Call for papers - Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies

Dear Colleagues,

Let us inform you about the conference of the Society for Romanian Studies - Doing healthcare in post-socialist Romania: structures, practices, and experiences.

This is a call for papers for a tentative panel on healthcare in post-socialist Romania at the next conference of the Society for Romanian Studies hosted by the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Bucharest (June 17-19, 2015).

Convenors: Sabina Stan (Dublin City University) and Marius Wamsiedel (University of Hong Kong)

We are looking for papers based on in-depth case studies on healthcare in Romania that link practices at the micro level with the larger context of, on the one hand, transformations of the Romanian healthcare system and, on the other, transformations in Romanian society, economy and politics after 1989.

The topics of interest include:

- neo-liberal reforms, development and healthcare

- social geographies of access to healthcare

- healthcare and citizenship

- healthcare and national and transnational mobility

- medicalization and de-medicalization in post-socialist settings

- healthcare encounters and non-clinical evaluation of patients;

- the social life of healthcare professions: socialisation, social closure and power struggles;

- the dynamic of popular, folk and professional healthcare sectors in Romania;

- healthcare work as situated activity and contested social field

- healthcare and gender, class, and ethnic inequalities

- Roma health mediation and access to healthcare

- moralities in health care provision

- emergent technologies and medical devices

- new healthcare actors: healthcare provider corporations, pharmaceutical companies, clinical trials, private healthcare insurers

- practices of healthcare access: informal and formal payments, social and private healthcare insurance, self-medication etc.

- the experience of illness in new and old healthcare settings

- doing fieldwork in healthcare settings

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by email to Marius Wamsiedel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by July 15, 2014.