P033
Medical anthropology into the future: aspirations and challenges (Commission on Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology)

Convenors:
Saša Missoni (Institute for Anthropological Research)
Pavao Rudan (Antropological Center of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Chair:
Linda Whiteford
Discussant:
Rosario Calderon
Location:
301 B
Start time:
18 May, 2014 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Panel invites anthropologists from various specializations—such as sociocultural anthropology and biological anthropology—to consider how medical anthropology will continue to develop into the future.

Long abstract:

As a sub-discipline of anthropology, medical anthropology has been developing at an impressive tempo over the past five decades. This is evidenced by the number of scientists worldwide who identify themselves as medical anthropologists, by the growth of universities that offer a specialization in medical anthropology, by the number of journals in which medical anthropology research is published, by the visibility of medical anthropologists working on critical health issues, and by any number of other indicators. This panel invites anthropologists from various specializations—such as sociocultural anthropology and biological anthropology—to consider how medical anthropology will continue to develop into the future. What are some worthy aspirations for the sub-discipline? How can medical anthropology further advance with positive impacts on human society? What kinds of collaborations within medical anthropology and between medical anthropology other disciplines will lead to a better understanding of the human condition and to improvements in health?