Researching End of Life Care from a Social Science Perspective: Past, Present and Future Contributions

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Researching End of Life Care from a Social Science Perspective: Past, Present and Future Contributions – Call for Papers

29/30 November 2017

Milton Keynes

Abstract deadline 31 July 2017

Sociological and anthropological perspectives to date have provided critical theoretical insights into end of life care practices. However, beyond select seminal pieces and concepts, these contributions to understanding and changing practice and policy are not always recognised as emerging from social science perspectives and there is little contemporary discussion of the utility of this approach for addressing end of life care problems.

By bringing together social scientists researching end of life care, this workshop aims at strengthening the position and visibility of social sciences in the medically dominated field of end of life care research and policy. To do so, we invite participants to map out methodological and theoretical developments highlighting the actual and potential of social science contributions to end of life care research.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Social theory in end of life care: past and current approaches
• Methodological issues with researching end of life care
• Future directions for sociologically and anthropologically informed end of life care research
• Experience of engaging with end of life care policy and community developments
• Bringing theoretical insights from empirical work back into the social sciences

The workshop will also feature presentations by Prof Jane Seymour (University of Sheffield) and Prof Allan Kellehear (University of Bradford) about their work in this field. They will also provide supportive advice for workshop participants.

The workshop is funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness and the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS). There will be no registration fee for attendance and we have travel bursaries to support PhD students and early-career researchers to attend.

Please send your abstract (250 words) and full contact details to Erica Borgstrom ( before 5pm GMT 31 July 2017. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please indicate this in your submission as well as likely amount to be required; this will not affect abstract selection. More information about the format and accessibility of the workshop, expectations of participants, and information about bursaries can be found on

This workshop is being orga17nised by Dr Erica Borgstrom (Open University), Dr Sarah Hoare (University of Cambridge), and Natashe Lemos Dekker (University of Amsterdam).

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