Life of Breath: Inspire/Expire’s website is live!

On behalf of the SEAMHH symposium team: Prof Nolwazi Mkhwanazi | Dr Carla Tsampiras | Charlotte Visagie

We are opening the symposium today with a live panel from 13h00 to 14h30 (SAST). The panel is called Breathe and the speakers are Antonia Pont (Deakin University), Gcobani Qambela (University of Johannesburg), and Jess Auerbach (University of the North-West). Please click on the link below to register for this event.

https://wits-za.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtcumqrD4pEtblYkcrg8g2B-FPiWyOnw0I

Please feel free to share the attached poster with all your networks.

Thank you for being an integral part of this journey.

Capturing Chronic Illness Digital Photography Exhibition: Call for Submissions

We invite photographic submissions to a digital exhibition on the subject of chronic illness.
Donna McCormack & Ingrid Young, exhibition organisers, welcome works in progress as well as finished pieces. Submissions are not limited by style or subject. We invite submissions from people who are living with or have been affected by chronic illness and who want to share their work. We are particularly interested in photographs that challenge traditional imagery of chronic illness, and that engage with queer, feminist or decolonial modes
of capturing these experiences.
As part of the submission process, we ask you to provide a short description (max 200 words) of the image (or images) and say a little about how your image speaks to chronic illness.
Photographs will be hosted on the project website, and the exhibition will form part of the Visualising Bodies programme at the Being Human Festival in November 2020.
Deadline for submission: Friday, 6 November 2020


To find out more and to submit a photograph, please go to:
https://capturing-chronic-illness.com/call-for-submissions/


Any questions? Contact: capturingchronicillness@gmail.com

Open Call: BREATH: INSPIRE/EXPIRE Virtual symposium October to November 2020 Hosted by the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WiSER)

2020-07 Open call for breath symposium – V2

Discussions around the breath and breathing have become increasingly timely and pertinent with the coronavirus
affecting how we think about morbidity and mortality; lungs and livelihoods across the African continent; and as we
bear witness to the asphyxiation of the planet and people at the hands of the powerful and privileged.
The BREATH: INSPIRE/EXPIRE symposium will bring academics and artists together to creatively think about the many ways that breath and breathing feature in our everyday lives, during mundane times or periods of crisis.

Participants are invited to explore themes around breath – the physical processes to inhale, or inspire – and exhale, or expire – as well as metaphorical or conceptual extensions of what it means to inspire and expire.
The symposium will consist of a series of virtual events across October and November 2020. An anchor event will take place in both months and will be in conversation with a variety of other contributions including live panel discussions, online performances, circulated papers, and pre-recorded content uploaded to the Medical and Health Humanities Africa YouTube channel. The programme will include conventional synchronous virtual events as well as alternative formats.

To participate:
If you would like to contribute to this event please complete the form (see link below) confirming your participation,
contribution, preferred form of presentation, and your availability. Please kindly complete by Friday 14 August 2020.
https://forms.gle/RnkmyFGikB3PT9G4A .

Diverse presentation formats including the conventional conference paper, as well as poetry, photography, film, and
music are welcome. Participants are invited to think creatively about such formats and the organisers will do their best to accommodate as wide a variety of formats and events as possible.

There are limited number of symposium bursaries available for creative professionals who are interested in creating
new works for the symposium. These bursaries are particularly for creative professionals who may not have alternative full-time employment and whose livelihoods have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

There are also resources available to those who may need assistance with data bundles in order to contribute in the
symposium.

To attend:
Look out for the upcoming programme of events that will be posted on MHHA website
https://www.medicalandhealthhumanities.africa/ ,

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2437260669830446/ and circulated in the MHHA newsletter.
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Please contact the organising team at breathsymposium2020@gmail.com if you would like more information.

Call for Papers: 28th Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph

Call for Papers: 28th Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph

Global inequalities, colonial legacies, and the innumerable power imbalances striating the social world have never been more pertinent to social studies of health and illness. It is thus vital to interrogate how exactly we research these issues, as well as the ethics and politics of knowledge production relating to them.

The 28th Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph will bring together contributions from social scientists working with diverse methods, and across different empirical domains, in order to provide a distinctive sociological perspective on the ways in which we might engage in, and respond to, various forms of complicity in our work. We invite submissions which consider qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and digital methods and which are oriented towards matters of power, politics and ethics in medical sociology

 

Click here to read the full call for papers.<https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/pb-assets/SHI%20CfP%20July%202020-1594196597780.pdf>

 

 

 

 

How to sew a face mask

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are entering unprecedented times as the coronavirus logs in 10 new cases in Lilongwe alone. It has become imperative that in addition to hand washing, there are safety measures that the public can take to reduce the spread of new infections.

On 6 April 2020, the World Health Organisation published updated guidance maintaining that while masks could help limit the spread of the disease, but clarified they were insufficient on their own. In that vein, Malawi Medical Humanities Network is doing what they can to share information about the safe use of masks. We have provided a translation of an excellent guideline which can be distributed to tailors across the country to help them produce cost effective masks for the general population.

We are also supportive of other initiatives such as Masks 4 All Malawians (https://www.masks4allmalawi.org/) who are working tirelessly to ensure that every Malawian is provided with a mask.

Please click on the attached link here –> MASK – Chichewa

to download Chichewa language instructions on how to sew a mask using household fabrics or chitenje/batik wax cloth. Please share widely as we are hoping to reach as many people as possible. We are working on getting a guideline in Chitumbuka as quickly as possible.

 

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION-BIOETHICS (Project CHEER)

Background The College of Medicine (CoM) has received grant funding from the United States Government through its National Institutes of Health (NIH); Grant Ref: 1 R25 TW 011455 – 01 to support capacity building, education and training of health professionals in Malawi.

The CoM will implement this grant through its Project CHEER. A position of one Post-doctoral fellowship exists within the institution.

The post is available for an initial period of two (2 years) with the possibility of renewal for further periods of two years. Post-doctoral Fellowships Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual and institutional academic (research, curriculum delivery and institutional change) goals.

The fellowship contributes to the institution’s overall mission to support its bioethics enterprise and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers the CoM’s mission in teaching and learning, research and community engagement.

Eligibility

1. Applications are invited from individuals who have a doctoral or equivalent terminal degree in Bioethics. Applications from those close to completing their doctorate or equivalent degree may also be considered; however, the fellowship cannot be offered until the degree is completed.

2. Current fellows within the CoM or elsewhere must have completed all requirements of their existing fellowship, including submission of the final report, before an application for a new fellowship can be accepted.

3. If a postdoctoral fellowship is awarded, the applicant must agree to comply with the University of Malawi’s Postdoctoral Policy. The Policy can be obtained from the University’s websites or requested via email from: postgraduate@medcol.mw;

Application Procedures

1. Submit applications preferably via email an application letter, motivation statement (one –page), a resume and copies of academic professional qualifications;

2. Submit application dossier to: The Academic Registrar Attention: CHEER-HEPI Bioethics Postdoctoral Fellowship College of Medicine Private Bag 360, Chichiri, Blantyre

3, Malawi Email address: rsc-hr@medcol.mw

 

DEADLINE: 2nd April 2020

Call for papers: Supernatural religion in the age of empire Abstract Deadline 15 January 2020

University of Antwerp, Belgium

15 May 2020

This one-day workshop brings together scholars who engage with cultural and social histories on the intersection of religion, science and the supernatural in colonial contexts.

We particularly welcome papers from PGs & ECRs who address methodological and theoretical issues in their work on supernatural religion in empire, and are interested in reflections on dynamics of cross-cultural religious practices, beliefs and phenomena across a range of methods and sources.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
– Racialised notions of ‘superstition’ & ‘modernity’- ‘Hybridised’ religious & mystical phenomena
– Scientific knowledge production & experience
– Supernatural landscapes & bodies in empires
– Material culture of religious supernaturalism
– Fictional & artistic representations

roposals should be based on ongoing research to stimulate discussion.

More information: www.imperialsupernatural.wordpress.com

ABSTRACT (300 WORDS) + SHORT BIOGRAPHY

BY 15 JANUARY 2020

please contact  kristof.smeyers@uantwerpen.be

Call for Papers: 2nd International Medical Humanities Conference 2019: The Body: In Parts or as Whole

Call for Papers: 2nd International Medical Humanities Conference 2019: The Body: In Parts or as Whole

Dates: 31 July – 1 August 2019

Location: Library Auditorium, College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi

 

The College of Medicine, University of Malawi, is proud to host the 2nd Wellcome Trust & University of Edinburgh-funded International Medical Humanities Conference. This year’s theme brings forward conversations about various discourses and modes of representing the body: in parts or as a whole, as an individual or within community or as part of the environment. High profile issues such as the sale and trafficking of parts of persons with albinism, genetic testing of intersex athletes, migration of bodies across borders, reveal charged and emotive positions about autonomy, continuity and connectivity across Africa. This event calls upon artists, researchers, and communities in African studies to discuss the production of knowledge about and regulation of the body. How do we represent the life cycle of the body and its experiences from birth until death?

We seek to engage participants from creative, social, research, clinical and artistic domains to explore the transdisciplinary space between the health sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. This conference will also serve as a starting point to build a medical humanities platform in Malawi from the ground up. The conference will engage local and regional narratives, continental ideas and practices, and voices from the diaspora. The final day is reserved for networking, proposal generation and an Open Space forum to draw concrete plans for future directions for medical humanities scholarship within the College of Medicine, across Africa and with global partners. Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to,

  • Disability studies
  • Gender & sexuality
  • Mental health
  • Migration and migrant health
  • Bioethics and law
  • Poverty and economic disparities
  • Methodology, Theory & Practice
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Decolonising medical curricula, spaces & practices
  • Race/Racism and Ethnicity
  • Climate Change & Environment

This conference offers a unique, atypical format to include abstracts for a 20-minute paper, 10-minute provocation or a 6-minute PechaKucha presentation. PechaKucha is a storytelling format, where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). We also invite ideas for roundtables, forums, short film viewings, exhibition and art installations, visual field notes, music, poetry, theatre, dance and storytelling. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, 5 keywords, and short biographical note to the conference organisers by no later than Monday 17 June 2019 at malawimedhumsnetwork@gmail.com. Decisions will be made within 7 days of the deadline.  Registration for the conference will open shortly afterwards.

We are delighted to offer a small number of bursaries to cover transport, accommodation and conference attendance costs. Priority will be given to economically disadvantaged presenters. A google form will be made available on the conference website and applicants will be asked to state the need for funding and why attending the conference will impact on their career.

Symposium: Gender, Health, Environment and Wellbeing on Thursday, 8 February 2019

Hosted by WIDREM, Medicine College University of Malawi, Thursday 8 February, 2019

Venue: Library Auditorium
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Cost: Free to attend

WIDREM is delighted to be supporting the first Malawi Medical Humanities Network symposium on Gender, Health, Environment and Wellbeing at the University of Malawi’s College ofMedicine.The critical health and medical humanities is an interdisciplinary field of studies which engages the intersections between the arts, humanities, social sciences with the study of medicine, illness, treatment and health.

The WIDREM-supported programme brings together participants from the arts, humanities, medical, and social science backgrounds across academia to encourage collaborations on global challenges. The three-hours event includes talks, roundtable discussions, and many more interactive elements with the audience. The first hour will feature a question and answer session amongst the panellists, the second hour will feature audience questions and the third hour will host the reception. The setting is intentionally informal to allow for a free form discussion on issues dealing with the broad topic of gender, health, wellbeing and the environment.

The objective of this programme is to provide an introductory discussion about the horizons and intersections between gender, the environment and healthcare and engage related fields such as science and technology, medical history, literature, arts-based research, race and gender studies.

Please send an expression of interest to attend by Tuesday, 5 February 2019. Due to limited space, we can only accommodate the first 100 respondents. Email us widrem@medcol.mw to show your interest and copy malawimedhumsnetwork@gmail.com.

WIDREM Audience note[1]

Funded Studentships: Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health at U of Warwick and Wits

As part of the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award ‘What’s at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health,’ the Universities of Warwick and the Witwatersrand, respectively, seek to fill four fully-funded studentships and one Research Fellow position.

More details about the positions can be found here:

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/projects/fake/opportunities/

 

and more details about the project can be found here:

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/projects/fake/