Call for papers: SIEF 16th Congress, “Healthcare in the margins”

SIEF 16th Congress Call for Papers: “Healthcare in the margins: Alternative spaces of care and lay action against uncertainty” Panel

The Call for Papers is now open and closes at 23:59 CET on 10 January 2023.

Dear all,

Call for papers is now open for SIEF 16th congress Living Uncertainty between 7 and 10th June 2023 in Brno, Czech Republic. We have an accepted panel within the theme Health and Medicine entitled: Healthcare in the margins: Alternative spaces of care and lay action against uncertainty. We would like to encourage members of the medical anthropological community and other social sciences to submit their papers.

More information on the Panel (Code: Heal01) and full programme for the event can be found here:

Call for Papers here: 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via the webpage platform or via email

Eva Jörgensen: eha7@…

Muriel Lamarque: M.Lamarque@… 


Healthcare in the margins: Alternative spaces of care and lay action against uncertainty

The drawing of borders between regions, groups, and people has increased in recent years as a result of crises in public health. The marginalization of some people over others remains the basic rule dictated by the logic of political economic value as it is applied to bodies.

In an environment of growing limits and uncertainty, health is one of the categories where vulnerability becomes critical, affecting people’s ability to obtain, enjoy, and sustain basic levels of well-being. At various stages of life, barriers based on economic, legal, ethnic, racialized, and gender-related factors, among others, limit equal access to healthcare, health rights, safety, and impact risk navigation.

Nevertheless, despite such disadvantaged situations, people and communities constantly look for methods to traverse the periphery, relying on informal coping strategies and various forms of socio-cultural capital to address marginalization. How do groups deal with the obstacles placed in their way of receiving institutional or mainstream healthcare? How do they advocate for themselves? What alternative therapeutic approaches are people using to improve their sense of health and well-being? How do people describe and express their physical and social pain?

Especially from a lay standpoint, this panel seeks papers that explore alternative spaces within the context of health. The following are some suggested topics: Embodied experiences of liminality, alternative therapeutic settings as tools for navigating health inequalities, performative activities as health interventions, or lived experiences during times of medical uncertainty. Other submissions that address liminal spaces of healthcare are also welcome.