The aim of this conference, which will take place from March 23 to March 25 at Sorbonne University in Paris, France, is to study the general question of wellness and health, primarily in English-speaking countries, but it also welcomes comparative approaches in other countries or regions. This conference will attempt to shed light on the practices, principles, values or institutions which have had an impact on health and wellness, both from a strictly medical point of view and from a broader moral or social perspective.
The objective of the conference will be to try and trace the contours of wellness and health, both from a historical point of view and from more contemporary perspectives, in all their forms, be they artistic, sociological, political, or economic, from modern times to the present day.
The ambition of this symposium is to adopt the broadest possible perspective; without claiming to be exhaustive, we offer these few lines of thought:
- Boundaries between private health and public health
- Health policies and their evolution (Welfare State, NHS, Obamacare v “Medicare for all”)
- Health and well-being in times of conflict (war medicine, care of civilian populations, reflections on well-being in the armed forces)
- Interdependence of human health, animal health, and ecosystems (example of the “One Health” movement)
- Production, development, and delimitation of urban or natural spaces linked to well-being and health (parks, sanitation policies , urban planning adapted to the climate challenge)
- Health, well-being and sporting practices (economic, cultural, social and even heritage issues)
- Development of leisure activities, evolution of consumption practices, consideration of individual and collective well-being (development of "wellness centers" and the well-being industry)
- Health and diet, health and lifestyles (including the relationship to work and consideration of socio-professional risks)
- Well-being and spirituality ( New Age type counter-culture movements )
- Health and well-being as an angle for analyzing the vulnerabilities and fragility of the societies studied; relation to social justice
- The search for well-being: a gender issue?
- Health, well-being and religious practices (seeking well-being or a form of moral health, involvement of religious institutions in the hospital sector)
- Health and family and/or birth policies, debates on abortion and sexuality
- Health and capitalism, development of biomedical technologies, artificial intelligence, telemedicine
- Health and social and political struggles, health and freedom; conversely, constraints linked to the absence of well-being or difficulties in accessing care; social, racial and sexual discrimination
- Practices of exclusion, strategies of resilience, resistance, cultural and identity affirmation
- Health and environment: environmental struggles, climate issue, environmental justice, pollution, etc.
Proposals for papers (500 words maximum) in English or French, with a working title and a short bio, should be sent to HDEA2023@gmail.com.
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