Dear all,

Please find bellow a call for papers for the panel 38 “*Medical
consumptions and local stakes: past, present and future(s) in Urban Africa*

Inês Faria, SOCIUS/ISEG, University of Lisbon [

Carla Rodrigues, AISSR, University of Amsterdam [ ]

*Short abstract:*
In this panel, we aim to explore how people use various medical
consumptions as a means to satisfy social and individual needs,
expectations and aspirations in sub-Saharan African contexts. We invite
contributions based on empirical research and theoretical reflections, with
a special focus on urban settings.

*Long abstract:*
By and large, medical consumptions are often considered as means to cure,
treat and/or restore physical, mental and social balance. However, there is
an array of situations motivating medical consumption practices related not
only to therapeutic but also to other stakes, going beyond health and
illness. These often arise from social and individual pressures and/or
expectations upon social roles, aspirations, lifestyles and bodily
achievements. These local stakes, as well as the means to fulfill them,
while rooted in specific historical, economic and cultural backgrounds, are
dynamic and transitional.

Considering medical consumptions as the use of a variety of medical
procedures, resources and expertise, we will discuss changes and
continuities in social and individual aspirations, needs, and motivations,
as well as in strategies and practices in medical consumption in urban
Africa. How do individuals make use of available medical services,
medicines (pharmaceuticals or other substances) and other devices to
satisfy needs, expectations and aspirations? What are the meanings and the
roles attributed to these different medical resources? What strategies do
individuals use to access medical resources? How have the quests for
medical consumption changed? What has changed in these processes? How does
the circulation of (new) global medical technologies contribute to the
transitionality of local stakes underlying medical consumptions? What do
medical consumption and the purposes they serve tell us about processes of
social reproduction and change?

We welcome papers addressing these and other related issues, based on
empirical research and theoretical reflections.

Please send your proposal *to Carla Rodrigues* (
and Inês Faria (

Deadline for submission: April 1st, 2017.

The list of papers accepted will be announced on April 15th, 2017.

For further information: http://medanthlisbon2017.

Best wishes.

Contact Info

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