Call for papers: SOMAA Symposium

SOMAA Symposium

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Wood Seminar Room (OK 406), Victoria University of Wellington

We welcome 100-200 word abstract submissions, due September 20th 2018 emailed to

Please indicate which of the two panels you would like to be included in.


9.30am-12pm. Panel One: current directions in medical anthropology in Aotearoa

We welcome 10-20 minute papers discussing scholars’ current research projects. Scholars in the midst of fieldwork or at the beginning of projects are welcome to offer a 10-minute field report, ethnographic vignette, or ‘ethical challenges of fieldwork’ presentation. We also invite conference papers.

1-3.30pm Panel Two:  Medical anthropology outside the box

In this panel we invite presentations that push the conventional boundaries of medical anthropology. We encourage submissions that might help us challenge medical anthropology’s reach, its disciplinary confines, its approach to knowledge production, its understanding of ethnography, and its engagements with public life and diverse communities. We also welcome papers that sit at the intersections of ethnography and other modes of expression, be they poetry, activist writing, or performance.



  • finalize SOMAA terms of reference (draft to be pre-circulated for feedback)
  • Committee position elections (more details to follow soon on the process)
  • Future event planning

*Please contact Catherine Trundle if you want any items included on the agenda*

5.30: **Keynote and Public Lecture** Sonja Van Wichelen (University of Sydney)

Room: HULT 220, Title TBC

Followed by dinner in town (please express interest by email when you register or submit your abstract, if you wish to join us, it will be at a reasonably priced set rate)

Attendees not presenting are welcome, and are required to RSVP as space is limited, to

Symposium fee: $10 (please bring cash on the day, to pay for lunch and tea and coffee)

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