Together with Nete Schwennesen (Biocampus and Institute of Public Health), we (Hanne Jessen and Susanne Bauer, Medicinsk Museion) are organising a conference “Contested Categories”, 15-17 January 2007.
This event is an open continuation of last year’s DK-UK network meeting , now the Postgraduate Life Sciences and Society Group, at BIOS (LSE), London and will take place just before the Health and Citizenship Conference, 18-20 January in Copenhagen.

The symposium “Contested Categories” will focus on how the life sciences challenge and reconfigure formerly stable categories: the social and the biological, the nature/culture dichotomy and the human/animal boundaries are increasingly blurred and become populated by hybrids, cyborgs and boundary objects. New categories emerging in this empirical field of the life sciences raise a host of questions: What are the sites of contestation and which categories are at stake? What new kinds of contested/ambiguous relations become possible and acquire significance? What are the theoretical and methodological implications and challenges we face when studying the life sciences? How can comparative and inter-disciplinary studies contribute to exploring the formation and reconfiguration of categories such as race, gender, kinship and life? In which ways can concepts such as biosociality, bioindividuality and hybridity address these changes – are they useful tools or phenomena of these transformations?

Invitations and calls for both conferences

INVITATION AND CALL FOR PAPERS:

CONTESTED CATEGORIES
2nd annual symposium of the Postgraduate Network on
Life Sciences and Society, 15-17 January 2007
Biocampus and Medical Museion, Faculty of Health Sciences, Copenhagen, DK

This event will be the second meeting of the postgraduate network on Life Sciences and Society for research students in UK and the Nordic countries. It focuses on comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to life sciences and society and brings together young researchers in their early career. For further information please visit: http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/plssg/

This year the symposium will focus on how the life sciences challenge and reconfigure formerly stable categories: the social and the biological, the nature/culture dichotomy and the human/animal boundaries are increasingly blurred and become populated by hybrids, cyborgs and boundary objects. New categories emerging in this empirical field of the life sciences raise a host of questions: What are the sites of contestation and which categories are at stake? What new kinds of contested/ambiguous relations become possible and acquire significance? What are the theoretical and methodological implications and challenges we face when studying the life sciences? How can comparative and inter-disciplinary studies contribute to exploring the formation and reconfiguration of categories such as race, gender, kinship and life? In which ways can concepts such as biosociality, bioindividuality and hybridity address these changes – are they useful tools or phenomena of these transformations?

We welcome contributions from all disciplines, all kinds of theoretical and empirical investigations into different aspects of recent biomedicine/biosciences, as well as investigations of methodological approaches. We also encourage participants to consider suggestions for future networking.

We aim at publishing as many of the contributions as possible as an edited book or journal issue.

Abstracts and registration
Abstracts (max. 300 words) should be sent by e-mail no later than 1st September to Susanne Bauer or Hanne Jessen

ORGANIZERS
Susanne Bauer and Hanne Jessen, Medicinsk Museion, University of Copenhagen
Nete Schwennesen ()
Biocampus and Department of Health Services Research, Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Copenhagen

HEALTH & CITIZENSHIP
A three-day research student conference
Højstrupgaard, Ellsinore, Denmark – 18-20 January, 2007

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline 1 September 2006)

The Danish Graduate School in Public Health Science (GRASPH) and the LSE BIOS Centre are jointly organising a three-day conference entitled Health & Citizenship for research students from the UK and the Nordic countries on 18-20 January 2007 at Højstrupgaard, Ellsinore, Denmark.

We are calling for paper proposals from individual research students seeking to explore and to further understanding of the complexities and transformations in the links between health and citizenship. The event is intended as a forum for intense and constructive debate between research students and leading experts. It is designed to help students improve their research projects, and combines paper presentations with a research training component.

To facilitate discussion on directions in the field of health and citizenship, the paper sessions are thematically organised to suggest lines of exploration and ideas for further thoughts. The sessions will be introduced and directed by leading international experts. We are in particular seeking abstracts relating to the following
threads:

* Citizen Movements and Health
* Equity and Social Justice
* Markets and Democracy
* Genomics and Citizenship
* Global Health
* Neuroscience and Citizenship

Please submit a 300 word abstract (for a 20 minute paper presentation), including preferred thread and full contact details to . Deadline for abstract submission: 1 September 2006

Health & Citizenship is financially supported by GRASPH. Attendance is free. Accommodation and meals are provided for attendees during the event, but we are unable to contribute to travel expenses.

For further information, please contact Annette V.B. Jensen, BIOS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE. Email: .

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