2nd Global Conference - Making Sense of: Chronicity, August 2012

2nd Global Conference
Making Sense of: Chronicity: A Health, Illness and
Disease Project

Thursday 30th August – Saturday 1st September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary
project aims to explore the processes by which we
attempt to create meaning in chronic illness. The
apparent increase in and diversity of chronic
conditions calls for better understandings of the
spaces between health and illness that chronic
patients occupy, often for most of their lives.
How can we articulate the tension between the
biomedical model of chronicity and its embodied
experience? What language and other forms of
representation can we use to map, chart and begin
to explore the meanings possible within such
spaces? What insights can these provide to inform
better chronic care management? What is the
relationship between chronicity and wellbeing? How
do individuals, societies and cultures make sense
of chronicity?

We particularly welcome papers/ workshops/ short
performances on topics which might include, but
are not restricted to:

1. The Borderlands:
- well but ill; degrees of wellness; degrees of
- chronic illness; terminal illness
- chronic pain/ acute pain
- metaphors for and of the journey

2. Understanding CI
- clinical trials/ Big Pharma and CI
- identity and sense of self
- shame, stigma and guilt
- medicine, the clinical gaze, and CI
- the relationship with our body

3. Living with CI
- CI and family
- CI and work
- CI and disability
- CI and ethnicity
- CI and gender

4. Giving CI Voices
- the language of CI
- narrating CI
- representing CI
- performing CI

5. Coping with CI
- chronic pain
- managing chronic illness/self-managing chronic
- life, time and reinventing meaning
- healthcare and CI
- living well

Papers will be accepted which deal with related
areas and themes.

The 2012 meeting of Making Sense Of: Chronicity
will run alongside the fifth of our projects on
Making Sense Of: Madness and we anticipate holding
sessions in common between the two projects.  We
welcome any papers or panels considering the
problems or addressing issues that cross both
projects. Papers will be considered on any related
theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by
Friday 16th March 2012. If an abstract is accepted
for the conference, a full draft paper should be
submitted by Friday 22nd June 2012. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted to the Organising
Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or
RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to
10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: CHR2 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain
from using any special formatting, characters or
emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline).
Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned
for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts
will be included in this publication. We
acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper
proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply
from us in a week you should assume we did not
receive your proposal; it might be lost in
cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an
alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chair .

Maria Vaccarella
Hub Leader, Making Sense Of: and Marie Curie
Research Fellow, King’s College, London
Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader,
Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom

The conference is part of the 'Making Sense Of:'
series of research projects. The aim of the
conference is to bring together people from
different areas and interests to share ideas and
explore various discussions which are innovative
and exciting. All papers accepted for and
presented at this conference are eligible for
publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may
be invited to go forward for development into a
themed ISBN hard copy volume.

For further details of the project, please visit:

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a
not-for-profit network and we are not in a
position to be able to assist with conference
travel or subsistence.
See Older News...