• Health and illness in the neoliberal era



    Turin 18th-20th April 2018





  • the joint conference

    The aim of the conference is to discuss the configuration of health and illness in the neoliberal era in Europe. In the social sciences, neoliberalism has been defined simultaneously as an ideology, a set of policies and programmes and a set of distinctive institutional forms. It also refers to a complex array of normative conceptions of agency and responsibility that are rooted in ideology and embodied in policies, programmes and institutional forms. Neoliberal discourse has strongly influenced the social construction of health and illness in European societies. For example, it has encouraged a focus on productivity, efficiency, individual responsibility, and arguably has brought about new inequalities, discrimination and victim blaming.

    The conference will foster discussion of the impact of neoliberalism on the social construction of health and illness at macro level in terms of European or national health policy, health care organisations and systems; at meso level considering sub-national policy and the institutional level (regional or local health policy and practice), at micro level considering the impact on the individual level from the point of view of patients and their family as well as the healthcare professions.


    Sessions: Body and Health - Mental Health - Health Organisations and Policy - Integrated care - Health professionals - Ageing - Health Inequalities - Illness Narratives and Narrative Medicine - Health Technologies and Biomedicine - Chronic Illness - Health and Spirituality ...and more

    PhD Workshop

    18th April 2018

    This workshop, organized also by ISA RC15 and ESHMS for the Global Health Network, is open to a group of PhD students and candidates who work in the field of Health and Illness are invited to present empirical contributions, conducted at a global, European, national or local level.


    The focus of the workshop is on undertaking research in the field of Health and Illness for different audiences, focusing on methodology.


    more information


    Non-members (ESA or AIS) 150€

    Members (ESA or AIS) 100€

    PhD Students or early career researchers 50€


    Social dinner 27€


    Coffee breaks are offered by the Midterm Conference
    (even lunches, if registered through the Doodle)



    Registrations open 26th February and close 25th March 2018 through AIS website.



    The midterm conference is held in Turin at the Luigi Einaudi Campus, in Lungodora Siena 100 / A.


    The most convenient airport is the Turin Caselle, but you can also get in Turin from Milan Malpensa. A shuttle service is available from both airports.


    Need more information about mobility in Turin? Go to GTT and bike sharing service.


    Need more information about accommodation in Turin? We can suggest something here.


    Enjoy Turin!




  • People & Place

    Turin and the University of Turin' ll welcome you!


  • Keynote speaker

    Ted Schrecker

    Newcastle University

    " Neoliberal epidemics: etiology, a bit of history, and a view from Ground Zero"



    Keynote speaker

    Guido Giarelli

     Università degli Studi Magna Græcia di Catanzaro

    “The italian nhs among de-financing, corporatization and regionalization”


    Keynote speaker

    PhD Workshop

    Ellen Annandale

      University of York

    “Publishing on sociological journal



    19th April 2018

    A classic or a vegetarian menu to taste Italian food in a post-industrial location