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суббота, 14 марта 2009 г.


From: Iris Borowy iris.borowy@uni-rostock.de

Call for Papers

Network of Health of the European Social Science History Association Conference (ESSHC), at Ghent, Belgium, 13 - 16 April 2010.

Proposals are invited for panels or individual papers of any subject dealing with the social history of health. While individual papers are welcome, panels consisting of three or - preferably - four contributors and one chair and discussant (who can be the same person) have a higher chance of being accepted. We particularly encourage panels organised around a central theme with papers covering different perspectives on this theme, especially those with comparative approach, bringing together contributions on different regions and / or time periods. Panel participants should come from different institutes and preferably from different countries. We reserve the right to re-arrange panels and contributors as appears necessary in view of the incoming applications.

Suggestions are particularly encouraged on the topics listed below. But proposals on other topics are very welcome as well.

1. Global Health - Possible sub-themes: travels of disease; the ecological imperialism revisited; globalisation; plague, cholera, Aids, SARS .

2. Temporary health issues: the emergence and disappearance of perceived medical topics.

3. Occupational Health - including injuries, insurance, long-term health hazards .

4. Health as Commodity - Themes: developments of the market for medication, health foods and other health products; interaction between physicians, scientists and businessmen

5. Health in numbers - presenting ways of interpreting historical health data, either as case studies or from a theoretical point of view.

6. Nutrition as Health Factor - how has it interacted with cultural, economic and ideological aspects?

7. Health and warfare - how has health interacted with the - historically common - situation of warfare (war injuries, blockades, bacteriological warfare.)?

8. Health and normality - how have common conceptions changed about healthy, normal, sub-normal or pathological conditions?

9. Health in non-Western societies - addressing themes of health and medicine in societies outside of Europe and non-indigenous North America and Australia.

10. History of health as interdisciplinary project - room for overlap and cooperation with medicine, biology, economics, political science .

Panel chairs can also act as discussants. Discussants have an important role in stimulating discussions, which should take up a substantial part of the panel time. They can identify central issues of the papers, point of similarities and differences, raise individual or general questions or otherwise broaden the perspective on the overall themes of the panels

The deadline is May 1, 2009.

Visit http://www.iisg.nl/esshc for:

a.. General information on the biannual conferences

b.. The organising institution

c.. Registration (including paper proposal procedures)

For questions, suggestions etc., please write to: Enrique Perdiguero-Gil: quique@umh.es and/or Iris Borowy: iris.borowy@uni-rostock.de

list of contacts to subject networks by topic

понедельник, 9 марта 2009 г.

livelihoods and social networks in Gruzia

The Georgia IDP Project:
"post"-conflict IDP livelihoods and social networks Research Project Goals by Beth Mitchneck

Recent reports estimate the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide to be 26 million. IDP populations often live in the poorest areas, with little access to food, appropriate shelter, or employment opportunities. As a consequence, the development of coping mechanisms and strategies for the accumulation of resources for livelihood become very important. Over the past twenty years, a number of intergovernmental, international humanitarian aid organizations and a large variety of other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have worked with governments and local populations to manage the IDP situation and to help provide necessary emergency relief and resettlement assistance. But in spite of the mobilization of resources and assistance, IDPs remain displaced for long periods of time.

Our study explores the case of forced migration in Georgia, a country between Russia, Turkey, and two other Caucasian countries, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Because of the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the recent non-violent Rose Revolution resulting in political regime change, and a series of violent conflicts resulting in IDPs, the entire population of Georgia has experienced significant social and economic displacement but only a portion has experienced territorial displacement.

A series of civil wars beginning in the early 1990s, two in Abkhazia, a Georgian region along the Russian border, and another in South Ossetia, created an estimated 260,000 IDPs. The Russian civil war in Chechnya generated an additional inflow of roughly 4,000 refugees into Pankisi Gorge, just south of the Russian border in Georgia. After more than a decade, neither the Abkhaz or South Ossetian conflict situation has reached a stable resolution. The Russo-Georgian war in August 2008 created another flow of new IDPs into the Georgian system.

This multi-disciplinary research project has three overarching research goals: * to analyze how forced migrants in "post"-conflict situations, and IDPs in particular, use social networks in the construction of livelihood strategies (means of accumulating resources for human security, both material and non-material, and financial and in-kind);

* to analyze the extent to which those strategies and networks result directly or indirectly from interactions between IDPs and governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in "post"-conflict management;

* to analyze the extent to which in "post"-conflict situations there are differences across gender and dwelling type as well the local and the IDP populations in the ways that they construct livelihood strategies and social networks

среда, 4 марта 2009 г.

initiative sex work

Dear All,

I am writing to announce the establishment of a new research and communications consortium on sex work – the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (PLRI).

The founding partners are the Institute of Development Studies, the Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation, the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine of Monash University Medical School and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.

The idea for the PLRI arose among activists, policy advocates and academics who were frustrated by the quality of information on sex work available. Although there are many excellent books, essays and studies about sex work - including several by sex workers - a great deal of scholarship on sex work is misguided and unethically produced. Sex workers frequently complain that much of what is written about them reflects prejudices and myths rather than the reality of their lives. Advocates of rights based policy and programmes also complain about the lack of quality research to provide evidence to guide their work.

The PLRI aims to address these issues by gathering together institutions and people to review existing research and policy on sex work, conduct rigorous multi-disciplinary research and strategically communicate findings. Sex worker involvement will be central to the work of the PLRI.

The attached letter provides more details about our plans.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list please do get in touch with me on plri@ids.ac.uk.

In solidarity,

Kate Hawkins

Kate Hawkins

Communications Officer, Health and Social Change

Institute of Development Studies

Tel: +44 (01273) 875678