Below is a call for abstracts for a session I hope to organize at the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association meetings, Winnipeg, June 3-6, 2004. Assuming, that is, that I can draw together enough people in this burgeoning field to warrant a session (and perhaps to develop a bit of a research network in ‘critical pain studies’). Please contact me if you’re interested in participating. Further information about the conference is available at: http://alcor.concordia.ca/~csaa1/RencontreAnnuelleWinnipeg.htm.
Feel free to forward to interested parties.
Anthropologies and Sociologies of Pain
Papers are invited that explore pain from anthropological or sociological perspectives. Themes may include: theoretical or methodological problems in the study of pain; analyses of biomedical research on pain, its clinical assessment and management, or the narratives of pain patients; pain in extramedical contexts, such as place of pain in body modification practices, sexuality, sport, initiation rituals; “emotion” and “physical” pain, mind-body dualism and pain; or the gendering or racialization of particular forms of pain. Particularly encouraged are papers which interrogate common understandings of pain in a novel or critical way.