Annual Health and Welfare Symposium

28 June 2011

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge





Health Behaviours ~ Therapy ~ Intervention

Keynote Speaker:  Dr Monica Greco (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths University of London)
Caring for Categories: The Classification and nomenclature of Medically Unexplained Symptoms


(To see all the abstracts please visit the link on the right hand side)


This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together researchers working on diverse aspects of health and welfare. The one-day workshop is designed to showcase ongoing research by postgraduates and early career researchers, in order to promote academic exchange and future collaboration. Dr Monica Greco, senior lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London, will give a keynote address.

The Health and Welfare Research Group is a graduate-faculty research group at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). From an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, the group studies the construction and conceptualisation of human and social well-being in diverse historical periods and geographical areas. The Group also considers the impact of these ideas on the contemporary practice of healthcare and the implementation of welfare policy.


The Symposium will focus on the three themes which have been explored in the Health and Welfare programme of reading groups and seminars for 2010-11.

These are:
Health Behaviours ~ Therapy Culture & Therapy Criticism ~ Intervention


 New members are always welcome!

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Administrative  contact: Esther Lamb (Grad/Fac Programme Manager)

9.30 - 10.00


10.00 - 11.15

Welcome and Introduction


Barry Watt  (The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis)
Psychodiagnostics: Epistemology and the Social Relation

Amy Shephard  (University of Bolton)
Social Capital and Healthy Behaviour - Why Social Capital Theory is Useful

Kelvin Chan  (University of Cambridge)
Public Health, Social Marketing and Behavior Change

11.15 - 11.35

Tea / Coffee Break

11.35 - 12.50


Natalie Savona  (Queen Mary, University of London)
Proportional Responsibility in the Food System

Anna Smajdor &  Andrea Stöckl  (University of East Anglia)
Teenage Pregnancies and Older Mothers: Reproduction as (poor) Health Behaviour

Marjorie Murray  (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
Negotiating with Paediatricians in Times of Contradictory Authoritative Knowledge: Early Mothering and “Fraudulent” Health Licences in Chile

12.50 - 13.50

Lunch and time for  Poster viewing

13.50 - 15.30


Sue Boase (University of Cambridge)
and  Philippa Gash  (NE Essex NHS Foundation Trust)
Facilitating Behaviour Change: Reflections within Diabetes Care

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou (University of Cambridge)  
Geographies of ‘Empowered Patienthood’: The Strange Spaces of Patient Advocacy in Cancer Research

Catherine Will (University of Sussex)
and Kate Weiner (University of Manchester)    
On Logics and Balances: Exploring ‘Consumer Choice’ in Preventive Health

David Reubi   (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
‘The Power of Economics’: A Genealogy of Tobacco and Health Economics in the Global South

15.30 - 16.00

Tea / Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.30

Keynote  Dr Monica Greco (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Caring for Categories: The Classification and Nomenclature of Medically Unexplained Symptoms


Closing remarks and Wine reception


Andreas Haas
(Goldsmiths, University of London)

Music Therapy
John Strange, Anglia Ruskin University