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In recent years, medical knowledge has undergone critique, contestation, and resistance in various social, structural, and institutional contexts. This panel seeks to provide a fresh insight into how changing power relations around health and the body are reflected in contested knowledge hegemonies.
This panel aims to explore and discuss how medical hegemonies are renegotiated and pushed to change in a world that is rapidly changing. Medical hegemonies rely on particular knowledge systems that legitimize them; ones that are being constantly subverted. One such domain among many is the digital where, globally, new media help its prod-users seek information on their own, hence undermining existing knowledge hegemonies.
We invite papers that investigate such changes in knowledge-power relations in regard to health and the body. In particular, we welcome papers that focus on narratives, practices and affects of critique, contestation, and resistance, both for and against biomedical hegemonies and public health policies. This may include topics such as broadly understood health activism, from various patient rights to free-of-charge healthcare policies, biomedical skepticism or TCAM interests, self-care practices, both digitalized and not, among others. We strongly encourage papers exploring the more tacit acts of agency, drawing on medical anthropology's suitability in inquiring into subtleties of changing power relations.
With engaged and applied anthropological approaches in mind, our panel aims to bring together researchers that also engage in imagining not just the post-pandemic healthcare, that is on the minds of many nowadays, but the future of healthcare in general. The panel will be followed by a joined roundtable with the Heal02 panel, aiming to discuss, among other topics, possible futures of various health practices and politics, identifying what changes will need to occur in public care systems in order to accommodate changing societal needs.