Healthy China 2030: The Medical Humanities of Universal Healthcare
12–13 June 2020
Peking University HSBC Business School (UK)
Foxcombe Hall, Boars Hill OX1 5HR, Oxford, UK
We have the pleasure of inviting you to the workshop ‘Healthy China 2030: The Medical Humanities of Universal Healthcare’. The workshop is co-organized by Peking University HSBC Business School (UK) and Oxford Brookes University, Research Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges. It is the second workshop on health co-organized by the two academic organizations. It will take place on the beautiful campus of PHBS (UK) in Oxford on 12–13 June 2020. On this occasion, as for our first colloquium, we welcome contributions from a medical-humanities perspective. Our focus is the ‘Healthy China 2030’ project but we are interested in comparative perspectives and in the challenges facing universal healthcare in the rest of the world.
The ‘Healthy China 2030’ blueprint was published by the Chinese government in 2016. It was established as a national strategy seeking to enable everyone to be involved in health, share health, and be responsible for health. To meet this aim, five specific goals were set, including improving the level of health nationwide, controlling major risk factors, increasing the capacity of the health service, enlarging the scale of the health industry, and perfecting the health service system. It outlines four core principles: health priority, reform and innovation, scientific development, and justice and equity. The achievements around 13 core indicators will be reported in 2020 and 2030.
On 15 July 15 2019, the Chinese State Council released a corresponding action plan for achieving the aims of ‘Healthy China 2030’. The development of a ‘Healthy China’ from a vision to action became central to the Chinese Government’s agenda for health and development.
Under this framework, China has the opportunity to improve its health development as well as reap the benefits for the rest of the world. However, China also faces many challenges in reaching such an aim. An extensive discussion on the opportunities and challenges of reaching the aim of ‘Healthy China 2030’ would be necessary and helpful not only for China but also the other countries for future developments in health.
Therefore, this workshop will focus on discussing the opportunities of Health China 2030 for the health development in China and worldwide in the next decade, and the existing and potential challenges that China is facing in reaching its aims. Universal healthcare coverage is facing new challenges in many western countries that adopted it following the second world war. However, free universal health coverage has not been established in the United States, for instance. A comparative and medical humanities perspective on universal healthcare is greatly needed to understand all those cases: countries like China now developing it, countries with a long experience but now facing difficulties, countries that never achieved it despite a long history of economic development.
The workshop will host top scholars in this area as keynote speakers, including Prof Guo Yan, the Commissioner for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and Prof Pasquale Tridico, President of the Italian National Welfare Agency INPS.
We would like to host papers and presentations from scholars, policy makers, and health practitioners. We hope to include colleagues of health policy and management, the humanities, economics, sociology, political science, management and organization studies, etc., and to form an inter-disciplinary perspective on this issue.
We wish to be able to organize a session on COVID-19: the ‘infodemic’ as defined by the WHO; the possible role of TCM in treating the virus; the risks of populist and irrational reactions to the crisis.
The deadline of full paper submission is 15 May 2020.
Medical Identities in Global History
Radcliffe Humanities, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
18–19 June 2020
Approaches to Global history often attempt to address the role of nation-states in the construction of historical narratives, while deconstructing the Eurocentric assumptions in the expression of history. Historians have now moved away from understanding history in terms of binaries and have accepted that transfer, spread, diffusion, and understanding of knowledge is multi-directional. In the history of medicine, these translations often involve the generation, negotiation, and interaction of identities.
This conference seeks to bring together postgraduate students, early-career researchers, and scholars in history for a conference on the topic of medical identities in the past.
Medical identities are grounded in the interactions between self, body, and health, with the social, political, cultural, and intellectual context of medical knowledge. Interrogations of these relationships reveal important narratives of identity creation and complex webs of power relations.
In addition to panel presentations from a selection of speakers, this conference will host three engagement conversations: One focused on building collaborative networks amongst participants, one on public-outreach, and one round-table discussion for Early Career Researchers.
Interdisciplinary focus is encouraged. Submissions can focus on the following themes:
- Embodiment and experience of health, disease, or medical identities broadly
- Intellectual and medical power connected with processes of imperialism / colonialism / territorial expansion and commercial gains in global markets
- Indigeneity, ethnicity, and nationality
- Hygienic modernity, medical education, hospital cultures
- Movement and immigration, oceanic and territorial space
- Material Culture – Objects – objects in migration
The conference is not exclusive in theme and welcomes submissions which reflect a diversity of approaches to the concept of medical identity. Proposals with a clear application to public outreach or interdisciplinary collaboration are especially welcomed. This conference may be able to provide small travel grants for up to two postgraduate students, at the value of £150.00. Please mention in your email if you would like to be considered for one. We welcome proposals for 20-minute paper presentations. Abstracts should be maximum 250 words, alongside a short biographical description not exceeding 100 words. Paper proposals and descriptions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 30, 2019.
CSHPS Annual Conference
30 May – 1 June 2020
The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is holding its annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in London, Ontario: www.yorku.ca/cshps1/meeting.html
The Program Committee invites scholars working on the history and philosophy of science to submit abstracts for individual papers or proposals for sessions (typically 3 papers). We particularly encourage scholars to engage with the theme for Congress 2020—’Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism’. Unrelated topics and themes are also welcome.
Meeting languages: The CSHPS is a bilingual society. Individual papers may be given in English or French, but efforts to broaden participation are appreciated (e.g. a presentation in English could be accompanied by a PowerPoint in French, and vice versa). Similarly, sessions can be presented in either English or French, but bilingual sessions are especially welcomed.
Information about registration and accommodation will be available at the CFHSS congress website: http://congress2020.ca
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Scottish Society of the History of Medicine Conference
Aesculap Academia wish to advise you on behalf of the SSHM organising committee that the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 conference in Edinburgh.
This decision is in accordance with advice to cancel all non-essential travel and events until the end of summer. Our aim is to maximise availability to help health services throughout this critical period and minimise any risk of actively transmitting the virus to other groups of medical professionals.
The organising committee have decided to reschedule the conference until Friday 12 and Saturday 13 March 2021.