The call for papers and labs is now closed.

Call brought in 183 papers, as well 5 laboratories and 5 films. Desicions on papers will be made by 11th of November.

Scientific committee: Maya Unnithan, Kit Davies, Nadine Beckmann, Clare Chandler, Melissa Parker

The RAI and RAI Medical Committee members are delighted to announce the new dates for our conference on ‘Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology’. After much deliberation, and following the constantly changing Covid-19 restrictions, we decided that we will hold this conference online, supported by NomadIT. It will take place over four half-days, alternating mornings and afternoons to make it as inclusive as possible for participants from different time zones. We would have loved to see you all in person and catch up over coffees and drinks, but we hope that the online format will not only provide better planning security in the face of the pandemic, but also facilitate a truly international event, enabling more balanced participation from scholars across the globe, and especially from the global South. 

Medical anthropology is a practice of continual empirical negotiation. Its investigative tools and means of analysis are often shaped according to methods in other fields and by dynamic transitions in the global health landscapes of infections and disease, as experienced in the current COVID 19 pandemic.

The ‘Mobilising Methods’ conference seeks to explore the creative and dynamic tensions that arise in conceptual and methodological terms between medical anthropologists and with those who work closely with us across a range of institutional and collaborative settings and diverse health conditions. The conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities of contemporary medical anthropology before, through and beyond COVID 19 that require engagement with translation, collaboration and communication. We encourage contributions reporting innovative methodologies and communication strategies. 

As the conference call and panels were conceived before the COVID 19 pandemic, we encourage current and prospective panel organisers and paper presenters to consider how events and experiences through the pandemic may have re-shaped thinking on how we ‘do’ medical anthropology. Previously accepted panels and papers will not necessarily warrant revision and may be resubmitted in their original form, but we welcome both revised and new panels that consider emergent approaches and the future of our ethnographic work.

Conference Fees:

RAI Fellows & Members: £90
Non-Fellows: £150
Concessions (students, unemployed and retired persons): £45
Delegates with low income from Low Income Countries (  £30

Any queries should be directed to: raimed(at)