Medical Anthropology at the Intersections:
Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinarity


Areas of Intersection

The conference will bring together the world's medical anthropologists, including faculty, students, and practitioners, to celebrate past achievements and to foster an exchange of ideas that will inspire path-breaking work in our next 50 years.

The conference will feature morning plenary presentations by renowned medical anthropologists in each of the interdisciplinary areas and afternoon paper sessions and workshops in both traditional and non-traditional formats; a poster session; and social events including a dinner at Yale Commons and a Saturday night party in Yale’s Peabody Museum. Medical anthropologists working within the more than a dozen interdisciplinary frameworks are especially encouraged to submit paper and panel abstracts. However, all types of medical anthropology are welcome.

Medicine/Primary Care, addressing the intersection between anthropology and medicine, particularly the importance of primary health care delivery for the world’s poor.

Global Public Health, addressing the burgeoning interest in global public health and how medical anthropology contributes to the alleviation of global health inequalities, as well as numerous sources of disease and suffering.

Mental Health, addressing medical anthropology’s long-term concern with ethnopsychiatry, as well as new forms of mental illness related to war, refugeeism, homelessness, and other forms of trauma.

Medical History, addressing the use and relevance of historical approaches to medical anthropology, and the value of applying historical perspectives to medical practices and concepts.

Feminism and Technoscience, addressing the intertwined histories of medical and feminist anthropology, and outlining future possibilities for applying feminist analytics to techoscientific developments.

Science & Technology Studies, addressing how science, technology, and medicine are produced, reproduced, reformulated, and sometimes resisted within diverse cultural settings.

Genetics/Genomics, addressing the development of genetic technologies and how they are producing new knowledge and subjectivities regarding hereditary forms of risk.

Bioethics, addressing bioethics and regulation regarding new forms of medical intervention, and how local moral systems intersect with religion, medicine, and law.

Public Policy, addressing ways that medical anthropologists can contribute productively to health policy-making on multiple levels, including among governments, NGOs, philanthropies, and independent think tanks.

Occupational Science, addressing the ways in which work, and the organization of physical and social space, affect people’s lives and well-being, and how occupational science is emerging to address these issues.

Disability Studies, addressing anthropological perspectives on the experiences of people with non-normative bodies and minds, and how disability studies has emerged to examine interactions with the social, built, and political environments.

Gender/ LGBT/Sexuality Studies, addressing medical anthropological engagement with gender studies, including the importance of LGBT and sexuality studies in the era of HIV/AIDS.

International and Area Studies, addressing the importance of language, culture, history and politics in the understanding of health, illness, and healing around the globe.