CfP Special issue for Medical Anthropology on 'Care in/as relational and affective practice'

Dear colleagues,

Dikaios Sakellariou and I are co-editing a special issue for Medical
Anthropology, to be published in early 2019, and would like to invite

*Details: *

*Title: *Care in/as relational and affective practice: ageing, chronicity
and negotiations of care


Narelle Warren (Monash University; ), Dikaios
Sakellariou (Cardiff University; ).


Care is a relational, intersubjective process that emerges in the spaces
between people, as they negotiate, adjust, and tinker with practices of
care, often with the purpose to enable the production of a good life. What
acts are important depends on the global and local context, including the
tensions and processes that occur within and between groups. A focus on how
people negotiate the creation of inhabitable worlds can enrich
understandings of the ways people create a place of care and belonging, or
conversely, a place where care is resisted or situations of uncare. Such
focus can also help illuminate the different worldviews that people enact,
contributing to the development of a language that speaks to the
complexities of care.

This special issue will explore the interactions of care and
chronicity in people’s
local worlds, including bedrooms, toilets, and kitchens, and also on buses,
cafes, offices. Through a focus on how people live with disability in their
own local contexts, the ways people inhabit the spaces between health and
illness, ability and disability, and between bodies and care practices are
considered. Temporality and the life course will be emphasized through a
focus on mid- to late-life care relationships. Contributions to this
special issue will foreground the practises, knowledge, and relations
people mobilise in order to both create ways of living that they themselves
can recognise as ‘good’ and avoid an undesirable life. Contributions will
highlight the different assemblages that people put together and draw upon,
often in improvised and experimental ways, in relations of care. The way
the anticipated good is understood and mobilised in people’s daily
practices, is directly related to practices of care and the intended, or
desired, outcomes. We invite submissions for this special issue to trouble
the notion of ‘good’ and highlight the concrete acts that create
possibilities and impossibilities for the emergence of that good life with

*Working timeline*

1. ASAP: Please let us know if you would like to submit to our special
issue and send us a working abstract (this can be amended if you require).
Please send directly to Narelle ( )

2. End of November 2017: submission deadline of full draft to the editors

3. February 2018: submission to the journal, following s first round of
review by the editors.

4. Early 2019: publication of special issue

NB If you would like to contribute but can't manage the November 2017
timeline, please do let us know

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
c/o Karli Whitmore
125 rue Jean de la Londe, #301
Baie d'Urfe (Québec) H9X 3T8