Monday, 19 December 2016

CFP: Migrations and health inequalities in Europe

RN 16 Sociology of Health and Illness
CALL FOR PAPERS (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities
13th Conference of the European Sociological Association
29 August – 1 September 2017 Athens, Greece
Abstract deadline: 1 February 2017

Europe can be made or unmade, which is especially true after the economic and social crisis of 2008. European societies and the idea of Europe have been challenged: contradictions of capitalism, fragmented solidarities and subjectivities have resulted in protest by some citizens and apathy from others. How is this context affecting the health of European societies, their populace and their health policy systems? The Board of Research Network 16 Sociology of Health and Illness invites abstract submissions that will be considered for presentation at the next ESA conference in Athens (29 August – 1 September 2017). These proposals might focus on health issues and/or aspects of health system in relation to the themes of the conference:
‘Capitalism’, ‘Solidarities’ and ‘Subjectivities’. Capitalism might be investigated in relation to resources allocated to health care in terms of cost, market dynamics, the role of different actors in health policies, or the impact of health policies in terms of health inequalities. Solidarities within European boundaries and with the rest of the world form a key aspect of European societies. Therefore these solidarities might be investigated in relation to the health of migrants, older people, people with disabilities etc in a variety of contexts.

Subjectivities affect the relationship between health professionals and citizens as well as the cultural aspects of health issues. Moreover the subjective perception of individual health is affected by structural data, socioeconomic conditions as well as by biographical experiences. Submission of abstracts focusing on these themes is welcome. The board strongly encourages the submission of abstracts with a comparative European perspective, although national or local studies will also be considered.

Abstracts may be submitted in response to this RN 16 general call or to the RN 16 specific session or joint session proposals.

RN16_RN35: Migrations and health inequalities in Europe (Joint Session with RN35 Sociology of Migration)

Angela Genova (Department of Economics, Society, Politics, University of Urbino Carlo Bo) and Meghann Ormond (Cultural Geography Chair Group, Wageningen University and Research - Email: meghann.ormond [at]

Migration flows within member states as well as from non-European countries have shaped European societies over the last century. Nonetheless, in the last decade migration processes have challenged some of the main values of European societies: solidarity has declined in heterogeneous ways and new selective criteria have been introduced. Welfare systems have been affected by demographic changes as well by political debates defining new accessing criteria and therefore new boundaries between insiders and outsiders. The joint session will investigate the relationship between migration and health policy in European member states, encouraging a comparative approach. Moreover it will investigate the health inequality dimensions affecting migrant populations and the cultural dimensions of health issues related to migrants.