Call for Papers: the 4th Health in Transition Conference: Challenges of Health, Demographic Changes, and Wellbeing in Post-socialist Societies

August 26-27, 2015

Hosted by: Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Latvia (Riga, Latvia)

The 4th Health in Transition Conference addresses current challenges of health, demographic change, and wellbeing in post-socialist societies and the role of social sciences and humanities in dealing with these issues in post-socialist societies. How does the falling birth rate, aging of society, and migration interact with the access to health care, neoliberalisation of health care systems? These are only a few of the health-related challenges that post-Socialist societies face nowadays. We encourage contributions from diverse disciplines such as anthropology, science and technology studies, demographics, geography, sociology, political science, and history. Interdisciplinary approach and comparative perspective is encouraged. Work in progress is invited as well.
The organizers welcome contributions that include but are not limited to the following topics:
  • Reproducing societies
  • Aging societies
  • Access to healthcare
  • Globalization of health care systems and policies
  • Management of emerging public health problems
  • Patient movements and empowering the patients
  • Medical aid in crisis settings
  • Migration of patients and medical personnel 
  • (Bio)technological developments 
  • Changing health and lifestyle patterns
The deadline for abstracts (300 to 400 words) is April 19, 2015. Papers will be selected and notifications made by May 19, 2015.  Complete papers are due by August 1, 2015. Offers to chair panels or to serve as panel discussants will be warmly received.

Please send abstracts and further enquiries to