Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology 2020

Very sadly, because of the current coronavirus pandemic we have had to take the decision to postpone the Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology conference.

We hope to be able to reconvene this conference in 2021. We will publicise the new dates as soon as possible.

Once again, we are very sorry to have to postpone the conference, but we thought this was the best decision for all involved.



2020 Conference of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Medical Anthropology Committee in collaboration with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dates: 3-4 September 2020
Venue: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London.

Medical anthropology is a practice of continual empirical negotiation. Our work is situated in cross-disciplinary intellectual spaces and its investigative tools and means of analysis are shaped accordingly, often influencing, and being influenced by, methods in other fields.

The ‘Mobilising Methods’ conference seeks to explore the creative and dynamic tensions that arise in conceptual and methodological terms, from exciting work at the intersections of medical anthropology with public health, primary care, veterinary science and global health to engagement with political economy, systems dynamic modelling, network analysis, the humanities (e.g. history, literature, digital and visual media), political science, psychology, migration, geography , climate change, business studies and the law. 

In what ways do our increasingly diverse sets of collaborators understand and engage with our methods, and what creative collaborative possibilities might emerge from such engagement? How do novel methods that seek to create bridges between anthropology and other disciplines create new entities and new analytical spheres of inquiry?

The conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities of contemporary medical anthropology that require engagement with translation, collaboration and communication. We invite (but do not restrict) medical anthropological contributions to the following important areas:

  • Challenges to the qualitative/quantitative dichotomy as the distinctions blur between qualitative and quantitative forms of inquiry
  • Translation and collaboration across, and within, the biological, medical and social sciences
  • Critical methodological engagements with public health, free market ideologies, techno-science and the privatisation of care
  • Interpretive and critical perspectives on methodological practices in the field of global health
  • Authority and inequity in processes of translation
  • Ethics of investigative and engaged methods
  • Methods, colonial pasts and the decolonising movement
  • Broader issues of politics, power, appropriation and vernacularisation

This exciting and topical conference invites reflective contributions and conversations on methods and methodologies between medical anthropologists and with those who work closely with us across a range of institutional and collaborative settings and diverse health conditions. It encourages contributions reporting innovative methodologies and communication strategies.