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P030


Making and doing just infrastructures in healthcare 
Convenors:
Alexandra Vinson (University of Michigan)
Lauren Olsen (Temple University)
Kelly Underman (Drexel University)
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Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel will explore transformations in healthcare training, work and systems. We welcome traditional research papers, dialogue sessions and experimental formats of knowledge expression that explore ways of reimagining, remaking and redoing infrastructure in healthcare.

Long Abstract:

Crises offer opportunities to reimagine familiar social institutions, especially as these institutions, like healthcare, are characterized by inequitable infrastructures. Whether one points to knowledge, material, technical, or organizational infrastructure, across the globe, healthcare infrastructures are in crisis—exposed and exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical conflict, and state-based decisions around the allocation of resources. But it is never too late to develop just infrastructures in healthcare. Because we are interested in remaking and redoing on an infrastructural level, here we conceptualize healthcare as formal systems of healing, both those that encompass biomedicine and those that span other systematic ways of knowing about health. Many people in STS are engaged in both the theory and practice of transforming healthcare infrastructures, whether internally, with their embeddedness in educational institutions, or externally, with their community activism and beyond. The tools of STS are necessary to solve pressing social problems for both patients and providers, communities and advocates, social welfare programs, and other healthcare stakeholders. STS sensibilities lead us to not just do healthcare but to creatively reimagine how to do healthcare, freeing us from linear models, technosolutionism, and scientism that dominate Western Eurocentric biomedicine and policies governing healthcare institutions. One of the viable mechanisms for envisioning just infrastructures is through training, as training the future generation of scholars, healthcare workers, and policymakers helps instantiate new infrastructural forms. This panel will explore transformations in healthcare training, work and systems from both theoretical and practical vantage points. We welcome papers investigating speculative ethics, counter-clinical spaces, decolonization initiatives, real utopias, and other ways of reimagining, remaking and redoing infrastructure in healthcare. This is a combined format open panel. We warmly welcome traditional research papers, dialogue sessions, and experimental formats of knowledge expression.

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