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[MAYS] the dynamic landscape of medical anthropology: scientific expertise and public engagement in the transformation of disciplinary boundaries 
Matteo Valoncini (Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna)
Xu Liu (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Magdalena Góralska (University of Warsaw)
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Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Situated between the STS frameworks and the practical aspects of biomedical science and technologies, epistemological challenges on medical anthropology remain vital. We welcome inquiries into medical anthropology’s role in public engagement and transforming disciplinary boundaries.

Long Abstract:

Problems regarding health matters have grown with the extensive advancement of the production, promotion, and adoption of knowledge and technologies. Correspondingly, the appeal of ‘humanising’ the biomedical knowledge and technologies leads to the broad transformation and development of social studies on medical science. Especially, considering medical anthropology’s positioning in the STS community, this interdisciplinary realm has been increasingly invited to shape a connected sense of research regarding the theoretical, methodological, and ethical concerns about the progress of biomedical and health science. However, the qualitative approach still faces the growing epistemological challenges within and beyond academia. Especially, within the public sphere, knowledge produced with qualitative research on biomedical topics sometimes becomes secondary, while the biomedical expertise of science and technology, the persuasion of big data, and even the performative manipulation of discourses remain unchallenged. We wish to put our inquiry into the positioning of medical anthropology, situated at the intersection of perceiving and interrogating the expanding development of health and medical sciences. We welcome contributions drawing on empirical cases and conceptual, epistemological inquiries, which could facilitate the discussions on, but not limited to the following questions: how does medical anthropology work between the STS theoretical frameworks and the practical aspects of biomedical science and technologies? Specifically, how can the medical anthropology’s critical approach to examining medical expertise broaden the public’s touch on scientific knowledge production?

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Session 1