IUSSP seminar New Approaches to Health and Death in the Cities during the Health Transition and SSHAPublicado: 28.02.2011
Call for Papers (will be published soon at IUSSP web page).
New Approaches to Health and Death in the Cities during the Health Transition
14-17 December 2011
This seminar is organized by the IUSSP Historical Demography Panel, with the support of Institute of Statistics of Andalucía and the Center for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
New longitudinal data sets have been recently collected in different countries across the world by several research teams. This renewed heuristic offers new perspectives on the understanding of the health and mortality transitions. Urban environment is the most difficult to deal with because the sources are particularly massive, the individuals and families highly mobile, and the confounding effects (for example the confusion between places and classes) are especially frequent.
However, during the transitional periods, cities are growing, becoming the cradle and the grave of the majority of the populations, they are the most exposed to old and new diseases with often a terrible cost of entrance in modernity (the so-called “paradox of growth”), but they can also frequently benefit from institutions inherited from the past that have to be adapted to face terrible challenges, making from the cities the heart of a new, more positive, modernization.
Indeed most of the previous studies have essentially concentrated on health negative aspects of urban assets, completely ignoring their strengths in terms of social services and medical resources. They have also adopted a static approach, failing to consider the changing process of urban transformation.
Finally, researchers all across Europe are trying to link longitudinal historical databases with present data material, bringing to the analysis aspects such us intergenerational inheritance of certain demographic behaviours.
How the interactions between on one side individual trajectories leading to survival or death, on the other side institutional activities and policies, can explain the transition from an urban over- to an urban under-mortality? This Workshop would like to join together all those works and strongly encourages the submission of papers shedding light on the variety in urban population mortality experience and health related behaviours, making use of individual micro-level longitudinal data.
We invite proposals until May 1st, 2011. A proposal must include name, contact details and affiliation of the author(s), a provisional title, and half page summary and has to be sent to either:
Diego Ramiro Fariñas (diego.ramiro <a href="mailto:diego.ramiro)
Lucia Pozzi (lpozzi <a href="mailto:lpozzi)
Michel Oris (Michel.Oris <a href="mailto:Michel.Oris)
Prior to this seminar we have organized a session at SSHA Boston, entitled Intra-urban differences in infectious mortality, which is also related to this IUSSP Seminar and is open now the Call for papers.
So feel free to distribute this email to those interested.
All the best
Dr. Diego Ramiro Fariñas
Científico Titular Tenured Scientist
Instituto de Economía, Geografía y Demografía
Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Spanish National Research Council
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