Med05
Disease and goodness

Convenors:
Jenny Munro (University of Queensland)
Sarah Richards (Melbourne University)
Stream:
Medical horizons
Location:
Old Arts-152
Start time:
4 December, 2015 at 11:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel invites contributions that will explore how myriad agents in the contested moral field of health and disease draw on, struggle for, and advance or challenge visions of the good, the right and the ethically sound.

Long abstract:

This panel explores conceptual and ethnographic connections between disease and goodness. We call for papers that consider how myriad agents in the contested moral field of health and disease draw on, struggle for, and advance visions of the good, the right and the ethically sound. We are interested in questions such as: How do NGOs and activists organise themselves and construct meanings that advance visions of the good, of being good, of doing good? How are the liberal and neoliberal moral discourses of funding agencies negotiated within local institutional frames? How might patients meet the gaze of medical personnel in the drive to dignity, or engage in ethical work to situate their body in moral landscapes of disease? How do imagination and hope figure in experiences of living with disease and in community or collective responses?