CFP: ‘Transnational health care, regions and development’ - June 2013 - Wageningen University

Call for papers
‘Transnational health care, regions and development’

An international workshop sponsored by the Academy for Tourism at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences and the Cultural Geography Chair Group at Wageningen University
20-21 June 2013
Held at Wageningen University, The Netherlands

At a moment in which the provision and regulation of health care within national boundaries is profoundly shifting, the growing numbers of people going abroad in pursuit of health care mean that the social, political and economic significance and impacts of these flows at a range of levels cannot be ignored. Several recent initiatives – such as the recent European Union directive on patient mobility, the harnessing of cross-border patient flows between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states, and budding joint promotion of the Caribbean region as a medical travel destination – have specifically demonstrated the relevance of the transnational region relative to emerging post-national understandings of supply, demand and responsibility in health care.

While thinking ‘regionally’ beyond borders is well-established in economic development discourses and practices, studies of health care have long been restricted to the confines of ‘methodological nationalism’. In recognition of the array of initiatives around the world that challenge and move beyond
attempts at self-sufficiency in health care at the national level, this international workshop seeks to draw attention to the breadth of *regional * capacity-building, relations and identities forged through the
international pursuit and provision of medical care. The workshop specifically focuses on exploring the link between transnational health care and regional development, produced through both higher-profile,
long-distance pursuits of medical tourists and more ‘everyday’ cross-border and intra-regional health-motivated movements.

We encourage the submission of abstracts on topics that include but are not limited to:

  • The role of government at various levels in slowing down or enhancing patient mobility
  • Professional stakeholder relations and approaches in patient mobility frameworks
  • The analysis of transnational health policies (bi-lateral agreements/regional approaches)
  • Potential for transnational regions to benefit from economies of scale by pooling health resources and patients
  • The use of health care in transnational regional identity constructions and claims
  • The role of diaspora in linking sending and receiving contexts through transnational health care
  • Reports on experiences of transnational health care users and providers

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words electronically by Monday, 10 December 2012 to the workshop organisers, Tomas Mainil ( and Meghann Ormond ( Those authoring successful submissions will be contacted by Friday, 21 December 2012.
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