quality, vitality and health in the 21st century
an international conference
New dates for Chronic Living announced: 4th – 6th of March 2021
14 April 2020
What a world (literally) of difference a month can make. Thanks to everyone for your patience as we respond to many accommodation, travel and registration fee related queries, and also for so many kind words of support. We are truly grateful.
There is no question that the kinds of empirical questions and issues surrounding chronic living that we were to have collectively explored beginning next week, remain crucial and urgent. Those living with chronic conditions have been identified as particularly ‘at risk’ of succumbing to COVID-19 and have been asked to self-isolate by health authorities around the world. As if many of their lives weren’t challenging in a stratified world already, missing out on outpatient check-ups or consultations, being cut off from care networks and increased difficulties accessing medicines and medical technologies are daily realities for millions as over half the world’s population is currently under some kind of mobility restrictions.
The Chronic Living conference will now take place from the 4th-6th of March 2021. Given that various travel restrictions may well remain at that time, we will be planning for a mixture of physical and digital presentations and modes of participation. We sincerely hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us, perhaps with insights as to how the lives of your informants and collaborators have been transformed by COVID-19.
We will keep this website updated throughout the year. We will contact all those who had registered as well as those on our waiting list after the summer to ask whether you will be joining us in March 2021, whether digitally or physically.
In the meantime, it has been fantastic to see so many amazing inputs and thoughts on the current health emergency coming out in various fora, not least by many of you. To mention a few of the resources we have been following:
- Somatosphere’s “Dispatches from the Pandemic”
- Medical Anthropology at UCL’s “Consciously Quarantined”
- Medical Anthropology’s Editorial and Op-Eds
- Medical Anthropology Quarterly’s Critical Care blog
- Medicine, Anthropology, Theory’s virtual issue on Outbreaks, Epidemic, and Infectious Diseases
- Sociology of Health and Illness’s 2013 special issue on “Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases: the Sociological Agenda”
Finally, just to reiterate, we know that postponement has complicated your travel and accommodation bookings. We have prepared a downloadable letter that confirms cancellation of the 23-25 April 2020 Chronic Living event (click here). We appreciate all of your patience and ask that you visit this website regularly and that you read our Postponement FAQ here which should provide answers to most questions. Otherwise, as always, you are welcome to contact us through: firstname.lastname@example.org