Inaugural Medical Humanities Conference, hosted by Chancellor College, University of Malawi

Conference under development, more details to follow…

The Malawi Medical Humanities Network is pleased to announce a forthcoming inaugural conference tentatively titled “Medical Humanities in an African Context”, which will be hosted by Chancellor College, University of Malawi on 23-25 August 2017. Please check back with us for updates and a CFP in upcoming weeks.

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POST – DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in the Medical Humanities at WITS INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (WiSER) University of the Witwatersrand

Re-considering lung disease in South Africa : the politics of data and materiality in a century of mine silicosis.

In the present, and through our modern history, lung disease has been one of the key sites of politics in modern South Africa. This political importance is reflected in the richness of the science, the archives and the data associated with silicosis in particular. For over a century the distinctive evidence produced by the gold mines made the South African science of silicosis globally authoritative in occupational health and the legal field of industrial compensation. The material evidence produced by the mines — including the Pathaut database which covers deceased ex-miners back to 1953, the statistics on compensation, diagnosis, and the published research papers by the mine doctors and engineers — may be the largest and most systematic body of health information on the planet. It is certainly unique in South Africa as an archive of health surveillance data. The paradox of the richness of this evidence and the ongoing severity of the disease raises several key questions in contemporary debates about the politics of knowledge across several disciplines. These include three major problems, amongst many:

1. Does systematic surveillance produce strong health benefits? If so, how and under what institutional and political circumstances?

2. What is the relationship, over the long term, between the epidemiology of tuberculosis and mine-produced silicosis?

3. What can we learn from a descriptive study of dust measurements, devices, and dust engineering about the causes and remedies of lung disease?

4. How did these dynamics of surveillance, treatment and compensation play out regionally, and across the political and administrative boundaries in southern Africa?

The Medical Humanities project at WISER calls for proposals for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship engaging with these or closely related problems. The appointed candidate would be responsible for assembling a large digital repository of existing archival series, and for the supervision of Masters and Honours students on related projects.

WiSER has over the last ten years established itself as the leading South African interdisciplinary research institute in the Humanities and Social Sciences, promoting local and international debate on the complexities of change in South Africa and Africa, understood from comparative and global perspectives. A strong commitment to doctoral training and supervision is a critical part of WISER’s mission. Funding from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation has enabled us to continue our long-standing doctoral fellowship programme. For more information about our staff and research themes see http://wiser.wits.ac.za.

This is a full-time programme and is not compatible with other employment. Fellows will work within the Institute, and be expected to work closely with research staff, and to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute. Fellows will receive funding for two years; the package for the first year will be R250 000 and include funds for research expenses and a living allowance. Some assistance with conference funding may also be available.

To apply, please submit the following:

1. A detailed covering letter explaining clearly and carefully your interest in this project specifically.
2. A recent publication or piece of written work, drawing on your past research.
3. A detailed and up to date CV, which shows clearly your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and component courses of study.
4. Names and contact details (including email addresses) of three academic referees.
5. Certified copies of degrees , diplomas and course records.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide

Applications should be sent by email to Ms. Najibha Deshmukh at Najibha.Deshmukh@wits.ac.za

Closing date for applications: 1 August 2017

CFP: Health Education and Migration journal submissions – deadline 1 October 2017

Guest editors:  Felicity Thomas, University of Exeter Medical School, UK, Elaine Chase, UCL Institute of Education, UK and Peter Aggleton, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Health Education Journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the journal on the topic of Health Education and Migration.

Research on health and migration has tended to focus on the barriers migrants face in accessing healthcare, and the poor health outcomes that often result from this. Within this field, programmes of health education are viewed as important mechanisms for facilitating migrant integration, and for enabling migrants to achieve the health literacy required to access appropriate healthcare and support.

However, migrants are not ‘empty vessels’ to be filled by Western expertise, but have their own beliefs, understandings and values, as well as their own forms of health literacy. Attempts to educate about health without fully recognising the existence of these perspectives will remain limited, and risk reinforcing homogenising and deficits-based frameworks for responding to the health care needs of diverse migrant groups.

Engaging with these concerns, this special issue invites papers that consider a full range of experiences of migrants as they engage with diverse forms of health education. Papers may focus on the experiences of different migrants groups as well as issues, policies and programmes that influence health education and health literacy among migrant populations.  Papers are likely to engage with:

  • Health education needs of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees
  • Health education policies and programmes for migrant groups
  • Conceptualisations of ‘health literacy’ in different cultural contexts
  • The role of the health sector in addressing migrants needs
  • The role of schools, households, communities, transnational actors and networks in promoting health education and health literacy for migrant groups

Instructions for Submissions

The deadline for submission is 1 October 2017. Manuscripts should follow Health Education Journal‘s formatting guidelines, which are available on the journal homepage under Submit Paper http://journals.sagepub.com/home/hej/  Paper must not exceed 6,000 words in length, including references, figures and tables

If you would like to discuss your paper informally with one of the special issue editors, please contact either Felicity Thomas (f.thomas@exeter.ac.uk) or Elaine Chase (e.chase@ucl.ac.uk) in advance.

Please submit your paper through our online submission and review site. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/asi/journal/health-education-journal#submission-guidelines

Please mark your paper clearly for consideration for inclusion in the Health Education and Migration special issue. All papers submitted will undergo the standard peer review process.

General enquiries about the journal can be emailed to the editor-in-chief, Peter Aggleton (p.aggleton@unsw.edu.au) or the journal administrator, Fiona Thirlwell (healtheducationjournal@gmail.com)

For international delegates: Helpful tips as you plan your journey to Malawi…

Dear all,

As you look into planning your trip to Malawi, please visit the Malawi tourism website…. http://www.malawitourism.com/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=77

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at malawimedhumsnetwork@gmail.com or call our conference phone at either +265 99377 3521 or  +265 88601 0701.

Hotel and Accommodation in Zomba

Dear delegates,

We have compiled a list of lodging for you to consider during your stay in Zomba and a few suggestions if you intend to stay a little longer.


Sunbird Ku Chawe

The luxurious Ku Chawe Inn is a 45minute drive from Chancellor College on the Zomba Plateau. It is within 15km of the Mandela Falls and William Falls, and 15.9 km away from the historical Chingwe’s Hole. Ku Chawe has a gourmet restaurant, bar/lounge, 24 hour room service; including free continental breakfast, WiFi in public areas. All 37 rooms have fireplaces, Internet access, mini-bars, and coffee makers.

Price: Superior $150 and Deluxe $168/per night

Email: kuchawe@sunbirdmalawi.com

Website: www.sunbirdmalawi.com

Tel: 265 1 514 211

Casa Rossa

Casa Rossa is a twenty-five minute drive from Chancellor College. The Lodge is a bed and break that offers a rich Italian menu and Bar-Cafeteria. For guests who would like to experience the beauty of Zomba on a reasonable budget, Casa Rosa’s Veranda allows for spectacular views over the plain up to Mount Mulanje. There is reliable Internet that guests can pay for at the bar.

Price: $70 Dollars/per night.


Tel: +265(0)881366126 or +265(0)991184211.

Annie’s Lodge Zomba

Annie’s Lodge is conveniently located in the heart of Zomba, at the foot of the evergreen plateau. It is a ten-minute drive to Chancellor College, and about a thirty-minute walk. The Lodge is next to the Old Parliament building and next to the Botanical Gardens. The accommodation is comfortable and affordable: offering self-catering suites, all ensuite rooms, “executives rooms” and “standard” lodging. All rooms have access to television, telephone and Internet access.

Prices: $40 single, $50 double, Executive Single $60 and Executive Double $70/ per night

Email: zomba@annieslodge.com

Website: www.annieslodge.com

Tel: +265 888 864 872 or +265 999 957 608


T&D Guest Lodge

T&D Guest Lodge is a convenient five-minute walk from Chancellor College. The Lodge is opposite the college’s clinical facility. The accommodation is comfortable: offering ensuite rooms and air-conditioning. In addition, there is a fully stocked-up bar; and decently priced restaurant.

Price: From $35-$44/per night

Contact: +265 999 507 079 or +265 0888 709 159 or +254 528 776

A Working Vacation?

Here are some sites to see after the conference…

Liwonde National Park

The Liwonde National Park is perhaps the most popular of all the parks in Malawi, and it is about an hours drive from Zomba. The park boasts game viewing along the River Shire on its Western border. Wildlife includes elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. In addition Antelopes include kudu, sable and bushbuck; leopards, hyenas and lions can sometimes be spotted, as well as the Black rhino. For those who love to bird watch, there is an exceptional variation of our feathered friends. Accommodation is decent for those who would like to stay the night in the Mvuu Lodge and it is also close to the Mvuu campsite.

Price: From $230

Tel: +265 771 153

Website: http://www.cawsmw.com/index.php/lodges/mvuu-camp/

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the pride and joy of the country. The Mangochi Lakeshore is about a two-hour drive north of Zomba. It includes the greatest concentration of lodges and hotels in the Southern lakeshore between Mangochi and Monkey Bay. The accommodation is suited to taste: some include sophisticated gold course, private beaches and airstrip to more simple intimate accommodation. http://www.malawitourism.com/pages/lodges/

Mulanje Mountain Hike

Mulanje Mountain offers some of Malawi’s most breathtaking views. The mountain is about a two-hour and thirty minutes drive South of Zomba, and has many fascinating myths and spiritual beliefs that are associated with it. These stories, for the most part, remain part of the local narrative. There are nine huts on the mountain owned by the Forestry Department and maintained by the Mulanje Mountain Conversation Trust. For more information: http://www.mcm.org.mw/

Game Haven Lodge

Located in Bvumbwe, 70km south of Zomba, Game Haven offers a quiet and peaceful opportunity observe local game including impala and giraffes and also has a golf course amongst the animals. http://www.gamehavenmw.com/

Getting to Chancellor College in Zomba, Malawi

Dear delegates,

As the deadline approaches [extended to Friday 29 April], we would like to provide you with information to help you plan your journey to attend the conference in Zomba on 24-25 August 2017.

Delegates from Malawi

The conference will be hosted at the Great Hall at Chancellor College, University of Malawi. Chancellor College is located in Zomba, the old capital city of Malawi. It is about 2kms from Zomba’s main trading centre at a location called Chirunga.

From Blantyre – Take the M3 Blantyre to Zomba Road

From Lilongwe – Take the M1 Lilongwe to Zomba

We will soon offer a scheme for Malawian delegates with accepted papers to provide fuel and accommodation vouchers from Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre. We will encourage applicants to organise group trips within your respective institutions to maximize efficiency.

Arriving in Malawi

Malawian Airlines (which is operated by Ethiopian airlines) offers direct regional flights from Lusaka, Harare, Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Zanzibar.

Connecting flights into Malawi can be made from Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Johannesburg via Ethiopian, Kenyan and South African airlines.

Malawi’s two international airports are Lilongwe Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) and Blantyre Chileka International Airport (BLZ). The conference will provide vehicles to greet attendees at either airport on 23 August 2017 and will transport passengers on 26 August 2017; however, you must submit your travel itinerary to the conference organizers at malawimedhumsnetwork@gmail.com.

Visas for delegates from Southern Africa

Nationals from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries and from the following countries, do not need a visa to enter Malawi.

1.Antigua And Barbuda 2. Bahamas 3. Barbados 4. Belize 5. Botswana 6. Dominica 7. Fiji 8. Gambia 9. Grenada 10. Hong Kong, China 11. Israel 12. Jamaica 13. Kenya 14. Kiribati 15. Lesotho 16. Malaysia 17. Mauritius 18. Mozambique 19. Namibia 20. Nauru 21. Northern Ireland 22. Samoa (Western) 23. Seychelles 24. South Africa 25. St. Kitts Nevis 26. St. Lucia 27. St. Vincent And The Grenadines 28. Swaziland 29. Tanzania 30. Trinidad And Tobago 31. Tuvalu 32. Uganda 33. Zambia 34. Zimbabwe

Nationals from other African nations should verify their visa status prior to booking tickets. The Malawi government requires visas obtained prior to arrival for some nations. Please check the following list to verify if you need a visa prior to arrival.

Visas for International Delegates

In 2015, Malawi introduced a reciprocity visa scheme. This means visitors from certain countries must obtain a visa to visit Malawi. However, this visa can be purchased at the port of entry (Blantyre or Chileka airports) for most nations. A full list is available on the Malawi government’s immigration page.

The fee for entry is $75 USD per person. I would advise that you bring the correct amount in cash with notes printed after 2005.

For more on Malawi Visas and Permits visit: http://www.immigration.gov.mw 



International Medical Humanities Call for Papers

CFP: Medical Humanities in an African Context

Hosted by Chancellor College University of Malawi, 24 & 25 August 2017

Chancellor College is pleased to announce a 2-day international medical humanities conference to be held at the college’s Great Hall in Zomba, on 24th & 25th August 2017. In Europe and North America, medical humanities is understood as an emerging discipline which explores the social, historical and cultural dimensions of medicine. This conference offers a formal space to further our understanding of how illness, wellbeing, medicine & treatment intersect with the arts and humanities and to encourage discussions about what these concepts mean in an African context. It provides a highly interdisciplinary platform for a diversity of perspectives and inquiries into African concepts of health and wellbeing. Malawi’s own scholars–the late Professors Steve Chimombo and Chris Kamlongera–were pioneers in bringing the arts into conversation with health, community and development. We aspire to showcase the vibrant, contemporary medical humanities research within Malawi and throughout the African continent.

We invite 20-minute papers on the following subjects including, but not limited to:

  • The history of medicine and healthcare
  • Medical ethics
  • Medical anthropology
  • Literature, poetry and medicine
  • Visual and performed arts and the body
  • Representations of illness and treatment
  • Communication in health care
  • Religious/spiritual perspectives on health
  • Sociology of medicine
  • The caregiver/patient relationship
  • Healthcare architecture and design
  • Disability studies
  • Medicine and the law
  • Globalisation and healthcare practices

Please send an abstract (approximately 300 words) and short biographical note to the conference organisers by no later than Friday 21 April 2017. Proposals and all enquiries should be addressed to the Proposal Review Committee at malawimedhumsnetwork@gmail.com.

Conference details and updates will be posted to https://malawimedhumsnetwork.wordpress.com.

This conference is hosted by the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities at Chancellor College University of Malawi with funding from the Wellcome Trust and collaborators at University College London and the University of Edinburgh’s Centre of African Studies.