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Geographies of Health and Impairment Conference at the University of Exeter, 17th–18th June 2019

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Call for papers: Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment (ENRGHI) Conference 2019
Theme: Cultures of health and well-being

Papers are invited for 20th ENRGHI Conference, a two-day event organised by and for postgraduates and early career researchers, with generous support from the RGS (with IBG) Geographies of Health and Well-being Research Group (GHWRG) and the Wellcome Centre Cultures and Environments of Health.

This longstanding conference offers a supportive environment to showcase research; providing valuable opportunities for networking, research feedback and discussion with researchers and students who have a shared interest in geographies of health, well-being and impairment.


Attracting an international audience, the conference welcomes abstracts from individuals involved in health or well-being research within social, geographical and/or environmental contexts. We invite submissions from both those working within and outside of geography as a discipline. The 2019 conference will take place on the 17th and 18th June 2019, hosted by the University of Exeter.

Conference papers can be based on work-in-progress or completed work. PhD students are encouraged to focus on a particular study aspect, such as a specific method, a literature review, or one aspect of empirical findings, rather than trying to cover their whole project.

The scope of the conference is broad in order to reflect the diversity of topics and research approaches utilised within the field of health, well-being and impairment. Topics covered in previous conferences have included:

  • Health inequalities, environmental justice and equity
  • Therapeutic landscapes, green/blue and ‘enabling’ spaces
  • Health and well-being through the life course
  • Mental health, everyday life, disability and stigma
  • Migration, mobilities and health
  • Health-related behaviours and practices
  • Healthcare delivery and access to services
  • Health, mapping and spatial analysis
  • Health and healthcare in the developing world

Additional topics of interest that fit in the theme ‘cultures of health and well-being’ are as follows:

  • Health technologies and media e.g., health surveillances: care and control
  • Conceptualising health and health geographies: Boundaries and conflicts
  • Healthy environments and performances
  • Public engagement – What does it mean for geographies of health research?
  • Sensitive issues and ‘emotion work’ in health research/ethical issues in health research
  • PGR and ECR mental health and well-being
  • Creative health geographies: theatre, art, poetry
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to health
  • The mental health treatment gap and health inequalities
  • Framing disease: health and illness in modernity
  • Sickness, health and remedies since antiquity
  • Women’s health, sex and reproduction
  • Death, grief and loss

Guidelines for submissions

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please also provide the title, author(s), and affiliation. Oral presentations will be 10 minutes, followed by five minutes of discussion. Posters should be A0 in size and there will be designated time slots for poster presentations during the conference. Please state whether you are interested in doing a presentation, poster and/or chairing a session. Please also provide four keywords. Abstracts should be emailed with the subject title as ENRGHI CfP to enrghi2019@gmail.com by Friday 12th April 2019.

Prizes for the best presentations will be nominated by delegates and awarded at the end of the conference. Details of registration and fee waivers will be made available in April on the ENRGHI 2019 website.


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