Healthy Societies 2021 – School of Social and Political Sciences Healthy Societies 2021 – School of Social and Political Sciences

Healthy Societies 2021

16 November 8:45am-4pm  Register here


Healthy Societies 2021


A full day symposium showcasing social science research presentations on how health and social life intersect on our changing planet.


About this event

Health is often seen as a characteristic of individuals and their bodies, but is also formed collectively. As the global pandemic has so starkly revealed, political arrangements, economic structures, enduring inequalities, interspecies and environmental relations and so forth, are productive of health problems and successes, as well as emergent health threats.

This symposium will bring together social scientists and interdisciplinary scholars to provide a platform for radically reimagining health and wellbeing and how it might be better provided for—for humans, other species, our environment and the planet.


The symposium will be organised around four sessions:

Session 1: Politics and Economies of Health and Wellbeing – exploring the global nexus of political and economic interests that shape individual, collective and planetary health

Session 2: Race, Ethnicity and the Biohumanities – mapping and addressing the ways racism, inequality and structural violence contribute to health disparities

Session 3: Human-Microbial and Multispecies Relations – interrogating relationships between humans and non-human species, and how these interactions shape (present and future) health

Session 4: Work, Education and Welfare – exploring the role of the welfare state and systems of (formal and informal) governance and care in the production of health and illness

This event is a collaboration between the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies (SCHS) and School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), the University of Sydney and The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

This event will be run virtually via a zoom webinar. Details to join the webinar will be sent to registrants in advance.

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Nov 16 2021


8:45 am - 4:00 pm

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