (University of Sheffield)  Dr. Mark Jayne (University of Manchester)  Prof. Robert Hollands (Newcastle University) Call for Papers Despite recent advances, academic studies of alcohol still frequently struggle to reconcile the individual, social and cultural pleasures and benefits of drinking and drunkenness Read the full article…