Stigma, Health, and Inequality: A Two-Day Workshop
11–12 January 2018, Cardiff University
Organised by Gareth Thomas (Cardiff University) and Kayleigh Garthwaite (Newcastle University)
Funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness (FSHI)
We are delighted to announce that we will be running a free two-day workshop entitled ‘Stigma, Health, and Inequality’ at Cardiff University (UK) on 11-12 January 2018. We are now seeking contributions to be part of a programme which includes keynote presentations from Imogen Tyler (Lancaster University), Tom Slater (University of Edinburgh), and Graham Scambler (UCL).
Recent research has documented the devastating persistence of economic inequality in the UK, in which people are increasingly driven below the poverty line. However, what is frequently overlooked in such accounts is the potency of stigma in a context of neoliberalism and growing inequalities. This two-day event brings together 40 senior and early career academics in the UK and Ireland from various disciplines – sociology, anthropology, human geography, urban studies, media studies, and social policy – whose research interests lie very broadly across the fields of stigma, health (as a state of physical, mental, and social well-being), and inequality.
As well as providing opportunities for collaboration in a small but focused setting, the workshop will also involve a ‘mentoring scheme’ and a ‘journal club’ to support early career academics (including postgraduate students). We also intend to submit a research monograph as a result of this event and all attendees will be asked to consider a possible submission for this. We are seeking contributions from people which do not necessarily seek to quantitatively/epidemiologically ‘prove’ a link between inequalities and stigma, but rather qualitatively explore the experiences, attitudes, and practices of people with regards to a range of (often interrelated) topics including, but not limited to:
- Food poverty;
- Housing and displacement;
- Media representations (e.g. ‘poverty porn’);
- Mental health;
- Migration and asylum;
- Nationality and citizenship;
- Parenthood and family life;
- Place-based / territorial stigma;
- Race and ethnicity;
- Social class;
- Welfare reform;
- Youth studies.
We ask that people interested in taking part submit a title and 250 word abstract by midnight on 1 September 2017. This can be submitted via the workshop website.
Alternatively, abstracts can be emailed directly to Gareth (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kayleigh (Kayleigh.Garthwaite@newcastle.ac.uk). Notifications of acceptance will be received by 15 September 2017. Presentations at the event are expected to be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for a Q&A.
It is also possible to attend the event as a non-presenter. If this is the case, please indicate your interest in attending via the workshop website. However, it should be noted this is not a guarantee of attendance. Attendees will be selected after receiving all applications. Regardless of whether you intend to attend as a presenter or a non-presenter, please register your interest by 1 September 2017.
Places are limited (N=40) and are expected to go fast! We are offering bursaries to five postgraduate students (£100 each) to help cover costs for travel, accommodation, and subsistence. To be eligible for consideration, postgraduate students should register their interest for the workshop via the website and email a short biography of around 50–100 words outlining their current status and research interests to Gareth and Kayleigh. Bursary recipients will be announced after all workshop places have been allocated.
For further details about the programme and the event more generally (e.g., speakers, getting to the venue, registration, etc.), please visit the website. For any more information, please contact Gareth or Kayleigh on the email addresses provided above.